Home Fashion Finding happiness in Namastap

Finding happiness in Namastap

By: Rochelle Cornelius

Not many can take dance as a career, worse still traditional dance which is shunned by many for poor financial rewards but Jessica April, one of the dancers of popular Namastap traditional group Mukorob has other ideas.

She said for her traditional dance has given her the happiness and allowed her to travel the length and breadth of Namibia a meeting new people and being able to make a living from it.

Having joined the cultural group at a tender age in 1999 for the love of her culture and support for popularising it to many April is not about to throw it all away, not anytime soon anyway.

ALL PHOTOS: Annual Nama cultural festival -Botswana

“I am a proud Nama woman and being part of this Nama group is a big pleasure. I love my group because it is a true representative of the Nama tribe and its people,” she said.

Their cultural dance is performed by women wearing multi-coloured dresses, matched with the now very much trending “veldskoene” and a suitor around the women’s arm.

“Our dresses are tailored by Nama aunties that live here in Keetmanshoop and with each performance comes to a different colour, dress and excitement,” a joyous Jessica exclaimed.

According to April, their influence continues to grow countrywide and she has also enjoyed the privilege of touring Nigeria for a performance.

The group has also won two competitions before.

“I am very proud of my culture and my dance group because it upholds and expresses the Nama cultural values,” April said.

unWrap.online is an exciting digital magazine based in Windhoek Namibia. Our niche as a publishing company is covering News, Entertainment, Business, Lifestyle and Sport. We have put plans and a robust distribution network in place to enable us to effectively distribute our magazine throughout Namibia and also to the rest of the world via our online platform. At unWrap our main goal and purpose is to document, celebrate and highlight the lifestyles of Namibian creatives whether they are established or aspiring creatives across many fields in the Entertainment Industry.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

Prisca Anyolo scoops Best Media Partner Award

Last year’s Miss Namibia finalist, Prisca Anyolo won the 2022 Best Media Partner Award presented by Milestones Pageants...

Turning art into a livelihood

The Collective Thoughts Volume 1 art exhibition recently opened at the Woermannhaus Art Gallery in Swakopmund.

Radio personality’s inspiring Alopecia recovery

Well-known radio personality Olivia van Wyk has offered hope to women who are goingthrough Alopecia Areata after showing...

WATCH: Meet the Supranational national costume

Inspired by the midnight sky that you can only see in the vast Namibian desert, Julita Kitwe Mbangula’s costume represents the hopes...

Chelsi Shikongo addressing teenage pregnancy through sex education

Miss Namibia 2021, Chelsi Shikongo says that it is essential for young to get sex educationprogrammes as it will be vital in...