Artists celebrate Tunakie

By Rosalia David

LAST weekend local musicians held a tribute concert at Zoo Park in Windhoek to celebrate the life of the late queen of Otjaka, Maria Tunomukwathi Uushona popularly known as Tunakie, who passed on recently.
The show was held on Sunday with more than 100 people showing up to support and celebrate her contribution to the music industry.
NASCAM chief executive officer John Max wrote a heartfelt message read at the event saying that it was sad to mark the Sunday evening as a farewell tribute day to a music industry icon.
He said, “We have all received that sad news that touched all of us that Tunakie is no more. None of us expected such news, but only God knows the journey of Tunakie on this planet would end that way. I believe we all will leave this planet in different ways too.
“I am therefore extending comfort and strength to the family and to fellow artists during this time of mourning the late Tunakie.”
He went on to say that Tunakie had served her purpose and had left a legacy that fellow artists will carry on.
“Go well sister, go well our queen of Otjaka. Your legacy will continue live on. May your soul rest in eternal peace,” Max concluded.
Artists such as Jackson Wahengo, Setson and the Mighty Dreads, D-Naff, Lady Dyna, Sally Boss Madam, Top Cheri, Shikololo, Etondo, Jericho and many others graced the stage with emotional tunes from their catalogues.
The memorial service was put together by industry counterparts such as Fidel Nambundunga, Helena Ngaifiwa and Lucy.