20 entertainment Friday, June 16 2017 | NEW ERA COMEDY Classy ‘The Avenue’ hosts comic Courage Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Popular comic, Courage Condo, who has provided Namibians many bouts of laughter with his hilarious jokes over the past few years, is set to make a comeback on the local comic circuit. Tomorrow he hosts a comedy night at Windhoek’s newly opened café and restaurant, ‘The Avenue’. With the night themed “Comedy and Class”, Courage promises a special comedy night tomorrow night. “It’s a collaboration between myself and the newly opened restaurant. It’s also the first time I return to comedy after my recent mugging by unknown gangsters, because I stayed away from comedy for a while,” Courage says. He has been absent from the comedy scene for close to a year, apart from Free Your Mind appearances. “As some say, ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,’ and tomorrow night, audience can expect strong punchlines, good food and great dining,” he promised. The performance will also serve as an opportunity for people to give their dads the best Father’s Day presents ever because June 17 is Father’s Day. In addition, the show features renowned comedian Slick the Dick, Chiro and a bubbling under card, the comic Max the Entertainer! Courage hinted that he would start off with some Father’s Day jokes as a starter, and then move onto his new jokes on, Facelift, relating to his recent mugging, the College of the Arts, Nguvi, SME Bank and food. His jokes are based on things that are currently happening in the country, and he says he pokes fun at things as way to open up people’s minds to the truth. Ryan Lehmann from ‘The Avenue’ says that on the night they will have many of their items on special. “The Avenue hopes to draw a good mix of people to our new upmarket venue where they can enjoy themselves with good food, good friends and good times, which is our slogan at the restaurant,” Lehmann says. The DJs will play some old school music to entertain guests. The Avenue is an upmarket, funky restaurant and lounge with an old school vibe situated on Independence Avenue. Courage is one of the biggest stand-up comedians in Namibia, and is best known for his comedy focusing on life in Zimbabwe. He has won awards such as “Last Comic Standing 2011” and “Male Comedian of the Year 2014”. He was born in Zimbabwe’s third biggest city, Gweru, and moved to Bulawayo at a very young age, Courage had the opportunity to learn both Zimbabwe’s principal languages. This earned him the nickname, coloured, since he was fluent in both of the two most commonly spoken indigenous languages. He moved to Namibia in 2010 to pursue his tertiary education at the University of Namibia (Unam), at a time when Zimbabwe faced a serious economic crisis. In 2014, he summoned up enough courage to present his first one-person show titled “University of comedy, a history lecture on Courage”, which was all about showing who Courage was. Two months down the line he won the crown of Male comedian of the Year at the Free Your Mind comedy awards. The same year he also joined forces with another Free Your Mind comedian, Chiro, and together they became C-square. The duo has staged numerous shows, but they are best known for their viral video series called ‘Boot News’ focusing on Namibian current affairs, and the rest of the world. Tickets for the show cost N Courage the Comedian who features at the classy new joint, The Avenue, during a comedy night tomorrow night. DANCE Sascha the belly dancing ‘goddess’ (Photo: Donna Collins) Sascha Olivier- Sampson is Namibia’s belly dancing ‘goddess’, and someone who has taken entertainment to a completely new level. Donna Collins Swakopmund Professional belly dancer Sascha Olivier-Sampson is about as close to a goddess as you may find. She is an exotic beauty, and creative dancer who has shimmied her hips in countless belly dance spectacles in Namibia, and around the world. She started belly dancing over ten years ago, when she established her ‘Moon Goddess Dance Studio’ in Windhoek, and has since wowed audiences with her grace and radiance. She is also a lecturer at the University of Namibia (Unam), where she heads the Visual and Performing Arts Department, inspiring young people to embrace their creative talents. Through her arts she has danced on stages around the world, in particular Sweden and Switzerland’s Orient Alps Festival. The latter being part of a Unam exchange workshop. Sascha works tirelessly at being a world class belly dancer. She has shifted perceptions of this particular dance genre, which has entered a new level of entertainment in Namibia. Her major achievement to date, must be the annual ‘Shimmy for