20 entertainment Friday, February 9 2018 | NEW ERA MUSIC Disc jockeys, the new local entertainment craze • Pinehas Nakaziko Disc Jockeys (DJs are the new trend in entertainment locally. Specializing in creating unique and personalized in night out clubs, wedding receptions, school dances and corporate events, the DJ’s are currently taking over the entertainment industry bringing a unique brand of entertainment to every event. Pinehas Nakaziko speaks to some local DJs who making their marks on the DJ circuit. Afroberies Female djs are also making themselves noticeable in the industry. The Afroberies are is female family DJ duo of Albertina Hamutenya (DJ Alba) and Magdalena Johannes (dj Maggz). The duo teamed up to form Afroberies in 2014. Dj that dee-jaying was for male djs only. “But little did we know that there were female djs out there spinning decks but never got but music lovers made it easier and comfortable for us,” she says. Being a music lover and wanting to do something about it drove dj Maggz. She says one mistake djs make is getting into the music industry for fame. “If Photo: Contributed Passionate…DJ Asserdeep, currently one of the master discs spinners on the local DJ-ing circuit, developed the passion since childhood. one make it, let your work speak for you,” she says adding that one subgenre that does not really get attention from deejaying the Damara Punch genre. She hopes to play at the Ultra Music Festival one day. Dj Maggz plays all genres not limiting herself. Her most embarrassing moment was when the music stopped while the crowd was dancing. For dj Alba spinning the disc started way back when female djs in Namibia were unheard of and not recognised. “I was a solo dj until I met dj Maggz. I was thrilled to meet someone who shares the same drive as I do and we ended up doing our gigs together were we came up with a name Afroberies which aims at empowering women.” Her biggest inspiration are DJ Juicy, Gazza, Black Coffee, Sally and DJ Zinhle. “They all possess a special character that I took [after], I have learned quite a lot from them and [from] their journey in the entertainment industry. What I love being a dj is having control of a whole crowd. It’s pretty overwhelming for a freakishly shy person like me,” she says. DJ Alba considers herself a versatile dj but if she has to choose and old school Hip Hop and RnB. “My most embarrassing moment whilst mixing would be the day I was scheduled to play after a boxing match and the power kept on tripping for about 30 minutes. By the time the electricity came back, the venue was almost empty.” She enjoys playing the old song of Awilo Longomba, and Disappear by Winky D. “I must admit that our music industry is getting better compared to local content from the early 2000. For DJ Asserdeep With his unique style, Calvin Asser well known as DJ Asserdeep has had a passion for spinning decks ever since childhood. It all started in 2011 alongside the talented beat producer, DJ Shoza, when they joined hands pursuing their hobby with no support from anyone. “I got into the industry to showcase my talent, give music lovers good bumps and help them to discover new music that they’ve never heard before,” says DJ Asserdeep, adding that he strongly believes right now everybody can be a DJ. “So it’s not a question of practice anymore, but for a taste and courage; that one can play at a taste, and yet also challenge the audience.” He has been inspired by Black Coffee, Gazza, Culoe de Song, The Dogg and Pretoria Boys to become a DJ. “I’ve got my personal dress code when mixing, which is a simple, but black hat, a toothpick and an African neckpiece,” he says. His biggest dream is to play at the Hart Van Windhoek festival, and spinning the disc alongside Black Coffee. The worst embarrassing moment during his gig was electricity tripping while on the deck. XIX April brand introduces new fanny-packs • Pinehas Nakaziko The XIX April brand, also known as just Hapi, has new designs of fanny-packs under the theme, Maintaining Namibian culture within modern trends. Fanny-packs are small fabric pouch usually secured with a zipper and worn by use of a strap around the hips or waist. Apart from that, Hapi Auala, selftaught fashion designer and co-founder, has also released other design ranges from street and formal wear, to bags and other accessories, all designed with local elements. “This year we wanted to expand and adds more variety to our bags, with a new collection of fannypacks also known as “moon with local elements to give them that Namibian touch,” says Hapi. She came up with this new product after noticing that fanny-packs were trending once again across the globe, and