16 entertainment Friday, April 27 2018 | NEW ERA MUSIC A Golden Oldies night with a style • Jeremiah Ndjoze Businessperson and selfstyled philanthropist, Teppy Ngaizuvare is at it again. And this time the selfless Windhoek socialite is out to mix business with pleasure. After all, taking pleasure in those merry moments and how they can increase your overall happiness allows us to tune in to the best that life has to offer. And it all gets better when TRIBUTE one makes time to relax a little and reminisce with the golden oldies in the form of music. More so, when the entire affair is billed to benefit the less fortunate members of society. It is with this understanding that Ngaizuvare convenes the Golden Oldies night tomorrow, at a Ausspannplatz hangout spot only known as ConFab, said to be owned by local actress Tjiuna Kauapirura. “I’m a person who travels a lot and I’m always out Nicro, a musical legend • Carlos Kambaekwa The Namibian music industry has been dealt a major blow following the sudden death of Ugly Creatures’ front man Nicodemus Dantago #Hoabeb, aka “Nicro” amongst his vast circle of friends. Born in Windhoek’s old location in 1955, Nicro demonstrated musical virtuosity at an early age hardly out of his pair of shorts, belying his tender age. He developed serious interest in musical instruments when 12 years old, and soon became the core tenor of the then Windhoek Jeug Koor (Youth Choir). At the same age he started playing trumpet, going on to excel as the finest trumpeter Namibia has ever produced. A founding member of Ugly Creatures musical ensemble as its bassist, he was made the bandleader and the band’s preferred poster boy until the time of his untimely death. He was founding member of various CHOIRS amongst them; Judika, Manuba, ELCRN Mass Choir then known as Bach Choir, Garere Music Group - all from Katutura, the MLH ASB. The multitalented musical genius wrote, composed and released a number of albums, touring Germany with the Garere music group twice. In the intervening years, Nicro played an instrumental role with the inevitable formation of NASCAM where he was a Founding member. Apart from his incredible academic achievements, M. Sc. Economics degree from the Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, followed by International Business Management Diploma from the Institute of Business Management in Riedenburg, Germany, Nicro was a noted songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, excellent at bass and rhythm guitars, keyboardist, flutist and trumpeter. He obtained a Diploma in Trumpet and Brass Band Conducting, Germany, 1979. Own Miles Davies... Nicro going to town on his favourite straight horn. to discover new ways through which we can assist some of the less fortunate members of our communities. Being a lover of music, and having studied the oldies music scene for a while, I realise that the way events were being organised leaves more to be desired,” he reflects deeply. The current ‘golden oldies’ scene is devoid of the intimacy that one would want to associate with events of such sentimental value, maintains he. “These days such events are hosted in big town halls with not much control of the ambience or to set the mood,” Ngaizuvare opines. Hence the difference he envisages with his Golden Oldies featuring a complete repertoire of sounds ranging from the 1970s greats such as the O’Jays and the Commodores, not forgetting the original doo-wop sound of the 1950s and 1960s, before ushering in a selection of the modernised genres of the 1980s Throw back… The Commodores are set to feature prominently on the playlist at the ‘Golden Oldies night’ at CONFAB tomorrow night. and 1990s. Ngaizuvare reveals that a fraction of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to a soon to be announced charitable organisation. This will not be the first time that Namibia sees Ngaizuvare’s good deeds. In July last year this businessman, moved by the plight of the vulnerable children in Katutura and the work of the Katrina Nguvauva welfare organization, Ngaizuvare also made a donation of 100kg of meat to the entity.
