BORN and raised in the northern town of Ondangwa, rising star Dama Monique real name Monika Jona has taken the music industry by storm with her music genre Fulukuss.
According to Dama Monique, Fulukuss is a genre that classifies her music. Just like Tate Buti introduced Kwiku music at the beginning of his music career back in 2003.
“I also want to do something different. Fulukuss is a unique mixture of sounds that inspire and motivate the listeners and it also comes with a lot of energy. I have to admit it is more like Kwiku and they are not far more Kizomba music because it is where I took my inspiration from.”
Dama Monique said she was more of a dancer than a singer and it was in 2009 that she recorded her break through song A-pegeda which received considerable airplay on local radio stations and this gave her courage to release her 14-track album The Moment.
On her music impact, the 30-year-old musician said her music is for the people. “I always make sure that they are inspired and further make them believe that Namibia as a country is really blessed with talent.”
Funky dancer on stage
Dama Monique, who performed for the first time at the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) last year, says when dancing there is always a lot of passion involved and the music itself takes her somewhere where she is free to express herself and really show her talent.
Kwiku music dominated by male artists
“It is tough for me, but I feel quite lucky because I am one of few female artists challenging the likes of Tate Buti, PDK, because these guys are really giving me space to prove a point.”
What it is next for Dama Monique?
“My latest single Walalawasala is already out. In this song I am telling young people that are just sleeping day and night to wake up or they will be left behind. I am urging them to stand up and do something with their lives and I am further calling on my fellow artists to notice me because I still have a lot to learn from t h e m . To my fans, my third album is dropping end of June this year.”
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