The all-conquering African Vocals

A group of local musicians plan to promote Namibia through a tour to Germany.

11 March 2019 | Local News

Joel Nambuli; African Vocals member; We would love to tour the world to spread the spirit of Namibia and the message of peace and unity.

Adolf Kaure - Africa Vocals is an all-male a cappella group from Swakopmund which consists of 11 members namely: Joel Nambuli, Aibeb Eduardo, Tjiposa Markus, Elago Mattheus, Hoaeb Sebulon, Majiedt Theoley, Josef Elia, Kahambuee Kungairi, Romanus Afrikaaner, Sylvanis Hanadaob and Reinhold Innocent.

The group performs mainly African traditional authentic music but is not limited to this type of music as they also do other genres.

African Vocals, managed by Regine Hink, was formed in 2012 with the objective to build a group that can promote Namibian cultures and traditions, as well as Africa at large, around the globe through their music. The group, which supports school kids mentally and financially, also strives to empower and encourage young people.

Group member Joel Nambuli talked about some of African Vocals’ achievements thus far.

“We had three international tours in 2014, 2016 and 2017 touring Germany for never less than a month. We performed at the Windhoek Jazz Festival 2018, featuring our friend and big brother Elemotho. Our second album, African Vocals Live in Concert, is due in a month’s time.”

African Vocals supports different educational organisations with the funds they raised from their previous tours.

“We are the 2017 Namibian championship of performing arts champions in the vocal category. We won three gold medals and qualified to represent Namibia in Los Angeles. We were among the top 5 finalists out of 250 contestants at the Namibian Talent Show 2016 and are looking forward to our next tour to Germany in April. We will perform at different festivals, have a country tour and represent Namibia at the Solala a cappella competition as the only African group in the competition.”

He also talked about how the group members deal with tough challenges.

“Challenges are always there and will forever be. The best remedy is to listen and observe. If you made a mistake, try not to repeat it. Spreading the message of peace and unity keeps us together, leads us, and of course there is also the blessings we receive from God.”

African Vocals is embarking on a six-week tour to 30 different cities in Germany as from 24 April.

“We will perform either in our own shows or in festivals, and have workshops with different school bands to promote Namibia. We are privileged to have qualified for the Solala a cappella competition as the first Namibian and African group, and will surely take the Namibian spirit along.

“Due to financial challenges we can unfortunately only take 8 singers of the 11 group members.

“The purpose of the tour is mainly to promote our music, build a good relationship and friendship between the two countries (Namibia and Germany) and raise funds so that we can be able to come back and invest in our country. As mentioned before, we support educational projects and schools.”

Nambuli explained that some of the funds generated by the tour to Germany will also help the communities in Swakopmund.

“It is our objective to support students financially where ever possible. We mainly look at less privileged kids and projects which boost our country’s educational system in Swakopmund at the moment. We hope to do this in every Namibian city and village. This will however only be possible without support of sponsors enabling our group to travel for performances abroad.”

He invited Namibians to join African Vocals in this project.

“Our mission is double folded. We want to be ambassadors for authentic Namibian music and culture, and empower African Vocals to be examples and role models for young people by showing them what can be achieved when you have a dream and work hard towards realising it.

“ We would love to tour the world to spread the spirit of Namibia and a message of peace and unity. At the moment most of our support comes from Germany which enables us to tour the country. If we have some support in Germany, why can’t we have it in our own country?”

African Vocals hopes to solicit more support from business owners and individuals to help them boost their outreach project.

“Air Namibia is our only sponsor and we hope to get a few more helping hands. We have a tour brochure which we will be handing out at all our shows in Germany. It consists of information about Namibia, the African Vocals story. It will of course have room for adverts, information and contacts as promotion for our sponsors. There is still opportunity for companies wanting to be part of the booklet.”

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