ETJO Kangumine and Julius ‘Page’ Marco (JPM) make up the dynamic afro pop group Ethnix. They are slowly but surely winning the hearts and minds of many Namibians as their unique sound seems to be resonating with the Namibian masses.
Confidente’s Jeoffrey Mukubi recently caught up with one of the duo, Julius ‘Page’ Marco to shed more light on how the group manages to stay relevant and true to their respective cultures.
JM: Why enthix, where did the name come from?
JPM: Ethnix is derived from the word Ethnics, we just added an X at the end. It is basically a category of people who identify with each other based on similarities such as language, culture and also because we tend to add tribal and African elements in our music.
JM: And what defines Ethnix as artists?
JPM: We use vernacular languages namely Ojiherero and Oshiwambo, while fusing that with urban pop music and traditional music.
Our cultures fuel our creativity to create art that resonates with our Namibian people. Our unique sound is basically what defines how we make people feel.
JM: Have both of you always had the passion for music or did you realise the talent later?
JPM: Etjo comes from Okakarara and knowing that it is a small settlement, there were not many entertainment facilities, so she only had her radio and she started singing, which is when she realised that she could sing very well. I started doing covers of icons and gradually started to write my own music until I met Arrafath who saw something in me and Etjo. So we always had passion for music since a very young age.
JM: The single Omaronga, please tell us more about it.
JPM: We did it for our parents, it’s one of the realist songs we have on the album, given that Etjo lost her parents, but still held her end and recorded. It is a song about giving thanks and showing appreciation to our parents.
JM: You come from two different ethnicities and how do you get to gel so effortlessly?
JPM: Etjo is the coolest person I have ever come across. We clicked as soon as we met each other.
Our relationship extends further than the music. It is more of a family because it is easier to make music with someone you relate to. Ovaherero and Aawambo people are very patriotic about their music and combining the two is just pure magic.
JM: What is the plan for the remainder of the year in terms of planned projects, albums, video etc?
JPM: We are planning to finish our debut album which is scheduled to be released in July, as well as dropping a couple of music videos just to flood the industry with the Ethnix sound. It is going to be massive.
JM: Who would you guys want to feature locally or even internationally?
JPM: Locally would be One Blood, Gazza, Sally Boss Madam and Big Ben.
Internationally would be Kendrick Lamar, J Cole,
Rihanna, but we would work with anybody as long as we vibe with them.
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