Godfather of drums Siegfried “Ou Jomo” Haoseb and Legendary guitarist Sebulon “Axue” Gomachab
Indisputably, the foremost talents ever to grace the shores of Namibia, their contribution to the music space of live performers, is unheralded. The names “Ou Jomo” and Axue resonate excellence beyond perfection. With a combined experience of nearly 60 years between them, “Ou Jomo” on drums and Axue on guitar have woven together music so eloquently, that their musical foundations is what laid the grounds for modern live band performance. Imagining a musical appearance without their contribution on drums and guitar is like disowning a right heir of his heirloom in the musical hall of fame of contemporary Namibia.
In paying homage, the NAMA Executive Committee, thus is pleased to announce that the 2018 NAMA Lifetime Achievers will be conferred to Legends Siegfried Ou Jomo Haoseb and Sebulon Axue Gomachab on the 28th April 2018 at the 8th edition of the NAMA’s at the Swakopmund Dome.
Profile Siegfried Ou Jomo
Long before, Namibia’s coming of age; there exist men like “Ou Jomo” born in the dusty streets of Nau-Aib Okahandja.
Jomo began his professional musical career with renowned old location Afro-Jazz Saxophonists late Ou Naftalie Leyden and late Ou Ale (Axaro Alexander Jesaja ‡Ouseb) in Okahandja at his Grandfathers community hall in Okahandja.
Soon afterwards, at the age of 15 in 1972, he joined a pop group called Ugly Creatures, who sang a mixture of world renowned Music Groups Covers. He recorded three albums with Ugly Creatures appearing on drums called, “Creatures of the Earth”, ‘!Nosa !Keib and “Generation”.
Unfortunately, Ugly Creatures went into an enforced sabbatical in 1980. Jomo started to session for number of other groups, most notably The Baronages, The Weekend Band and Ama-Africa later known as The Heroes Band.
As time passed Jomo started appearing for number of Church Music outfits, most prominent was the ELCRN Choir later renamed Bach Choir and recorded number of Christmas songs.
Soon after, Jomo and friends from Ugly Creatures formed another Church Music Group called Garere Music Group and recorded four (04) albums and toured Germany on two occasions participating in Church Music Festivals and own performances.
One of the highlights of his career is when he formed a backing band for the late Jackson Kaujeua called Mukorob, with this band and the late Kaujeua, Jomo travelled the world to partake in many international music festivals. Jomo has played with many Namibian musicians, gospel and Church Music Choirs, and recording artist such as Ras Sheehama.
Many passionately know him as the godfather of drums. Ugly Creatures restarted in 2007 under the leadership of Dantago Nicro //Hoabeb assisted by Ou Jomo, and is still active to-date.
Profile of Axue
Axue was born in Windhoek, but grew up in the small settlement of Okombahe in the Erongo region. A self-taught guitar player, he honed his guitar skills from watching his father play the coveted instrument. Aged eight, Axue could string chords together and hold tunes together on his father’s guitar, that the young land was given a free hand to perform in the family choir, as they say from there history beckons.
With years passing and driven only by passion, Axue would trekked almost every Friday on foot from his home Okombahe to Martin Luther to play with a school band at one of Namibia’s most eminent school Martin Luther High School.
Martin Luther High School, was a revelation in the artistic industry in pre independence Namibia, where he met up with the likes of Axali Doeseb, Doc //Naobeb, Jefta, !Noabeb Moses !Omeb, Nicro //Hoabeb, Joni Adams and Emil Keister.
As a member of an ensemble of the late Jackson Kauejeua and the Mukorob band, he toured countries such as Germany, Canada, USA, Nigeria and China marketing Namibia’s dawn at Independence.
He also featured on the international album compilation a “Handful of Namibian Artist” released in 2004, where he appears on the album with the likes of Rash Sheehama, Patricia Ouchurus, Ngatukondje Nganjone aka Ngatu and Sharon van Rooi.