Some artists from Rundu want to see their traditional Okavango music known as makuranganga being recognized and classified in the same category with other traditional popular genres like Oviritje.
The artists are appealing to all the music critics and musical icons in the industry because they feel the people from the Kavango region are left out in terms of where genres are concerned.
For instance the OvaHerero people have Oviritje, Oshiwambo people have Shambo and Damara people have Damara Punch this therefore led to a group of artists in the Kavango region holding a meeting early this year.
“We called a meeting with other artists in the region to discuss getting a genre for our own music. We worked with Araffath on our song Waya Waya which is currently also playing on channel O and he asked us what type of music it is. We told him it is not house nor pop it is Mutjokotjoko (Kavango rich traditional dance music). You need to get traditional infused sounds in a song” says DJ Glob.
To encompass all the traditional sounds in their music, they use congas, shakers, Bongas, ndjemde, mure, ndingo and marimba to give them a sound that is unique to artists from the Okavango region. The artists who hail from the capital of the Kavango Region, Rundu say they have been searching for a genre that they can participate with in the Namas
“We have spoken to producers like Elvo and Maj Beats and we had a similar experience as with Araffath. They both asked us what type of music it is and we had to sit down them and explain to them. We believe this will be a great start for our music recognized by the Namibian Annual Music Awards (Namas) organizers” said Zille.
Even though they regard their music as Mutjokotjo sounds, they want to classify their genre as Makurunganga.“Makurunganga has become a household name to many music lovers in our region, our country and beyond the borders, “ said DJ Glob.
Cosma Karambuka a house artist from Rundu who concurs with the others stated that their type of music embraces their culture as Okavango people thus a genre that will differentiate their music from the rest is required. “There is a history behind our music and we want the rest of the Okavango people to classify us with something closer to them. Makurunganga means someone who knows something, there is something deeper rooted in it for this reason we would want our own genre similar to the other tribes having their own genres” he said.
Another artist known as Konga Grey who classifies his music as Matjakili stated that as artists from the Kavango region they need to have a genre that encompasses words said in their own style, “we need have a genre that covers our style in our own words. We need to promote our cultural music thorough the Makuruganga genre. Another reason is that we also want a genre to aid us in partaking in the Namas” he said.