WINDHOEK: In a touching tribute to the late Axali Doëseb, President Hage Geingob remarked on Friday that Doëseb’s true calling was in the realm of craftsmanship, particularly in music, rather than in politics or diplomacy. This statement was made during Doëseb’s State memorial service held at the Parliament Gardens.
According to Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA), Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila read President Geingob’s speech at the ceremony. The President lauded Doëseb for his significant contribution to the nation, notably through composing the national anthem ‘Namibia, Land of the Brave.’ Geingob expressed that Doëseb’s legacy is defined by his dedication to his people and his country, and how he used his artistic talent to inspire participation in Namibia’s liberation struggle.
Axali Doëseb, remembered as Namibia’s first post-independence black conductor of the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra, was also a recipient of a lifetime achievement music award at the Namibian Annual Music Awards in 2014.
Founding President Sam Nujoma shared his condolences, stating that Doëseb’s melodies will continue to resonate in the minds of the Namibian people. Swapo Secretary-General Sophia Shaningwa reflected on the impact of Doëseb’s contributions, particularly in composing the national anthem, acknowledging the profound loss his passing represents for the party, his family, and the country.
Amalia Doëses, Doëseb’s widow, poignantly compared their relationship to a piano, with the white keys symbolizing their moments of peace and happiness and the black keys representing their current sorrow.
Axali Doëseb’s son, Anthony Brown, spoke on behalf of the family, emphasizing their desire to celebrate the life of the Namibian patriarch. He highlighted Doëseb’s deep belief in education and the sacrifices he made to ensure his children received proper schooling. Brown also remembered his father as a dedicated supporter of his children, a freedom fighter during the liberation struggle, and a true son of the Land of the Brave.