The Namibian (Windhoek)

28 January 2013

Namibia: Elemotho Live At Nice Before Launching African Tour

The name of the Radio France International 'Decouvertes 2012' competition winner, Elemotho, is currently on everyone's lips and a great achievement it is, indeed, for the Namibian artist and his management.

The competition prize is a fully sponsored tour of Africa, courtesy of RFI, and a doorway to the international music industry.

Audiences have the exclusive opportunity to watch the most recent Namibian export live at the Bank Windhoek Music Circle on Saturday, February 2 at NICE Restaurant, situated on 2 Mozart Street.

Elemotho and his three co-musicians will travel to 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, South Africa - and, finally, on June 12, the group returns to stage its final concert of the tour in Windhoek.

"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 for Namibia as well, to share some of our music with the rest of Africa," said Ernst Herma, Director of Downtown Music and Entertainment.

Elemotho will be performing at NICE with the same outfit that will accompany him through 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 divides in Namibia. Expect songs from his latest album 'Ke Nako' in 'unplugged' fashion, which means that the emphasis is placed on the acoustic elements of the tracks as opposed to electronically enhanced sound.

Opening for Elemotho will be Ray, a comparatively 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'. Last but not least, Onesmus a.k.a. 'Slick' provides a stand-up sketch on music in general, with a special reference to 'Ele', as Elemotho is affectionately known by friends and fans alike.

Doors open at 19h30.

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