Consistency paying off for Ethnix
By Rosalia David
FOLLOWING eight years of being consistent in the music industry, Afro beat duo consisting of Etjo Kangumine and Julius (Page) Hamwele’s work is finally paying off with their new track ‘Open Up’ making strides.
The song which was released early this year now stands at more than 400 000 views on YouTube while music fans are also reacting to it on TikTok with more than 400 videos ‘sing along’ videos uploaded.
In an interview this week, Confidente caught up with the duo to get a grasp on the recipe they have been using to survive in show business.
“We didn’t expect the song to go viral but we did have a great feeling about it as with most of our songs and the support means the world to us. It has been a crazy and tough eight years so, finally, being consistent is paying off,” Kangumine said.
Asked on what inspired the title of the song, she said it was on ordinary day when the duo was having a bit of fun and the catchy name popped up.
In May, Ethnix shared the stage with South African ‘Summer Yo Muthi’ hitmaker duo Blaq Diamond and also scooped their first Best R&B NAMA award.
Kangumine said sharing the stage with the South Africa duo opened up doors for them resulting in earning more fans and bagging possible international features.
“Any platform is God’s gift to us especially during these trying times,” she said.
With shows currently on a standstill due to Covid-19, Kangumine however mentioned that the duo is gearing up for an album which is scheduled for release later this year.
“More music is coming, that is all we can promise for now,” she added assuring music fans of a project that is on a whole new level.
“We are not sure about when we are going to release, but we never disappoint and with the upcoming album we decided to have fun without diverting from what we are known for, but just a little more diverse.”
With their friendship seeming everlasting, Kangumine said what has kept Hamwele and her together as a duo for many years is actually their ‘differences’.
“We are family and have come a long way, and perhaps what is more unique about us is our differences which we understand very well,” she explained.
Four months ago, the duo kicked off the year with another banger titled ‘Ohole so nice’.