New Era (Windhoek)

Zimbabwe: Formula Band, Harare Files and Suzy Eises Feature At the Goethe Centre

Windhoek — The Formula Band who blends traditional Ovambo melodies and instruments with rock and reggae, give a live concert at the Goethe-Centre/NaDS tonight at half- past seven O'clock (19h15). Entrance is N$40 in advance and N$50 at the door. Tickets are available from the Goethe Centre.

Also, the Centre sees a launch this afternoon of a book by Lorena Rizzo titled Gender and Colonialism. A History of Kaoko in north-western Namibia, 1870s-1950.The book deals with colonialism on a Namibian periphery and considers both the German colonial period as well as South African rule in the country. The marginality of the Kaoko region within this colonial topography of power is analysed as a dynamic and fractured feature where power relations and constellations remained highly contested.

On Wednesday and Thursday the Bank Windhoek Theatre School in Robert Mugabe Avenue at seven O'clock (19h00) features the production, Harare Files which focuses on Operation Murambatsvina. Operation Murambatsvina was an initiative of the Zimbabwean government in May 2005. Close to 700,000 people, by some measures almost a third of the population of the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, were left homeless. Harare Files is a one-person theatre production which tells seven of the 700,000 stories of Murambatsvina. It focuses on seven selected first-hand stories of the women affected by Operation Mu-rambatsvina, told in their own words. It is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. The narrative drama and poignancy of these true and personal stories is over-whelming, sometimes shocking, even choking, but always tran-scending: how women dealt with such destruction to their lives and their sanctity. This testimony is brought to the stage by Tonderai Munyebvu, adapted from In My Own Words: Zimbabwean Women's encounter with Operation Murambatsvina, directed by Sarah Norman, and pro-duced by Pamberi Trust. The Harare Files salutes the people of Harare.

The production on Thursday would be followed by a concert by one of Namibia's latest jazz sensations, Suzy Eises, at the Goethe Centre. Suzy Eises is a positive, young, aspiring Jazz musician. She attended a one year music course at the London Centre of Contemporary Music between 2009 and 2010. Suzy has worked with South African house DJ Groove Candi and featured on her debut track, 'I decided'. She performed at the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters held in October 2011 sharing the stage with Jimmy Dludlu and Simphiwe Dana. Suzy started 2012 by opening for South African house sensation, Mi Casa at the Windhoek Showgrounds. She performed at numerous festivals and corporate events in Windhoek, Namibia.

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