Shelter’ belly dancing extravaganza, choreographed by the ‘Moon Goddess Dance Studio’ for the past eight years. ‘Shimmy’ is a showcase of local belly dancing talent, and is hosted every year in Windhoek and Swakopmund, to coincide with the celebration of World Belly Dance Day during May. With a heart of gold to add to her string of attributes – in particular a compassion for animals – Sascha produced the ‘Shimmy for Shelter’ as a fund raising platform for various animal charity causes in Namibia. Having recently taken a welldeserved curtain call from her twohour sell out shows, this year’s theme ‘Myths and Legends”, was everything and more. The fabulous costumes and props were designed mostly by the dancers themselves, who comprised a cast of around 40. Local dancers were joined by groups from South Africa, Zambia and America, with the youngest cast member being nine years old. This year, the generous funds collected through the Windhoek show were donated to ISAP (Intelligence Service Against Poaching), while they will donate the money raised in Swakopmund to the much needed Desert Lion project. In previous years Sascha has been focusing on donating the funds raised to the Windhoek SPCA, Have-A-Heart which sterilises underprivileged pets, as well as the Swakopmund township Feed-A-Paw charity. “I am concerned with animal welfare and am a huge animal lover, so I have used my platform as a belly dancer to create awareness for animals in need,” she says. “Belly dancing has really grown from when I first started, and ‘Shimmy’ has done a lot to change audience’s perception, whilst putting Namibian belly dancers on the map,” Sascha says. “This is a show enjoyed by the whole family, and has become so popular, I have repeated requests to take the show internationally.” She also said that she now offers belly dancing workshops as the demand has increased. “I am proud of what ‘Shimmy’ has become, as I didn’t start out with expectations, and was just producing a show to raise funds for a charity of my choice,” Sascha adds. But her work doesn’t stop here. In addition to holding workshops, and judging competitions, Sascha has been invited to perform at a major Belly Dance Festival’ in Johannesburg. She also has been asked to perform in fund raiser for the deaf, as well as a Cancer Association charity event in October. She will wrap up her busy year with the not-to-be missed ‘Carnival of Flames’ held in Swakopmund during the December festive season.
Friday, June 16, 2017 | NEW ERA MODELING Model set on becoming world class act entertainment 21 Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Just like any other aspiring models in Namibia, Selma Mulunga, has big plans of becoming a top class model around the world. She is one of the youngest and most ambitious local models, and has already won many accolades Selma says she was inspired to pursue her career in modelling by the winner of Miss Namibia 2003, Petrina Thomas. “A few months after she (Petrina) won the crown, I had the chance to spend some time with her; talk to her and even get a ride in the car she won at Miss Namibia. “Just by talking to her, I felt inspired. She is very beautiful, friendly and humble. She was my inspiration,” Selma says. Selma started modelling in 2013 by taking part in small pageants. The same year, after she won the title of first princess at Miss //Kharas FM, she decided to put her full effort into modelling. “It was a very hard decision to take part, but I was positive about it and got to the first stage. From there, I couldn’t stop. I kept on taking part in different pageants and actually never lost a pageant,” Selma says, and adds that she always walks away with something. Some of the successes she has achieved in modelling include being crowned Miss Independence last year; Miss IUM Walvis Bay 2016, Miss Energy 100 FM 2015, first princess at Miss IUM 2015 and first princess of Miss // Kharas FM 2013. She has also won titles as first princess at Miss Keetmanshoop Show 2013, second princess at Miss Diamond 2014 and first princess at Miss Keetmanshoop 2015. S e l m a s a y s s h e w a n t s t o take part in Miss Namibia one day, and win the Miss Namibia crown to enhance her career internationally. Born 22 years ago in Windhoek, she grew up in Keetmanshoop where she learnt how to present herself on the catwalk. “ I ’ m v e r y a m b i t i o u s a n d focused. I grew up in a small town but my dreams are big. When I set my mind on something, it must be achieved,” she says. She grew up loving pageants and always believed she had to win every pageant. Selma Mulunga has a big dream of becoming a top class model. COMEDY Mark leaves audience craving more Mark Kariahua, also known as The Fresh