Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

25 January 2013

Namibia: Elemotho Hits the High Notes

Local music lovers will next month have an opportunity to watch Elemotho live at the Bank Windhoek Music Circle before the international award-winning artist embarks on a thirty-two African nation tour.

Elemotho and his three co-musicians will take to the stage on 02 February at NICE restaurant before going on a whirl wind tour of Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Mauretania, Cape Verde, Reunion Island, Niger, Congo Brazzaville, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, North Sudan, Zambia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, Ruanda, Uganda, Angola, and South Africa, courtesy of a sponsorship from Radio France International.

"Thirty-two concerts in thirty-two different African cities over a period of three months is a challenge, and a momentous task, but a great opportunity for Elemotho and the country as well to share some of our music with the rest of Africa", said Ernst Herma, Director of Downtown Music and Entertainment.

Elemotho will perform at NICE with the same crew that will accompany him throughout the African continent - Ermelinda Thataone on percussion and vocals, Sam Batola on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Polina Loubnina on flute.

Elemotho, of course, plays the guitar and provides those haunting vocal melodies that have made him popular across the cultural divide in Namibia. Audiences can expect songs from his latest album Ke Nako in an 'unplugged' fashion.

Opening for Elemotho will be Ray, a young singer-songwriter with many years of musical experience, performing solo - voice and guitar. A former sound engineer of the Penilane rock ensemble, Ray became a musical member of the group in 2010.

Following will be Blossom, who introduces songs from her latest album, Komuthiya Gwomea while comedian Slick will provide a stand-up sketch on music in general, with a special reference to 'Ele', as Elemotho is affectionately known by friends and fans alike. Tickets cost N$55.

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