In 2016, 061Music released the ‘The Area Code’ compilation, with the album helping to introduce new signing and underground rap legend, Maniak Tukondjeni to 061Music fan’s and the public at large.
Maniak has since released his 8-track solo project, ‘The Turalistik EP’ in 2020 with the single ‘The Lingo’ and ‘Pride ft. KaniBal’ becoming popular tracks.
Now he brings you his debut offering titled Last of a Dying Breed. ‘It showcases my ability to be creative with different sounds, combined with my unique style to make music that I am proud of and that stands out,’’ says Maniak.
Maniak recently held an album listening session in collaboration with the ‘Deadly Ground’ platform for his brand new album, ‘Last of a Dying Breed’. ‘’The event was well received and was an intimate session with people purchasing the album on sale after having the audio experience of the album’’, says Maniak.
The production team was Willy-G, Lucciano, DJ Dozza and KaniBal who also mixed and mastered the album. The album features industry stalwarts like Mappz on Prove Yourself and Nga-I brings his golden touch on the hook of the title song Last of a Dying Breed. Oom-P’s candescent vocals come through strong on the beautiful song, ‘Sthandwa Sami’. Don Kamati and Top Cheri collaborate very well with Maniak on a fire track called ‘Bombastic’. Labelmate and A&R Sinna-G, flows distinctively to the groovy beat of ‘Your Body’. KaniBal features on the poignant ‘Lost Souls’, while J-Black lends a verse on ‘No Ordinary’.
Maniak illustrates his prowess as a veteran rapper, with the album being a solid project displaying a lyrical talent not seen in this industry. His music is infused in the fabric of the kasi with a message only too relatable to his growing fanbase.
A mini-series documentary project titled ‘’Maniak Presents Hood 2 Hood – Part 1 and Part 2’’ was released and is available for viewing on the ‘061Music’ Facebook page. It was released as a prelude to the album release. ‘’The mini-series is an introduction of Maniak to the game. I am showing my fans where I am from, what inspires me and what I know how to do best’’, says Maniak.
‘’I plan to release music videos to promote the albums. I have a street album in works and I am open to collaborations with other artists as well. I have plans to continue with ‘Hood 2 Hood’ series, having started in Damaralokasie (D-Block) I would like to document the Katutura experience from kasi to kasi. I will be interviewing underground, raw gems like myself,’’ says Maniak.
The album is already out and is available on music streaming sites, DonluAfrica.com and Audiomack and at Antonio’s arts and at Miami Service Station or you can get a copy of the albums ‘The Turalistik EP’ and debut album ‘Last of a Dying Breed’ exclusively from Maniak for N$100 each, call 0814475493. Catch up with Maniak’s activities on his Facebook page, ‘Maniak Tukondjeni’.