Wilde Kind drops new album this Thursday
11 October 2021 | Art and Entertainment
Namibian-European world alternative folk band Wilde Kind will release their new album ‘Omhanda’ on Thursday, 14 October, on all major streaming platforms.
‘Omhanda’, an Oshiwambo word for rhinoceros, is the band’s first full-length studio album.
Lead singer Danella Smith shared that rhinos are special to Namibia and the world, adding that their music pays homage to animals who face extinction due to human action and inaction, among them the rhino, elephant, the pangolin and many more.
“Rhinos have roamed the earth for millions of years and are a vital part of a healthy ecosystem. Yet these mighty beasts are now fighting for survival, and have become an emblem of conservation around the globe. Sadly, rhinos are not the only animal whose survival is threatened.”
Homage to nature
Smith mentioned that the title track’s brass section was created to imitate elephants trumpeting, while the voices of the children’s choir reflect the innocence of a species threatened by extinction, as well as a hope and plea to preserve and protect the natural world for future generations.
“Wilde Kind’s new album is a homage to home and nature,” she said.
Smith, lyricist and songwriter of most of the songs on ‘Omhanda’, has two homes: Her birthplace Namibia and her current home-base, The Hague in the Netherlands.
“My songs reflect my love and concerns for the state of nature in Africa and the world,” she said.
“On this album, listeners will be taken on a journey through many different feelings and places in a mix of three languages - English, Afrikaans and Oshiwambo.
“From slow and dark folk ballads to happy indie-pop singalongs, the album offers many delights,” she said.