CULTURE Friday, April 27 2018 | NEW ERA entertainment 17 Cultural festival aimed at uniting Nama community Organisers of the firstever Annual Nama Cultural Festival want to stage a unifying festival for the entire Nama community across southern Africa. The festival, to celebrate Nama traditional practices, will be taking place from May 24 to 27 at the Westdene Stadium in Keetmanshoop.Spokesperson of the organising committee, Antonio Stuurman, says in light of the “shared history and destiny” of the Nama community in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, they wish to stage a unifying festival. “This festival essentially represents the renewal of cooperation and partnership between the relations of the Nama community in Namibia, South Africa and Botswana,” he says. The first of its kind in recent memory, aims to unite all subtribes of the Nama under one umbrella and will be held under the theme “Namakhoëda ge” (We are Nama people). Activities lined up for the event include a 50-horse parade with a brass band including representatives of all 12 sub-tribes of the Nama in their traditional attire; football; a ‘langarm’ dance; performance of poetry, arts and dramas; a panel discussion and music show. A cultural village will also be set up where people will showcase how traditional medicine is mixed, while young girls will be taught to make and wear a doek and there will be demonstrations of how massages were done. Possibly the highlight on the programme is a demonastration of the Kharu-#nûis - a ceremony where a young girl is prepared for womanhood and sits in a dark room of a reed house for five days until her menstrual cycle ends. Some of the invited guests include United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation representative to Namibia, Jean- Pierre Ilboudo; dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Botswana (USB), professor Andy Chebanne and head of Department and director at the USB’s San Research Centre, professor Maitseo Bolaane. The Nama sub-tribes are the |Hôa|aran; |Hai|khauan; |Khowesen; !Aman; Kai||khaun; Kharo!oan; ||Haboben; #Aonîn; !Gami#nûn; !Khar’khoen and ||Khau|gôan.-Nampa MODELLING Beauty to partake in global competition • Pinehas Nakaziko Local beauty, Tessia Mutwamezi (24) is expected to jet-off to Zambia tomorrow to represent Namibia at the international pageant competition of Global Supper Model, taking place in Lusaka this weekend. Tessia will be directed by local pageant director, Bobby Kaanjosa of Pageant Girls. The grand finale will be held at NIPA Conference Centre on May 5 in Lusaka, under the theme “Surviving into the Future”. The Global Super Model is a cancer themed models competition to create awareness and identifying cancer ambassadors across the globe through modeling. It is the first time Zambia is hosting the pageant.During the launch of the competition in Lusaka recently, the president of the pageant, Naomi Banda, disclosed that her organisation is working with the Cancer Hospital. She added that the cancer awareness project aims at opening people’s minds about cancer. The glittery event will see 20 models from different countries competing for the title. Four designers from four different countries will showcase their designs on the finale night. Kaanjosa says different awards from different will be given to the contestants on the night of the grand finale. Tessia has worked with the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN), and has also visited the Cancer Ward at the Central Hospital, with the guidance of CAN and Kaanjosa. This will be Tessia’s second international competition. Last year she took part in the Miss Heritage Global pageant in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was the second runner-up at the Miss Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) last year, and the reigning Miss Namibia second runner-up. Photo: Contributed Local beauty… GlobeTessia Mutwamezi (24) will be representing Namibia at the Global Supper Model pageant in Lusaka, Zambia this weekend. EVENT Eleven-year-old comic gives to community Photo: Matheus Hamutenya Young giving heart… Eleven-year-old Keetmanshoop-based comic and singer, Cee-Jay Platt handing over parcels to elders of the town after promising them last December at his show to do something for them. • Matheus Hamutenya Cee-Jay Platt is no ordinary boy, and he proved just that when he used his own funds to treat Keetmanshoop elders to some parcels last Sunday. After promising some proceeds from his last December show to treat elders here, the eleven-year-old comedian and gospel singer finally kept his word on Sunday giving away parcels containing basic items such as soap, toothpaste and food items to 32 elders. Platt, popularly known as CJ, says after his well-attended show at Keetmanshoop last year, he decided to do something for the elderly community as a way of giving back and showing appreciation. CJ says he has always had the passion for singing and he is the joke cracker in their house, adding that he watches old comedy shows and clips of South African comedian and Daily show host, Trevor Noah, to polish his skills. The young comedian, a Grade 5 pupil at the Keetmanshoop Private School, also cracked a few jokes at the event, leaving the elders in stiches. CJ’s mother, Julien Platt, says the family realised the boy’s talent at an early age and have been supportive. They are working on getting at least two gigs per year, with the next one man show set for Kosis settlement on a date yet to be determined. His father, Charles Platt urges parents to nature their children’s talents and not ignore gifted children, saying support at an early stage is key to good development. “As parents we should give children attention, let us assist the children to bring out their talent and groom them from an early age,” he says.