Kuku_V aims for the stars
Musician grateful for opportunity
30 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment
Kuku_V; Singer songwriter; “I am happy to have made it this far and I am making every moment count.”
Upcoming vocalist Viktor Ambonda who goes by Kuku_V, says he is on cloud nine after being chosen as one of the Top 100 participants in the Voice Perfect Namibia singing competition.
“I am grateful for being given this opportunity. I am happy to have made it this far and I am making every moment count,” said the Swakopmund-based musician.
The soulful singer found out about the competition from a friend.
“I thought that you needed to be perfect to enter. I took a gamble and to my amazement, I was chosen. They called me and gave me a golden ticket as a confirmation that I made it. At that time we were around 180 contestants and now I am in the top 100. So far it has been a remarkable journey,” said Kuku_V.
The competition is being held online due to the state of emergency and lockdown regulations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Entrants submitted videos which were scrutinised by a panel of judges.
According to Kuku_V, this has been a blessing in disguise as it gives him the opportunity to fine tune his auditions.
“The beauty of that is that we have a lot of room to work with. You can mess up and still correct mistakes as opposed to a live concert scenario. It is an eye-opener for me, in terms of where the music industry is at,” he said.
The talented artist who also plays the guitar, chose his stage name Kuku_V in honour of his late grandfather, whom he was named after.
Kuku_V says Voice Perfect Namibia has provided him with an opportunity to propel his singing career to the next level.
“I have to commend the Voice Perfect Namibia team for bringing in judges that are renowned and for giving us a stepping stone to become known. It is a platform for artists that are not known in the country and beyond our borders,” he said.
Kuku_V started doing music in 2008, when a church friend asked him for a song. In this way the lyrics for the song “You are” were born.
“Immediately after that, I went on to compose another song. I was just humming and I found myself writing more songs. I write whatever I think about. My personal devotion to God has brought me to recognise the kind of gift and talent that I possess,” he said.
He encouraged others to persevere to reach their goals and to make full use of their potential.
“If you have a dream, run with it. I believe that every person has been given a gift. Every person carries something in them. I was blessed to recognise and I started running with that.”
He encouraged everybody not to give up pursuing their dreams. “You are going to fail during the process. I failed too. Don’t give up, stay focused.”
The Top 60 in Voice Perfect Namibia will be announced at the end of the week.