… Universal language of music finds expression in interactive percussion
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
DRUM Café Namibia, one of the world’s leading interactive percussion groups, has been operating in the Land of the Brave since January 2016.
The percussion and marimba group was previously known as Ongoma, before deciding to trade as Drum Café Namibia.
Ongoma was founded in 2002 by Namibian tour guide Volker Röder and some fellow Namibian drummers.
What started off as an occasional informal drumming circle, and performances at beach bars in Swakopmund, quickly developed into a sought-after entertainment product for the corporate market, which showcases the universal language that is music.
After Volker tragically lost his battle with cancer in 2012, Ongoma relocated to Windhoek as a fully-fledged entertainment company, offering interactive drumming for teambuilding and traditional African music performances, as well as facilitating large-scale live music events.
The company was then registered as the Ongoma Trust, and is currently being administered by Irmi Röder and Desmond Nasima.
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