Prince of Okakarara, performing at his reloaded show at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) last Friday. Sabina Elago Windhoek Comic Mark Kariahua, also known as ‘The Fresh Prince of Okakarara’, had the audience in stitches as he humorously took them down the memory lane to his life story, especially relating to years gone by. The Fresh Prince of Okakarara proved at his reloaded show last Friday that he remains a charming and skilful comedian. He had hardly climbed onto the stage as he plunged into a narrative a b o u t h i s l i f e , w o r k and how famous he is becoming. “I finally got a job at 99FM and what I like most about my job is my parents can finally l e a v e m e a l o n e . T h e y were always asking, ‘so you tell jokes opuwo?’ And I felt sorry for them because they were often asked ‘your child hapo is he Mr. Bean (Is your child Mr. Bean?)”. “ B u t I p e r s o n a l l y d o n ’ t c a r e , ” r e t o r t e d Mark jokingly. He kept joking about how hard it is out there, particularly because he is famous now. “It is so hard to be on billboards and not have a car of your own. When I am taking a taxi I always try to hide my face, because someone might recognise me and ask a hundred questions. It’s a really a difficult lifestyle to maintain,” Mark added. For 60 minutes, Marked babbled about every detail of his life much to the amusement of the crowd. He further told the story of how he was once mugged and robbed of his phone late at night, jokingly attributing his fate on the night to his small stature, which made him an easy target for the robbers. “I need to get a big bodyguard to protect me,” Mark joked. The audience kept asking for more as they could not have enough of Mark’s jokes. MUSIC Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Profit comes out from hiding Local hip-hop singer, Panash Pieters, best known as Profit, is not new to the music industry. Many have seen him performing alongside well-known rap and hip-hop acts such as Jericho and Bertholdt at various local festivals for the past seven years. But now, Profit has come out from the shadows to claim his own spot in the limelight. Not only that, he has also announced the release date of his much anticipated debut album titled ‘The Fallen Angel’, which is apparently taking the industry by storm. The album is due for release on June 24. “Even though I haven’t reached the peak of success in the music industry after having been it for seven years, I’ve done my homework on the industry. “I am still going strong. This goes to show that music is not only a hobby or a talent, but for me it’s a lifestyle. Therefore I will never go quiet for as long as God gives me the honour to live,” Profit says. He is well known for hit songs like ‘Let Me Go’, featuring Kanibal, which he says was an eye opener in the music industry. The song has enjoyed a good amount of air-play on local radio stations like Base FM and Fresh FM. Other hit songs include ‘Genesis’ featuring Jericho and ‘Pycr’ and ‘Unique’. He recently released a song called ‘Do Dab Dab’ featuring Don Kamati, which is busy making waves. “I chose to name the album ‘The Fallen Angel’ because it speaks about people who have been jaded by life, but have not let that destroy their inner beauty or their compassion. “They still believe in themselves and have gone over and above to make it in life,” Profit says about his upcoming 11-track album. DJ Mentoz recorded and mastered the album. He says nowadays people forget about the entertainment aspect of music, and about the way it used to spread the message to people. “I am more of a midstream/commercial artist. I have music people can relate to, whether it be household issues, what’s happening in the world or for those with broken hearts. “There are also songs that can attract hip-hop lovers; the type of sound trending in hip hop,” he says. Working on the album was a satisfying experience, with almost every established artist he has worked with contributing, Profit says. His fan base in music started at the age of 13 when he was part of the musical group, Young Damage. He was under Jericho’s wing, and performed at various school shows as well as at different music festivals. Last year he performed at the South African singer Cassper Nyovest’s show and also filled up the Kuisebmond show hosted at the Coast. He also performed at the Micasa show in Swakopmund. He will launch his exclusive preview album at the DMT Lounge, where established Profit is back to take the music industry by storm. artists such as Bertholdt, Djay and John Gregarious will perform. “I am planning on an invading the south tour later in the year, so please stay tuned to my social media for updates,” he says.