These past few weeks sombre news has been on loop on the internet. For this reason, Namib Insider! is keeping up with our friends in the stage and screen industry through a series of Q&A’s titled ‘Lockdown Missive’. During this series, we will feature various performers and creators as they share their quarantine experiences and at the same time, bring a little more light on the internet.
Today we have singer-songwriter Zikii, who has also written songs for a couple of Namibian movies. Zikii released her debut album in November last year and she currently serves as the 2020 ambassador of Song Night. Zikii is also a radio presenter and member of Collective Singers- a group of singers who mainly share their talent in aid of the less fortunate.
When the first lockdown was announced in March, what was your initial reaction?
I got an instant rush of mixed emotions. I got worried about the projects I have planned for this year as a Solo Artist. And also, the first Song Night for 2020 was basically scheduled to take place in March and the thought of it being cancelled was just terrible because I have always looked forward to being a part of Song Night. As the 2020 Song Night Brand Ambassador, my year was literally marked to officially kick off with the first Song Night of the year, however; everything had to come to a standstill as the lockdown became our reality as Namibians. (Update: This Song Night event will be live on Song Night’s Facebook page.)
What really bums you out about the current state of events?
There are a whole lot of things that really bother me e.g. cancelled performances, cancelled trips etc. however, the one thing that bums me out the most about the state this pandemic has us in, not just as Namibians alone, but as the world at large, is that with all the deaths, pain, sacrifices and social distancing, some people still find room for racism which is so sad and wrong on so many levels. Life in general calls for unconditional humanity and solidarity, now more than ever.
Productivity wise, what have you been up to?
Well… As for me, it’s a tiny bit different due to the fact that I work for a Media House (Energy 100 FM) and therefore fell under the Essential Services. We are, however, on a rotational lockdown and on my off days, I’m either writing a song, rehearsing, reading or busy with some tailoring.
It’s probably hard but how have you been trying to keep a positive mental attitude during these times?
God! I start and end off each day with a prayer; spend time in His presence through reading the word and listening to a whole lot of Gospel and uplifting songs. Before the lockdown started, I was so caught up in my Job, rehearsals, performances, recordings, travelling and side hustles which didn’t leave a lot of time for family and friends. So, I’ve been making the most of my days off by just living in the moment and appreciating the time I have with the people I love. Singing and writing also takes my mind off what’s going on around me and always leaves me feeling lighter.
With the arts temporarily shut down, how would you advise people to continue to support the arts industry?
I would urge people to really support every artist out there going out of their way to still keep you entertained through Live Streams regardless of our current situation. Also, it would be really nice if our Radio Presenters from their respective Radio Stations focus a whole lot more on Namibian Artists too(Art in all forms).
During the lockdown, have you discovered anything that you’d like to recommend to Namib Insider! readers?
I would recommend The All Americans, Black Mirror and one very special book- The Bible.
Looking to the future, what are you looking forward to most when all of this is over?
I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on stage, getting started on my planned projects, seeing my relatives and friends, being able to give hugs again and travelling.
Lastly, a penguin walks through your door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
He says “Ola Zikiiiiiiiiiiiii, ola mi Amor!” (followed by kisses on the cheek)
“I’ve got a five-course meal delivery for you, yummy in your tummy.” (Yes, because I love my food lol)