The Namibian (Windhoek)

14 January 2013

Namibia: Classy Acts Lined Up for Music Circle Shows

In the popular courtyard of Nice restaurant and bar in Windhoek West, refined live music is currently being celebrated. Last year saw, amongst others, Polina Loubnina, Shishani, Sharon van Rooi and Vocal Motion 6 (VM6) surprise their fans with new material in this intimate setting.

This year the Bank Windhoek Music Circle will continue in the same veign, completing the circle with four classy acts lined up to perform on weekends in January and February.

The first act to play as part of the Music Circle will be Tonetic. The unassuming, yet highly virtuous and inspired singer-songwriter with the haunting voice and soothing guitar will presents music from his up coming debut album.

Steffen List - the man behind Tonetic, returned to his country of birth Namibia in 2009. A matured musician, List's skills in composition and music production are highly sought out by fellow musicians, music studios and filmmakers alike. On Saturday, January 19, Tonetic and his band ushers in a new year of exciting and fresh live music.

Afterthought is a relatively recent outfit from Swakopmund. The rock band excelled at the last year's NAMROCK festival, their strongest feature being the clever and highly musical interaction between the two guitars and the dry voice of the lead singer, Carsten Grüttemeyer, which oozes with alternative rock sound.

This is a rare and unique occasion to enjoy what must be considered the most promising new rock act from coastal Namibia, right here in the capital, taking place on Saturday, January 26.

In early February Namibian folk singer and songwriter Elemotho will introduce the programme for his Africa tour as winner of the Radio France International Decouvertes contest 2012.

After the successful launch of his latest, 'Ke Nako' late last year, he now has the opportunity to test the musical programme in an acoustic and unplugged format, featuring the same four piece band that will eventually depart from Namibian shores, leaving on his African tour.

Divine Divas Unite will perform on the Music Circle stage on Saturday February 9. This will be the final show of the Bank Windhoek Music Circle. The concept behind this musical extravaganza draws from the National Theatre of Namibia's (NTN) Sista Thang project and offers a sustainable platform to three of the finest and most promising female vocal discoveries of 2012, namely Lilani 'Adora'Kisting, Esme Katjukuru and Johne Louw.

The divine divas present a programme spanning from soul, rock and R&B to African music, supported by a full band under the leadership of bass virtuoso Amakhoe Gaweseb.

Doors for every show open at 19h30. Tickets cost N$55 and bookings may be made with Sarah at Nice by calling 061 300710.

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