22 entertainment Friday, July 28, 2017 | NEW ERA PROFILE Local actor, director wants to conquer world Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Award winning actor and director, Armas Shivute Armas, is busy working on his profile so he can penetrate the international film and theatre market. “I have recently just completed shooting an international movie that will be released around September. Unfortunately I cannot shed much light on that until the producers give us that green light. Just watch this space,” Armas says. He ambitiously adds that he wants to make it into the international market and put Namibia on the map. “That is what my team and I are working on now. I have few contacts and I am eying Mzanzi and Nollywood.” Armas fell in love with entertainment at a very young age. “I have always been doing jobs that are related to acting and entertainment in general.” He has mostly acted in other people’s productions, but he has also staged few successful productions of his own such as ‘My Big Brother’ that won the award at the College of the Arts (COTA) Youth Theatre Festival in 1999. His other productions include ‘Daily Hair Salon’ and ‘Barber’ starring the late Stanley Van Wyk in 2005, ‘Shot in the Foot’ starring local singers Lady May and Carlos Lokos in 2008 and ‘Efundula’, a theatre play he did with the Eenhana Community Theatre group between 2006 and 2007. Apart from his own projects, he has also featured in a number of successful productions, local and international. Some of the films he featured in include EXHIBITION ‘No free Lunch’ by Vickson Hangula; award winning film ‘Katutura’ by Obed Emvula and Florian Scott and ‘Where Others Wavered’ by PACON He also featured in ‘One Fine Day’ by NBC; ‘The Next of Kin’, a British Production; Namibia’s first series on NBC 1, ‘The Ties that Bind’, ‘Tit for Tat’ and ‘Love and Respect’ by Dudley Vial. Apart from films, he has also done plays such as ‘President Khaya Africa’ by Theatre for Africa in Cape Town; ‘Katutura 59’ by Fredrick Phillander; and ‘Shebeen Queen’ by Jacques Nashilongweshipwe Mushandja which won him the Best Actor award at the Film and Theatre Awards 2012. Armas says he has also contributed so much to the local film and theatre industry. “I used to work for the National Theatre of Namibia on a project called Youth Theatre Development Project (YTDP). I was tasked with training young people in different areas of theatre, from acting, producing, directing, writing and marketing. I continue doing workshops with interested people up to now,” he says. Most recently he has been working on an arts project with the young people of Lüderitz from the Seaflower White Fish Corporation. “I remain open and available if there are people interested in learning and sharing about this arts genre. It is difficult to conduct these kind of workshops, but with companies such as Seaflower, opportunities are endless,” he says proudly. To top it up, Armas has also been working on a theatre play, ‘Joseph’s Dillema’, directed by Vickson Hangula scheduled for staging at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) in early September. He will feature in the lead role of Joseph. He says ‘Joseph’s Dillema’ is an exciting play, portraying one of history’s worst cases of “infidelity and betrayal”…which for centuries was conveniently overlooked, disregarded and ignored. In the play a young carpenter, Joseph, is happily engaged to his beautiful young fiancée, until someone more powerful than he is chooses that fiancée to bear his son to be. Joseph’s fiancée, Mary, has to give the news that she is going to be the mother of the promised Messiah. The play will feature Dawie Engelbrecht as the sympathetic barman. Armas is currently at the College of the Arts (COTA) doing his diploma in African Performing Arts. “You see when you have been in the trade for a long time you forget that qualifications are very important. I therefore want to show papers of the trade that I am specialised in.” he says. The husband to a beautiful wife and a father to his beautiful kids, he says his family are the reason he pushes for success every day. He adds that being an actor in Namibia is not at all easy. “Our population is very small for one to really crack it, and make it big. Therefore, many people are doing it on a part time basis. You need to remain focused and determined to really make it as an actor in Namibia. You needs to stretch out for you to make it,” Armas says. Going for the bigtime… Armas Shivute receiving his award for Best Male Actor at the Namibia Film And Theatre Award in 2012 for his performance in the film ‘Shebeen Queen’. Sabina Elago Windhoek To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, the Potters’ Association of Namibia (PAN) and the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) will host the 8th National Ceramics Biennale exhibition at the main Gallery. The exhibition aims to promote, develop, educate and ensure that the art of pottery remains alive and well in Namibia. Potters from all over Namibia will exhibit their ceramics. Every second year PAN hosts this jury judged public exhibition to allow the potters to share their fascination with clay. PAN is an Association of a very small group of like-minded individuals who share a love of clay. Most of the members are amateur potters; very few are full-time producers; seven are teachers either in their own private studios or at the few schools and colleges that offer pottery to their pupils. “Potters of Namibia unite! This was the main reason for starting the Potters’ Association of Namibia. We are such earthy people and wanted to know who else in our vast beautiful country felt the same way, and where we could share our joy of the feel of clay flowing through our hands and fingers,” member Genie Albrecht says. She adds that clay is an escape from the conundrum of life and potters in the country share common goals, problem solving techniques and above all the joys of creativity. “We are also trying to pass this on to our future potters so that they too experience the same sentiments,” Albrecht says. The exhibition runs until August 25. Potters celebrate 30 years Earthiness… Some of the ceramic on exhibit at the 8th National Ceramics Biennale exhibition currently on show at National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) main Gallery.
