There was an outpouring of grief from mourners on the passing of artist Maria Tuna-Omukwathi Uushona, referred to as Tunakie, the Queen of Otyaka.
She handed on over the weekend and her dying was confirmed to the media by her producer Hint Garren.
Many went to social media to precise their disbelief and luxury the household that has this darkish cloud hanging over them. The reason for dying continues to be not identified. The Namibian reported over the weekend that Tunakie’s aunt stated the singer died after collapsing in a salon in South Africa with out divulging a lot info.
Gospel artist Naftalie Shigwedha Amukwelele, referred to as D-Naff, stated he nonetheless hasn’t made sense of what transpired.
“I’ve been making an attempt to sleep nevertheless it’s simply not coming. How do I unhear this information? The recollections, the travelling, the contribution, the flights, the albums, the awards, the jokes. Why? What now? What’s subsequent? So, relaxation in peace my buddy. You’ll endlessly be a treasure. Oshagwana,” posted D-Naff on Fb, accompanied by a group of images he has taken with the ‘Ondjila’ hitmaker.
The King of Shambo, Set-son Wahengo stated no phrases can describe how he feels, particularly understanding that Tunakie was about to render her voice on his unreleased mission.
“I’m petrified by her passing. We had been making an attempt our stage greatest to uplift Namibian conventional music, particularly Oshiwambo music. About two months in the past, we had been speaking about launching my album the place she would come from Cape City to carry out. I at all times promised we might do it nevertheless it by no means occurred. It is stunning and sudden to listen to that she isn’t any extra, with out being sick even,” Wahengo advised New Period yesterday.
Wahengo recalled travelling to China and America with Tunakie to carry out and promote Namibian conventional music.
“We collaborated on a mission run by the American Embassy, we went with the late Jackson Kaujeua, Axueb, Erna Chimu and Ndilimani Cultural Group. She was a vivacious, robust lady. It was good working along with her. I can’t overlook her regalia. The best way she wore her conventional apparel and carried out was breathtaking and distinctive. She is one particular person whose presence you’ll endlessly cherish and really feel,” recalled Wahengo.
Tunakie was the epitome of Otyaka music. Otyaka means lovely lady. Former broadcaster and classmate Tonateni Shidhudhu stated Tunakie’s passing is gloomy not just for them who’ve shared educational lessons along with her again of their heyday however your entire nation, music lovers and particularly fellow artists.
“We had been in the identical class in grade 11 and 12 at Nehale Senior Secondary College within the Oshikoto area. She at all times liked singing and we weren’t stunned, after faculty that she grew to become a musician.” Kwaito musician Albert Uulenga, referred to as Mushe, stated it’s unhappy information for the music business.
“It is extremely unhappy information to your entire business. Tunakie was all the way down to earth and a simple particular person to work with. I feel it is time we begin supporting our artists whereas they’re nonetheless alive,” commented Mushe.
Singer Daphne Willibard, referred to as Oteya, stated Tunakie was one of many type and she or he has contributed vastly to the music business, particularly to Shambo music. “She will likely be dearly missed,” added Oteya.
Born in Angola 38 years in the past, Tunakie moved to Namibia along with her mother and father on the age of eight and was raised by her grandmother in Ontananga village earlier than shifting to the capital. Her singing profession began earlier when she sang and danced for a music group known as Kakulukadhi Mungunda in Ontananga. ‘Wameme’ which was her debut music, gained her the primary Sanlam-NBC award. Her different hits embody ‘Ekalanyana’, ‘Efeinge’ and plenty of different options like ‘Ha ta Pa te’ the place rapper Jericho Jerome Gawanab, referred to as Jericho, roped her in with Omurari FM radio persona Max ‘T’ Tjiundje.
Tunakie was well-known for fusing Oshiwambo conventional music with up to date music. She is a 9 occasions award profitable artist who has carried out not solely in Namibia however the USA, UK, Austria, China, Dubai and the Czech Republic.