more fashion forward Namibians were beginning to purchase them internationally. “After receiving multiple requests from clients, I decided to Prototype…Of a leather fanny-pack by designer Hapi Auala newly in the market. create our own fanny-packs made with Namibians products. I created multiple designs ranging in colour, patterns and fabric,” says Hapi, adding that she received a lot of inspiration from the Namibian wildlife, and from the ancient rock carvings and paintings drawn by bushman across Southern Africa. Her bags are made from leather and Odelela fabric, handmade to Hapi’s three-year career came into the limelight after she took part in Windhoek Fashion Week 2016. And also after showcasing her bags designs at the Benguela Winter Fashion Week in Angola New products…Designer and owner of XIX April brand, Hapi Auala, showing off some of her new fanny-packs made from local elements. late last year. XIX April was launched last April. She says her fanny-packs are relatively small such as a phone, wallet and keys. “They are very convenient for a chilling day out or for running errands comfortably.” Her designs come in plain colours of black, brown, and white while others contain hand painted drawings. The products are now available country wide. “Our fanny-packs women and even children, thanks to the adjustable straps made to accommodate all sizes,” Hapi informs.
MUSIC Friday, February 9 2018 | NEW ERA entertainment 21 Their last minute request to give their old time off musically granted, for a good time on the night they were an almost unobstrusive bunch hurled in the corner. With the late muso Flemmy Hengari a member of the Tiree Mukuru unorthodox church in his last days or well before that, the church and its religious fellow travelers indeed made sure that the night of the memorial service for the late musician belonged to them leaving little time for his fellow musos. Not until deep in the memorial service just before the eulogy was read when Mbakumua Hengari, a cousin to the late muso, opened a small window of opportunity for the late fellow musos just before he delivered the eulogy. And when they entreated the religious podium the musos could not but in no time endear themselves to the fatefully mixed congregants commando hall right in the heart of the Katutura Central Constituency. At one point it seemed as though the musos had been struck of the list of the hordes of believers intent on paying tribute. And understandably so because a memorial service in the culture and traditions of the people the late muso hails from, is a serious and somber affair that cannot and should not be confused and contaminated with music, ordinarily perceived as the diet of the Devil and his/ her many adherents, and thus an opium for the believers. Doing the trick was none other than the opening tune by the veteran local musos, a rendition of a golden oldie, by Carole King, You have got a friend (1971). Tito and Cynthia, on vocals, could not have done more justice to the all time popular song. Flanked and backed Ghandi on bass, Jomo on drums, Whannie on Keyboard and CK on guitar. For the bereaved family of the late muso Flemmy, and the believing congregation as much, the song was just what the supernatural may have divine to soothe the broken souls. “When you’re down in troubles And you need some love and care And nothing, nothing is going right Close your eyes and think of me And soon i will be there To brighten up even your darkest night You just call out my name And you know wherever I am I’ll come running to see you again Winter, spring, summer or fall All you got to do is call And I’ll be there Yes I will You’ve got a friend,” go some of the lyrics of the song. departed muso to family, and fellow musos. And equally the right tribute from the musos to fellow, and the bereaved family. But one only wonders if the congregation understood the message other than just seeing the musos as just playing music. But soon the initial euphoria over musos entreating on their holy turf seem to dissipate with the musos providing the necessary background music as the congregants viewed the body. Winding up the night with anther golden oldie, Jesus is Love, by the Commodores. Yes, Flemmy musical send off by fellow musos. And certainly memorial services among these highly religious crowd might onwards never be the same again. Love, alive and well but not for all With Valentines Day, February 14 looming thick and fast next Wednesday, one or two people do not seem excited about the day while some are looking forward to celebrating it with great passion and enthusiasm. Valentines days. Besides, days like those are mere commercial setups