New Era (Windhoek)

1 February 2013

Namibia: Music Circle Host Elemotho

Windhoek — Internationally acclaimed Namibian artist, Elemotho, is the star attraction at the Bank Windhoek Music Circle tomorrow evening at the NICE restaurant when audiences gets the exclusive opportunity to watch the most recent Namibian export live.

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.

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", says Ernst Herma, Director of Downtown Music & Entertainment.

More good news comes from ARC-Music, an independent, well established record label in the UK - and this may well be an indirect consequence of Elemotho's tour of Africa - which has agreed on a compilation of sixteen of Elemotho's most popular tracks to be released worldwide.

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 an 'unplugged' fashion, which means that the emphasis is placed on the acoustic elements of the tracks as opposed to an 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.

Patrons attending three shows over the course of the festival will be invited to a later show of their choice and treated to a NICE hamburger free of charge. Tickets cost N$55 and bookings are made with Sarah at NICE (Tel: 061 300710). For further inquiries feel free to contact Ernst Herma (eherma@mweb.com.na) or Jana Brückner (jana@wolwedans.com) at NICE.

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