20 entertainment Friday, June 30, 2017 | NEW ERA MUSIC ‘KusKA’ marches to the Beat of the Navy BaNd (Photo courtesy I luv Swakopmund) The Namibian big brass Navy Band leading the traditional Kuska carnival procession through the streets of Swakopmund on Saturday. Donna Collins SWAKOPMUND The coastal town of Swakopmund wouldn’t be the same without its frolicking week of ‘Kuska Carnival’ activities, which this year celebrated its 32nd year winding up with the popular Saturday morning. Donna Collins reports. A total of 18 brightly decorated floats with over 350 carnival procession participants danced, sang and marched their way past the throngs of people who gathered on the pavements to join in the merry-making. Once again all eyes were on the Namibian Navy Band members, who struck up the beat and as custom has it, led the carnival with their big brass instruments glinting in the sun. Men and women, all meticulously dressed in crisp white navy gear topped with black hats, marched to the sounds of their blaring ‘big band’ music, which announced the arrival of the carnival convoy to the excited onlookers. Behind them, a bevy of leggy ‘Garde Girls’ strutted their majorette’s moves, in traditional Kuska attire of miniskirts, bright red blouses and feathered head gear, in synch, as they snaked their way through town. In fact, the Namibian Navy band has become an integral part of this traditional annual German celebration, and has been invited to lead the Kuska Band master, Commander Jason Markus, who also plays the clarinet, says that of the 64 Navy band members, he only chose 33 of the musicians for the Kusaka.The Navy band is able to play a wide variety of March music, which depending on the occasion will determine what they play. “Throughout the year, we are invited to perform at state functions for the different ministries, which calls for a more military style repertoire, to what we played on Saturday,” he explains, saying this was around the ninth year they have led the Kuska Carnival procession. “It is really a wonderful experience to play for such an occasion, because of the interaction with the crowds, who really enjoy our music,” he says, adding, it takes a lot of practice to keep it up. Markus says they rehearse their music for hours each day, as well as participate in a physical training regime, as they need to be in shape to both play and march at the same time. “On an occasion like Saturday we covered a distance of over four parade, and some of the instruments like the Trombone and drums are quite to pull it off.” Markus says the Namibian Navy Band, which is based in Walvis Bay, has grown into Namibia’s pride and joy. Many of the members have learnt to play their instruments through facilities such as the College of the Arts, and perform on request. Meanwhile, Mark Nederlof, one of the main 2017 Kuska organisers, says that the Navy Band is a perfect attribute to the Kuska carnival activities, which sets the pace for the ‘Garde girls’. He said that the band is a huge draw card with the public, and that the organisers were really happy that they were part of the festivities again this year. MUSIC Oteya at Africa Local female songstress, Oteya, who is expected to thrill fans at the launch of the Africa Hip-Hop Awards in Lusaka, Zambia tomorrow. Hip-Hop Awards Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Local female songstress, Oteya is at the first ever launch of the Africa Hip-Hop Awards tomorrow in Lusaka, Zambia. Her manager, Sula, at Ogopa Butterfly, and one of the best music promoters in the country, says Oteya is also scheduled to give a dazzling performance during the launch. She has been invited following her successful video “Watagwan”, featuring one of Zambia’s foremost Hip-Hop artists and reality television star, Macky2. Oteya’s video made headlines when it was recently released on social media, and it has been playing daily on DStv’s Trace Africa channel. The much anticipated Africa Hip-hop awards was revealed by the co-founder of Platinum Events Productions Africa, Nana Yaw Obiri Yeboah, who is also the organiser of the awards. Africa Hip-Hop Awards launch is like a home coming for many relevant Hip-Hop artists according to the organisers. Nigeria’s Hip- Hop legend and astound rapper, Jude Abaga, famously known as M.I.; South Africa’s powerhouse HHP; newest Kenya’s flamboyant Khaligraph Jones; everlasting Navio from Uganda; Malawi’s dynamic Third Eye; amazing DJ Lambo from the Chocolate City family; Zambia’s magical duo Chef187 and Cleo Ice Queen and the incredibly endowed multiple Ghanaian award winning rapper, E.L. are all expected to perform during the event. Africa Hip-Hop Awards launch will be the first event that the landmark Africa Hip-Hop Awards instituted by Platinum Events Productions Africa, with further guest appearances from industry players like Hadja Kobele of Universal Music Africa, Mike Strano of PHAT Kenya / ONGEA, Rab Bakari from MixerPot USA, Blaze Kenya and many more, showcases
