By Anastasia Paulus
Windhoek – After the successful launch of My Ongoma Volume 1 that feature Namibian female musicians last month at the Warehouse in Windhoek, the brains behind the project are now working on volume two that will be out during November 2017.
The 11 songs album features some of Namibian female acts including gospel sensation Maranatha, Tequila, Esme, Ann Singer, Erna Chimu, Tunakie, Freeda, Monique English, Florence, Lize Ehle and many others. The album is a fusion of different sounds and genres.
The project seeks to empower and promote female singers in the country. It is the brain child of local music moguls – Antonio, Arafat and Glo, who banded together to form My Ongoma Media.
“We had a successful launch of My Ongoma Volume 1 at the Warehouse. It was very successful. Now we are busy with a music video for one of the songs in the album,” said Antonio.
The said song is the first track of the album – Woman’s Prayer – that features Tequila, Latifa Queen and Emse. “We are now working on My Ongoma Volume 2 and it will come out at the end of November. We are going to feature female artistes who are not in the Volume 1 like Oteya, Blossom, Female Donkey, Suzy Eises and others.
The idea behind the project is women empowerment. We want to promote our female singers,” Antonio told The Southern Times from his popular stall (Antonio Art) at Post Street Mall in Windhoek’s CBD.
Apart from Volume 2, My Ongoma Media is working on a countrywide tour for Volume 1 starting in August. “We will be visiting all the 14 regions. The album is more of a message. And we are going to spread the message by our female artistes,” he said.
Most Namibian singers owe their successes to the Yugoslav-born Djokic Dragan or simply as Antonio. His Done Deal Record has been home to many young artistes for the past eight years.
Multi-award winning musician Anastasia Linus popularly as Ann Singer was part of the stable before she was signed up by famous South African record outfit – Mabala Noise.
Antonio has also helped drive commercial brands of majority of Namibian artistes by selling their CDs and merchandises at Antonio Art. Popular merchandises of The Dogg, Gazza and other top acts are found at the stall.