New TKB single bursts onto music scene

Straight out of the streets of Rundu with an apologetically nouveau sound, the duo TKB released their third single ‘Kandimbe’ yesterday.

09 July 2021 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE







WINDHOEK

If you are a fan of Namibian music, you couldn’t possibly have gotten through 2020 without hearing ‘Mpora’ and ‘Weekend Special’ by TKB, the latter which features TopCheri.

TKB really made some noise with the music and fresh feeling they radiate. This super duo has managed to forcibly grab the game’s attention to witness their evident growth. tjil had a chat with the boys to get insight on how they function and what sort of domination they are going for with their upcoming project.

Their brand has been one that continues to be visible during the pandemic. On how they have been adjusting to the new normal, the duo said it has been a blessing and a curse. They acknowledged that music fans have changed how they consume music and, as artists, they saw an opportunity to visualise their offerings more through different media outlets. “People spend the majority of their time at home now and we credit our relevance and visibility to our fan base, which is dedicated to following our journey and being by our side regardless of the pandemic.”

Giving a status update on their upcoming album, they shared that they meant to drop the project last year after the release of their successful single ‘Mpora’. At the time, the album was set to be titled ‘Vangandu’, but had to be postponed as they didn’t see find it favourable to drop an album under last year’s lockdown restrictions.

“It was going to be difficult for us to promote and market the album since our strategy relies heavily on gathering people,” Abby said, announcing that they will release it this year, but under a different title - ‘Mpora’.

Standing together

Sean Sai Kandere added that when they released the single ‘Mpora’, which means peace, they wanted to instil hope into people as that’s when the country was hit with Covid-19.

“It was important for us to let people know that this is the time to stand together,” he said.

They boasted that they have been recording a lot of new music – “enough to drop 10 albums” – but they have decided to take the trajectory of their last single and give fans comforting songs during these dark times.

Business side

Besides music, the duo has also made strides on the business side of things, having aligned themselves with top Namibian brands like Top Score Namibia and the football club Julinho.

“Top Score was a business relationship at first but they have now become family. They reached out to us for a four-month campaign. They’ve been kind to work with and we look forward to work with them on more campaigns in the future because with Top Score, there is power in the kick,” they said.

Their latest single ‘Kandibe’ was released yesterday, accompanied with visuals shot by Sodo. The video is available on YouTube.

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