African Vocals sing online
Tour to Germany a possibility in 2021
28 May 2020 | Art and Entertainment
Joel Nambuli; Group Leader; “It is sad if you lose your job and you are not able to provide for yourself and your family.”
African Vocals held an online concert at the Lutheran Church in Swakopmund on Sunday, streaming it live on their Facebook and Instagram pages.
The all-male a cappella group was scheduled to tour in Germany from 25 April to 5 June, but had to call it off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to group leader Joel Nambuli, since they couldn’t travel overseas, they decided to host the show online, not only for friends and fans who wanted to see them perform in Germany, but also to reach out to people across the globe.
According to Nambuli, almost all the group’s singers have lost their jobs due to economic strain caused by Covid-19 in various industries.
“It is sad if you lose your job and are not able to provide for yourself and your family. However, all we need to do is find other ways to sustain ourselves,” he said.
In light of this, African Vocals came up with a crowd funding project two days before the online concert was held.
Crowd funding refers to an online platform which allows fans to make a donation towards the group.
“It is a great platform for musicians to generate an income. Other established musicians sell their music online, but we are not as lucky, so we decided to rather use the crowd fund platform to generate money for ourselves,” Nambuli said.
The funding project is open for donations to African Vocals until the end of May. So far, the group has collected €2 033 (approximately N$39 480) from generous donors.
The group has hinted at hosting another online concert in June, with the possibility of touring in Germany next year.
Rena Ulr, an African Vocals’ fan who saw them perform in Germany in 2018, wrote on the group’s Facebook page that she was sorry to hear that the tour had been called off.
“The time will come to see you in Bremen, maybe next year. I saw you in Bremen two years ago and it was great. Be safe and stay home.”
The group, which was formed in 2012, consists of 15 members between the age of 22 and 30. One day they hope to live from their music. However, at the moment they still need full-time jobs besides their music.
The singers discovered their passion and talent for music in school, church and youth choirs.