Everything You Didn't Know About The Late Tunakie's Husband And Children

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By  | Sep 10, 2022, 01:43 PM  | Relationships

Maria Tuna-Omukwathi Uushona, better known as Tunakie or the Shambo Queen, was a traditional musician whose music made her known beyond the borders of Africa.

The celebrated award-winning musician was also a businesswoman and owned and ran a hair and beauty salon in Cape Town South Africa but that’s not all there was to her.

Besides being a successful career and businesswoman, Tunakie was also a family woman and her death robbed her loved ones a mother and a wife.

Here is everything you need to know about the late Tunakie’s husband, and her children, as well as a quick look at her background, career and untimely death that shook the country.

Who was Tunakie’s husband?

Tunakie with her husband and daughter, source: Instagram

The late Tunakie’s husband was a man only identified as Hamatwi. Not much is known about him, his background or what he does as he appears to be a private person.

When Tunakie was alive, she used to shower her husband with love and she often posted photos of him on her social media from time to time accompanied by sweet captions.

Before her marriage to Hamatwi, Tunakie had been married before to Trace Garren who was also her producer but their marriage ended.

Tunakie’s children

Tunakie with her children, source: Instagram

Besides being an adoring wife, Tunakie was also a mother and was blessed with three children. She had two boys- Praise and Prosper who are identical twins born in 2011 and a daughter called Princess who was born in 2018.

Both the musician and her husband clearly valued family time and they took time to spend time together with their children.

Tunakie’s background and career

Tunakie was born on the 25th of October 1982 in Angola to Namibian parents who had gone to exile. She returned to Namibia with her family when she was eight years old.

After losing her parents at a young age, Tunakie was left in the care of her grandmother who raised her in Ndapewa Baumullen at Ontananga village near Ondangwa.

Tunakie loved singing and dancing ever since she was little and she was allowed to pursue her passion.  In the early 1990s, she met Papa Ndasuunje Shikongeni and together with Jackson Kaujeua, they formed a band called Ounongo Pamwe.

Together with the band, Tunakie toured the world and performed to crowds in New York, Washington DC, Dubai and China.

Throughout her successful music career, Tunakie’s unmatched talent that was a combination of a beautiful, unique voice and deep lyrics was celebrated across the globe.

Considered a queen in her genre, Tunakie was often compared to other African musical legends like Miriam Makeba, Sibongile Khumalo and Angelique Kidjo. 

Tunakie’s death

The legendary singer passed away in South Africa after collapsing at her salon in Cape Town on 24 April 2021. 

News of her sudden death shocked many and other top musicians and celebrities in the country including Gazza, Sunny Boy, DJ Kboz, and Pombili Shilongo, took to social media to pay their tributes.

While Tunakie may be gone, her music continues to live on with us and her memory will continue to live on.
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