4 September 2017

Namibia: Song Night Ends Off the Year With African Fest

opinion

The Windhoek night life scene just wouldn't be the same without Song Night on the roster. It was definitely a sad goodbye as the show had its year-end farewell last Wednesday.

Under the 'African Fest' theme, Song Night aimed to put on a spectacular show with a stellar ensemble of performers as diehard fans filled the Warehouse Theatre.

One thing was missing, though. The beautiful Mercedez von Cloete, the usual emcee of the event, was not there to grace the stage with her elegance. Instead, the performers took on the job of each introducing the next act.

Priscilla the Dessert Queen set the ball in motion with a heartfelt performance dedicated to the daughter of a friend who lost her life while trying to raise funds for her matric farewell. Priscilla's presence filled the room while she looked stunning in a white African gown.

Other performers included Song Night regulars such as Christopher the Grand, Bradley Anthony and Sean Kamati. Each of the three vocalists delivered exciting performances. However, some of the others on stage weren't so memorable.

Newcomer Asheeqa, dressed in a blue African print skirt, put on a very confident performance of Freshly Ground's 'Doo Bee Doo'. Although she got lost in the music at times , and her two left feet had her a bit awkward on stage, her professionalism and clear enjoyment of her performance kept her going.

Song Night ambassador for 2017, Frans Marti, performed Davido's 'If' and did the song justice. Another Davido hit, 'Fall', was performed by Marius. Although his vocals were almost impeccable, his rendition and arrangement made the song quite a snooze - a blasphemous act.

Seeing as this Song Night was themed African Fest, I would have liked to have seen more of Africa. Something by the late, great Brenda Fassie, perhaps, or maybe a Namibian classic such as People's Choice's 'Don't Look Back'.

The band slacked a bit by playing with back-tracks from a laptop clearly visible on the stage. As this was the last Song Night of the year, I would have hoped to be content and satisfied until next year, however, on the night I was left hungry for more. There was room to make the show unforgettable, but unfortunately, the show just missed the mark.

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