Friday, June 30, 2017 | NEW ERA MODELLING 2017 Karen Beukes, 23, Windhoek Liandre Claasen, 23, Klein-Aub Elizabeth Ipinge, 24, Suné January, 23, Rehoboth Martha Kamati, 23, Romilly Mouton, 23, SwakopmundTessia Mutwamezi, 23, Rundu Sabina Samuel, 23, Delsie Somaës, 22, Walvis Bay Zandria Swart, 22, Leone van Jaarsveld, 21, Swakopmund Sunet van Schalkwyk, 24, Leonardville Ngaevarue Katjangua Windhoek It is ready, steady and go for Miss Namibia 2017 tomorrow at the Country Club Hotel and Resort in Windhoek. Tickets are available at Lana Dry Cleaners in Wernhill Park and Maerua Mall at Biosculpture Namibia for N0 per person. Meanwhile as excitement for Miss Namibia 2017 tomorrow reaches the peak, we take a sneak pick at what to expect from the beauty pageant clothing line with a turn to one of the designers, McBright Kavari, putting the final touches to the cocktail collections for the finalists. Adding some accessories to the dresses, he could not hide his delight in reaching the finishing line just in time for the big occasion, another humbling opportunity for him to work with Miss Namibia. “I was tasked with making the cocktail collection for the contestants and I am just finishing the twelve dresses each entertainment Ready, steady - Go for Miss Namibia 21 with its own design.” Kavari adds that he could not conceal his excitement but panicked at the thought of how he was going to execute the consignment. “ I started wondering if I am going to pull this off, above all I wondered if I will get sponsorship or not.” The determined designer said he made the dresses without any sponsorship but with help from friends and family. The classic, elegant and sophisticated designs are, however, to be expected from him. He adds that the designs are inspired by Doctor Helena Ndume who always has something new and different which remains classic and elegant. Kavari notes that he was strictly ordered by the organisers to work on a black cocktail wear collection. “The organisers came up with the whole idea and concept of the colour and everything, so I was told to work on a black collection where I put in a bit of a colour display.” COMEDY South African comedian, Trevor Noah, has not only flown the South African flag high in the world of comedy, but he has also made Africans proud to be African with his witty and relatable jokes on the international comedy scene. He became the first African comedian to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2012, and made history in September 2015, when he took over from Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show. Noah was born in February 1984 in Soweto, Johannesburg to a black, Xhosa mother and a Swiss-German father, a family unit which was illegal MUSIC under the then apartheid system, which outlawed interracial relationships and families. His biracial identity and experience inspired his first book, New York Times Best Seller, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.” The audiobook was Audible’s highest rated audiobook of 2016, and the book earned Noah three awards in 2017, namely the Zora Neale Hurston Award and two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography, and for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author. Noah started his career as a comedian in his 20s, after taking to the stage as a dare from his friends. He appeared on various TV shows, including having a recurring role on one of South Africa’s popular soap operas, Isidingo, and he had his own radio show called Noah’s Ark on the popular Gautengbased radio station, YFM. After appearing on The Tonight Show in 2012, Noah became the first African comedian to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2013, and became a recurring contributor on The Daily Show in 2014, before officially taking over as the host when Jon Stewart was retiring. Africa.com Gospel show awaits capital Staff Reporter Windhoek One In Christ Acapella gospel show will be held next Friday at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) from 6pm. The show will feature five groups from four countries VM6 (Namibia), EL sHADDAI (Namibia), Jasper Sea (Zambia), Stand (Zimbabwe) and Vibes (Angola).These groups are award winning acapella groups in their respective countries. The tickets are selling at N0 per ticket and anyone interested can contact Jabulani on 0813283116 or Peter on 0812281163.This is the 8th gospel instalment for One In Christ Windhoek since 2011. The organisation promotes local gospel and regional artists who come and perform in Namibia every year. Jabulani Ncube, who representing the organisers One In Christ Windhoek, says: “People should expect a moment of worship with lyrics that speak highly of the coming of the Lord and a moment of connecting with the groups and understanding their intent. We hope that people will be blessed.” Peter of the local award-winning ensemble, VM 6, says they are happy to be part of this show that will offer a significant day for the genre of gospel music in Namibia.