New Era (Windhoek)

30 November 2012

Namibia: Old Musicians Regroup to Welcome Home Fellow

Windhoek — On hindsight, they might appear a bit long in the tooth but hearing them strumming through some cover versions of golden oldies during a rehearsal session is enough to convince hardcore music lovers that these musos from yester years have lost none of their nostalgia and musical finesse.

The Community Hall in Khomasdal promises a hive of activity when the popular Sigera musical ensemble opens the "Simply Down Memory Lane" live gig in honour of former Beep Bob Brothers' guitarist, Danny "Ndundu" Ketjiperue on Saturday, December 7.

Danny, who also had a short stint with the Cross Roads Pop Band, made a surprise retreat to his native land after 38-years in exile. With his return, his old buddies thus feel obliged to offer the prodigal musical son the most dignified fashion.

And such a warm home welcome befitting him is nothing short of a live show to rekindle the good old days. The live show will feature a horde of retired musicians and singers in the shape of former Dead Wood lead vocalist Sledge Kanime, former Baronages front man Lesley Kozonguizi and the lady with the golden voice Cynthia Schimming, formerly with the now defunct Khomasdal pop band Falcon Five.

The cherry on top of the cake will be undoubtedly the surprise performance of the reborn Beep Bob Brothers, featuring some of the old guards led by seasoned saxophonist Hosea Mahua, Flemmy Hengari (bass & vocals) Danny Ketjiperue (guitar & vocals) Bethuel Tjituera (guitar) Sackey Mahua (guitar) Ricky Katjivirue (drums) and Coskey Ngaizuvare (vocals).

Members from the Baronages pop band gang up with the hot Sigera Band to take revelers down memory lane with memorable songs such as Heaven must be missing an angel, She loves you, Why did you do it, Some kind of wonderful, Shambala, No matter what and many hot tunes from years gone by. Namibia's internationally acclaimed bassist Willy Mbuende will also be in action as a guest artist backing several singers. Plans are also in an advanced stage to lure some members from Children From Pluto (CFP) to join the fray. Entrance fee for the much-anticipated live gig is a mere N$50,00 per person and would-be attendants are advised to purchase their tickets well in advance.

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