Wilde Kind gears up for new music

The band will be releasing their first single for 2021, ‘Lost the Sunscreen’, later this month.

12 February 2021 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE







WINDHOEK

To a certain extent, Namibian music lovers where starved of new music last month. February, however, is different. Adding to the plethora of new music releases this month will be Wilde Kind.

The band is made up of lead singer Danella Smith from Namibia, drummer Teryy Knight from England, pianist Julian Bonitz from Germany, lead guitarist Thomas Booi from Netherlands and bassist Fito Rodriguez from Spain.

Engaging tjil earlier this week, Smith said Wilde Kind, which translates to Wild Child, is not like any other band.

She said they interplay emotions by twisting bittersweet, complex lyrics with easy-listening melodies.

“Wilde Kind refuses to be put in a box. Most songs combine elements of alternative folk, indie rock and melancholy sounds.

“My bold lyrics range from sociopolitical commentary to nostalgia for my home country. Bilingual compositions in both English and Afrikaans take the listener on a trip through a unique musical journey,” she said.

Anthem of freedom

Describing their forthcoming single, Smith shared ‘Lost the Sunscreen’ is an anthem of freedom.

She said the song reflects her Namibian upbringing while giving the listener enough room to create their vision of a summer dreamscape.

“During these unprecedented times, ‘Lost the Sunscreen’ embodies the feelings of sunshine, warmth and adventure,” she said.

Smith announced that the single is the first song off the band’s full-length album which will be released later this year.

Cultural melting pot

From production to album design, Wilde Kind has created an independent product they hope will bring music fans great enjoyment.

“We consider ourselves as an artist collective channelling the creativity of collaborators from eight nationalities - Namibia, Spain, England, Germany, Netherlands, Estonia, France and Ecuador,” Smith said.

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