Bullet ya Kaoko awards group members

10 Dec 2016 14:20pm
OPUWO, 10 DEC (NAMPA) - Oviritje outfit Bullet ya Kaoko has managed to put not only the Kunene Region, but Namibia on the international map through its work.
Opuwo mayor, Albert Tjiuma said this on Friday during the group’s awards ceremony in which group members were awarded for the contribution to the group.
The awards were presented by the group leader, Masatu Thom, who told Nampa that the awards will be an annual event aimed at boosting the morale of the 32 members at various levels.
“We have to make our members and supporters feel appreciated,” Thom said.
The first batch of certificates went to those who represented the group nationally, while those who toured with the group in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) were awarded in the second catergory.
The best dancer, best keyboard player and best male and female singers were also awarded.
Speaking at the same occasion, former Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga narrated how the Namibian government had to financially assist Bullet to represent Namibia across the borders.
“When the group had to go South Africa during the 2010 World Cup, the government had to release N.dollars 45 000 in 24 hours while in 2014 when the group had to perform in Brazil they were short of N. dollars 500 000 which was released by government in four days,” Herunga said.
‘Bullet’ has financially assisted most of its founding members to complete school and many have since joined the Namibian Defence Force after completing high school.
The group has been active in the Oviritje music genre since 2004, and is one of the few Oviritje outfits that has stood the test of time and remained together as a unit without disbanding.