created by in on the gullible masses,” Komeheke says. Namibian Broadcasting Corporation’s news anchor, Leonard Witbeen says the importance of Valentines Day in his life ‘Falsetto King’ Bradley Anthony is on a roll this year. And having entered three albums into the 2018 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) which he released last off their feet to top his last year’s ‘Best Afrikaans’ and ‘Best Kizomba’ awards. most nominations, eight. The list includes Best Newcomer of the Year, Best Male Artist of the Year, Best Afrikaans, Best Performance. Bradley says all three albums and because they each represent something collaboration with Lady May, Best House, cannot be overemphasised. “As we get older, we tend to take certain things for granted and love is unfortunately one of those things. So for us to be reminded about why certain people matter to us, it is good to celebrate Valentines Day once a year,” Witbeen says. Queried as to what sort of gifts he Witbeen goes philosophical. “They say only the thought counts but it is important that we give to people gifts that will add a certain value to their two weeks,” Witbeen says adding that he will certainly give his lover “something tangible and valuable”. Award winning sports journalist, weapon formed against his Valentine’s Day merriments this year, shall prosper. and best Kwasa Kwasa categories. This is the second year he has entered the NAMAS. All three albums were written by Bradley and recorded with his producer Joe Kay at and printed at GPV studio in Windhoek with art work created by himself. He has collaborated with a host of local musicians and vocalists, including mentor Lize Ehlers. (12 tracks), are all a collection of Bradley’s best written pieces of music, and deserve a place on everyone’s favourite play list. With his roots in Gospel and choir singing from a young age, there is also a strong Bradley’s tender songs, as he soars to high notes, and soothes you with comforting Hembapu is a steady advocate of that comes with it. He maintains that in a world in which true lovers are a called passion killers, a day set aside to mainstream the importance of love, comes as a treasured drop of sanity into If we are to label Valentine’s Day as a corporate gimmick we might as well cancel Christmas day,” says Hembapu; That said, it is safe to assume there will be romance at the Hembapus comes the day. Kwaito musician Strauss Lunyangwe, better known as Mr. Makoya will be dishing out some love, albeit in a different way. The Lunyangwe household was recently blessed with a new addition to the family and the new comer is hell bent lyrics and soulful ballads. He also steps it up a notch with Kwaito, some Afrikaans and current Afro Pop beats that get your foot Bradley tells that his messages of love threading itself throughout his music is inspired by his love of God, which is why he with his audience. “The love I am singing about has a deeper message and meaning, love for your family, the church, and the love for what you do in everyday life,” says he. Furthermore, he will be entering his two for Christ into the Namibian Gospel Music “This year I want to focus on producing a good music video, as I have worked hard on monopolising the love. “I don’t think baby will be three months old by the time we hit Valentine’s Day so we are going to be pouring all the love we have in him for now,” Lunyangwe says. Meanwhile love, music and romance awaits Valentines at a red carpet event at the Warehouse on Valentines Day. Four of Namibia’s award winning Artist’s and one breathtaking poet will be gracing the stage. Vocalists Ann Singer, Monique English, Micheal Pulse and Jaleel, will be joined by poet Espereranca, sharing her beautiful poetry from her latest album. Jaleel will use this evening to launch his new album entitled “Moments” as well. Advance tickets (N) are available on Airtime City Kiosks, online at http:// romance. Bradley soars to amazing heights with three new albums is very costly,” adds the ever busy Bradley, doing what he loves to do, as well as performing live at corporate gigs. In addition he does some modeling for ‘Temptations’ boutique on the side, and is dressed to ‘kill’ every time he steps onto the stage, which includes sporting a large music note tattooed on the side of his neck as a dedication to his passion. He also offers vocal training when he isn’t recording and songs. Bradley has been a Song Night ambassador and for the past few years, has worked closely with Lize to help inspire upcoming singers. Asked if he had a chance to go abroad and see any artist perform live, he said without hesitation “Christina Aguilera”. Now who can argue with that?