18 entertainment Friday, December 01 2017 | NEW ERA COMEDY City gets a laughyour-butt-off show Rib-cracking… Comic Neville Basson who promises a laughter- the Hilton Hotel. Photos: Contributed Jeremiah Ndjoze Windhoek As Namibians prepare for the annual invasion of the coastal beaches, serial joker, Neville Basson is preparing to send them off with a comic mischief. Jeremiah Ndjoze previews his laugh-yourbutt-off show tonight. ‘Sobiso! - Jokes Must Fall’ opening tonight not only promises a laugh-your-butt-off, but also to leave you toned and perky from all the laughing. The comic says a lot has been happening in the past two years, since his last show, that ought heartedly. “We’ve got the economic situation that everyone is grumpy about, yet nobody is prepared to dump their side chicks. And, of course, the politics which kept us all entertained throughout the year,” Basson quips. Born in Katutura, Basson’s brand of comedy always resonates with the Namibian masses because of his original punchlines. He started his career as a stand-up comic along with long-time friend, Lazarus Jacobs, and since they have been on the roll, concocting rib-cracking jokes about literally anything around them from shebeen intellectuals to Brazilian hair, township culture to corporate dialogue and even political sarcasm. “But Lazarus has made a lot of money in the last couple of years, he is not in the mood for stand-up comedy right now,” Basson quips again, explaining his partners noshow for tonight’s event. However, he maintains that those who want to see Jacobs in action should still come. “Yes, there will be a screening of a YouTube video in which both Lazarus and I are competing against Frankie Fredericks in a 100m sprint,” Basson says. The event is slated for the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek tonight at 19:00. Tickets for the show are available at all Shoprite, Checkers and USave retailers. Basson assured people livinga on the western side of the railway line not to be intimidated by the Hilton brand. “And while the ‘pyp’ Castello and Zorba will not be on sale at the bar, you can still make little trip to your car every now and then,” the comic lightens up typically. ARTS Belly dancer selected for World Art Champs Donna Collins Swakopmund Professional belly dancer, Sascha Olivier-Sampson, has been selected from a team of performing artists to represent Namibia in Los Angeles in July 2018 in a two-week World Performing Art Championships. Sascha is part of a large team of various artists in all age categories selected after the national championships in October. Sascha is in the belly dancing category out of nearly 50 various contestants in singing, acting, dancing, instruments and modelling. The exotic beauty and creative dancer, who has shimmied her hips in countless belly dance spectaculars, while dressed in dazzling costumes, has wowed audiences throughout Namibia and around the world. “It it s great honour to have been selected as one of the dancers for Team Namibia, and we really intend to do our country proud, as this is going to be a once in a lifetime experience,” says Sascha. Sascha began belly dancing over 10 years ago, when she established her ‘Moon Goddess Dance Studio’ in Windhoek, and since then has wowed audiences with her grace and radiance. She is also a lecturer at the University of Namibia, where she heads the Visual and Performing Arts Department, inspiring young folks to embrace their creative talents. Through art, she has danced on stages around the world and has caught the eye of many international organisation. She works tirelessly at being a world class belly dancer with her major achievement to date - the annual ‘Shimmy for Shelter’ belly dancing extravaganza. The show which has been running for eight years is choreographed and produced by Moon Goddess Dance Studio to raise funds for various animal and charity causes. This show coincides with the celebration of World Belly Dance Day during May, and this year’s proceeds from shows in Windhoek and Swakopmund were donated to the Intelligence Service Against Poaching (ISAP) and the much-needed Desert Lion project. Sascha claims that her belly dancing extravaganzas are enjoyed by the whole family, and have become so popular, she has heeded requests to take the show internationally. Sascha has also hosted shows to raise funds 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’ in Swakopmund this month during the festive season. Meanwhile, Sascha says donations and sponsorships of all values to help her achieve her dream to perform in Los Angeles would be appreciated (even items donated at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. LA here I come…Professional Namibian belly dancer Sascha Olivier-Sampson, who has been selected to represent Namibia at the Los Angeles World Performing Art Championships next July.
Friday, December 01, 2017 | NEW ERA ARTS entertainment 19 The speaking gang… SWN Team, as the Spoken Word Team is known, is ending the year tonight and on Wednesday at the Warehouse Theatre. ‘Spoken word’ end year with a bang Jeremiah Ndjoze Windhoek In existence since 2004, one can safely say Spoken Word Namibia has come of age. In fact, if Spoken Word Namibia was a parent, her child would be going through puberty - a time of great excitement and looming good days. It is with these same sentiments that the Spoken Word Namibia team is approaching its last show for the year 2017. A show anchored on diversity, just like diverse personas of the acts that will bring it together. “We’ve seen them come and go. We’ve also seen them grow, as many of our poets have gone into other areas of performance, building audiences of their own in related and original art forms and Spoken Word, following a passion to create a culture of poetry, story-telling, writing, and performance, is proud to be part of the growing community of artists who advocate for a safe space to share original thought, creativity and freedom of expression,” Team SWN, as the organising crew is known, reveals. Team SWN maintains that while the artists have been busy with their own hustles, as the sun sets on 2017, Spoken Word is regrouping for an end-of-theyear show that will blow the audiences’ socks off. The ‘Running down a dream’, show opens tonight to resume next Wednesday at the Warehouse Theatre. Entry fees is N and N for non-students and students, respectively. Spoken organisation run by a committee whose members offer time and services without remuneration. MUSIC Awesome 2017 show with Mtukudzi on track Ocrhain Sampaya WINDHOEK Amidst rumors and expectations of Zimbabwe’s chimurenga musician, Thomas Mapfumo, also known as the Lion of Zimbabwe, returning from exile with the wind of change sweeping in that country, another Zimbabwean muso is in Namibia as scheduled. Oliver Mtukudzi is tomorrow night performing at the City of Windhoek parking area, assures Alma Nangolo one of the organisers of the show from Oshili Nawa 24. “Of course, he is still coming, we organising this event to take our passion for awesome people into the real world with a smash hit event that lets awesome individuals get together and share the experience of 2017,” says Nangolo. Local line-up includes Namibia’s leading female artists Sally Boss Madam and Oteya as well as Warakata hitmaker, One Blood. Not to mention PDK, Ndilimani, Soul Jah and Diop. Still coming…Oliver Mtukudzi performing in the capital tomorrow at the Awesome 2017 year-end concert with a line-up of local musos like Sally Boss Madam, Oyeta and One Blood.