Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

9 November 2012

Namibia: Music Circle Presents Erna Chimu

Just when we all thought that the joy of jazz had ended last week at the successful Windhoek Jazz Festival the Bank Windhoek Music Circle proves us wrong. Renowned songstress Erna Chimu will perform at the Bank Windhoek Music Circle at NICE Restaurant this Saturday.

The artist has seen her traditional music appeal rise internationally. Organisers of the show say Erna is set to wow the crowd with her melodious voice. Erna's style of music infuses a mix of Khoe-Khoe and Herero twang delivered in a flawless fashion that leaves listeners begging for more. Some of her popular songs include 'Telewaniba' and 'You were my only lover'. She is currently hard at work producing her second album, assisted by Christian Poloni of Cabanon Music. She says the forthcoming album is guaranteed to 'spin some heads and move some toes'. The songs in the new album will have a traditional sound throughout and are sung in Lingala, English, Khoe-Khoe, Afrikaans and Herero.

Saturday evening is Erna's last performance before leaving for Yaounde, Cameroon, where she will take part in the Le Kolatiere African Music Market. She is accompanied by Gerson Doeseb on keyboard, Sam Batola on guitar, Guichont Bikoumau on percussion, Jean-Pierre 'Jipe' Ntsika on bass and Lebo Motabeng on drums.

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