New season, new music

16 August 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Trio AmaZonkies are among the artists releasing a new body of work this summer.

Afro-pop and dancehall trio AmaZonkies made up of Tommy, Ferry and Starking are gearing up for the release of their second album titled Lose Control, at the end of September. The 14-track album will be released under Ees' Namflava Music record label. tjil caught up with spokesperson of the crew, Tommy to share what the album is all about.

Back with their sophomore, AmaZonkies definitely prepare to rise to the occasion aiming to reach urban masses, courtesy of a multitude of collaborations.

Tommy revealed that the album was produced by award-winning producer Araffath Muhure. In an effort to give their fans a taste of the album, the trio will be releasing their third single off the album titled Teka on Saturday, 23 August. “Teka is an Afro-pop song that will make people dance,” said Tommy.

Speaking on his business relationship with AmaZonkies, Ees said that he first noticed the trio when he saw a really well-executed music video by them on YouTube. It was then that he saw potential in the group. They then got into contact and ended up working on a song together which was called Gimme That. “I feel as established artists we should support the upcoming artists and help them to get into the industry the right way by mentoring them.

“Mentoring them contributes to our Namibian music industry becoming a better place for artists in the future. We need to promote the spirit of unity and discourage the 'everyone for himself' behaviour and tribal divide,” said Ees.

Tommy announced that prior to the release of the album, the trio will host a listening party with their fans at Fuji Lounge in Ongwediva on Friday, 6 September. “At the listening party, we will be joined by King Tee Dee as our special guest, he will also give away 100 free tickets to his 28.09.19 concert, so we urge people to come out in their numbers,” he said.

With the album being released under Namflava Music, Tommy added that they hope to sell many units of the album. He clarified that AmaZonkies are not signed to Namflava Music, but have a distribution deal with the label. “With this album we intend to invest the profit in building a recording studio. There is so much talent in the north but few good standard recording facilities,” said Tommy.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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