Zion is here
Spreading God’s love through music
22 March 2020 | Art and Entertainment
Holly Noabes; Member; “…we want to share God’s love, peace and hope.”
A youthful singing duo from Arandis known as Zion, plans to head to the studio soon and are ready to take the music industry by storm.
The group, which mainly focuses on the Christian pop and R&B, consists of sisters Wondy (23) and Holly (17) Noabes.
Wondy says their love for music comes from their grandparents.
“Our late grandfather, Johannes Noabeb, loved playing the guitar and our father inherited the love for music from him. He exposed us to that life at a very early age being a musician himself,” said a bubbly Wondy.
Although they have not yet released any music, the duo who plays acoustic guitars, also play soulful covers of other Christian pop artists like Nigerian Ada and Tanzanian Nimix.
The covers are recorded in video format and can be found on their YouTube channel, Eclesia Wondy Naobes.
They describe Zion as a Christ-like, loving, joyful, self-confident duo who provide hope. They say their biggest achievement so far has been to hear how their music lifts the spirits of people who listen to it.
According to the duo, the three most memorable events for them involve performing on a show held at NBC’s Studio 7, the Truck Port ground breaking ceremony held by the Arandis town council, and at a social responsibility day hosted in Swakopmund by Welwitschia Music Productions.
So, where did the name Zion come from?
“It is a Biblical name. With our music we want to share God’s love, peace and hope. That’s what Mount Zion means to us. It’s a reminder of God’s dwelling and is a place full of unconditional love,” Holly explained.
Wondy and Holly initially took a few basic singing classes at their church, Eagle's Christian Centre, from their youth pastor Tresfort Banda. Since then have been learning to sing and play the guitar on their own.
“It is a blessing to have my sister share her love of music with me. Many siblings grow up in the same house and end up growing a part, but in our case we are not just a duo but partners in almost everything. We are each other’s best friends,” Wondy said.
Christian pop musician Tobi Mac is Zion’s favourite artist because of his unique way of expressing his music.
Their father, Thomas Noabeb – better known by his stage name Aboeta Naobeb – also inspired them to make music. “We saw the power of music and what message in it can bring. Music has an effect on every single person,” said Holly.
The relationship which they have with Jesus Christ has influenced their music a lot.
“It helped us see the world differently. When we write our music, we write to remind everyone of all of God’s promises,” she said.
Wondy urged young people and upcoming artists to be authentic and persistent in what they do.
“It hurts to see creative, young artists compromise their personality to get people to notice them. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how hard it gets for you to be recognized, just stay true to yourself and don’t give up,” said Wondy.
The duo are set to be in the studio soon to record some music, but chose to remain tight-lipped on when their fans can expect the music to be released.