Friday, December 14, 2018

Meekulu Nanghili Nashima

Namibia´s traditional folk singer Meekulu Monica Aimene ''Nanghili Nashima'' 16 Feb 1998.
Meekulu Monica Aimene, well known as ''Nanghili Nashima'' was a Namibian traditional folk singer who began singing when she was a teenager as early as 1940s. Meekulu Nashima born in 1926 at Omukwiyugwemanya in Ondonga and grew up at Ongali village about 45.8 km west of Omungwelume town, but originally her family ancestry have emanated from Ongandjera. Later she moved to Onghala in Ohangwena region after getting married. She was regarded as a Queen of Otyaka that every men was dreaming for. According to the oral history of Ovambo and the short interview conducted by Kelly Kowalski in 1998 as an episode of the Power Stone (Emanya lomundilo woshilongo).
Hashinhunda wokOngali, Hashoongo wokOngali ya Mbangula. Hainhakula yokamutima moxuxwa, Hailapa yexuli mekondobolo. Aame Haihambo ya nhofaelwa komata, Haixumba ya lokwa oshinyanyangela. O Ndinondjene yaMweneni, Popyeni yaNghoomhoka, Ndakomhani yaNdemupelila, Nghishiikomesho yaWedeinge, Teeleleni yaTai kaxula, limwe o Naahalambe Ingashipola. Aame Hamunyela dja po eedila di tuke, Hamukwaya dja po eenhwa di nhambele. O Kalambalalwa waHedimbi, Kalandulwa waNakapunda. Naimbangu ya fyaala poshivanda, Naipeta ya fyaala poshitunhu. Aame Pali iha papu!
During her golden time being a popular Ovambo's singer of traditional music genres 'Eeloli' along with other Namibian folk singers like Tate Kwela (folk guitarist), Iita YaKadha,Jackson Kaujeua and others. She earned herself an intimate respect,fame and love among the Namibian communities as well as from the visiting foreigners who frequenting at her residential place to conduct interviews and ask her historical related questions. 

 Meekulu Nashima her legendary solo lyrics transcend the national borders and inspired many fans across all tribal lines from Kaokoland far in the west to Kavango in the east include Ombishi (Angola) in the north. Most of her songs became the synergy of the workaholics, it looks like her songs possessing some charging energy when people singing those lyrics of her during working ceremonies like weeding the Omahangu fields, the productivity always immeasurable. I have observed some young woman when threshing (iilya poyiipale), but once started singing those Eeloli songs you couldn't enable to stop them. 


 Video by Kelly Kowalski in 1998 as part of the Power Stone (Emanya lomundilo woshilongo).

 
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