Friday, July 28, 2017 | NEW ERA entertainment 23 29 The other Skincare regimen lifestyle FILMS The Skulls of My People Directed by: Vincent Moloi Cinematographer: Marius van Graan 4 out of 5 stars If your skin has a clear complexion, relatively few pores and is rarely prone to breakouts or product sensitivity, you have normal skin – the most ideal skin type. With normal skin you can basically use almost any product you wish, but it’s important to make sure that the ingredients are nourishing and the texture feels comfortable on your skin. If your skin is constantly greasy, has enlarged pores with a dull complexion and prone to breakouts, you have oily skin. But don’t feel discouraged about having this skin type because in the long run, you will be less prone to wrinkles due to all the excess oil production Skulls of My People tells the story of the Ovaherero and Nama people of Namibia, who were massacred by German forces during the early twentieth century. This thought-provoking documentary, which competed at the 38th Durban International Film Festival, serves as a looking glass into the story of the brave Namibians who are trying to reclaim the skulls of their ancestors, removed from their homeland by the colonial German war machine. Not knowing a single thing about the genocide in Namibia, I arrived at the screening filled with anticipation. I walked into the cinema with an empty mind, ready to be filled. Okay, I admit there was also a tinge of hesitation. As the lights dimmed and the film began, I was instantly transfixed. The stunning visuals coupled with the thoroughly engaging subject matter made for a very powerful and poignant piece. Director Vincent Moloi manages to orientate us with the Ovaherero and Nama people well enough to imbue a sense of familiarity when we are shown their story. The documentary fearlessly faces colonialism and boldly succeeds in giving a voice to the forgotten. Skulls of my People carries itself with a sense of reverence and does not gloss over any details. The extent of the atrocities committed by the German troops is thoroughly investigated. There is a sort of mythic element to the events, the underdogs taking on a modern-day giant in order to right the wrongs of yesteryear. Colonialism is unpacked, investigated in an educational and unique way. Ever since the origins of cinema, filmmakers have been pointing the camera at the things that intrigued them, teaching audiences about their reality and imparting a lesson to them. Skulls of my People does just that in a novel and engaging way. Skulls of My people also featured in Durban on July 21 at The Playhouse. – Citypress.co.za that helps keep your skin from drying and stretching as much as the other skin types. Do not shy away from applying moisturiser because your skin needs to be moisturised. To help reduce blotchiness and breakouts, look for “oilfree” and “non-comedogenic” (won’t clog pores) on the labels, always go for light textured formulas. If your skin feels very tight after cleansing, gets flaky and irritable, you have dry skin. Your skin type needs the most concentrated moisturisers to give it elasticity and radiance. Because your skin does not have excessive amounts of oil, you don’t usually have to worry about breakouts, so it is safe to use a richer moisturiser. As your skin ages or when you feel it necessary, you can invest in wrinkle reducing moisturisers as your skin type is the most prone to developing fine lines. With the right moisturiser and proper skin care routine, your skin will remain radiant and supple. If your skin is particularly oily on the “T-zone” area (forehead, nose and chin) and it is dry or normal on the cheeks, you have combination skin. This skin type can be tricky when it comes to finding the right moisturiser because what works for one area may not work for the other. It is worth investing in two separate face moisturisers, one for the T-zone (oily skin moisturiser) and Review: A fearless unpacking of colonialism in Namibia another for the cheeks and neck (normal/ dry skin moisturiser). If your skin gets highly irritated by several products, or you have skin allergies, it means you have sensitive skin. This type of skin can be very difficult to find the right products for, and it’s best to consult a dermatologist about your product choices. Some general guidelines when buying moisturiser is to look for “fragrance-free” (fragrance irritates sensitive skin) and “hypoallergenic” (contains gentle, less irritating ingredients). Make sure that your face moisturiser contains both UVA and UVB protection to help prevent skin cancer and sunburn. The ideal range of SPF is 15 to 30, and re-apply regularly especially if you are out in the sun for long hours. Always test your new products on a small area of your skin (such as the inside of your arm) for about a week, just to make sure that you are not allergic or develop any side effects to the ingredients. Beauty Ndapanda is a lifestyle blogger/writer. Her articles include wellness and beauty tips to help readers look and feel their best, while her topics on introspection examine thoughts and emotional processes for navigating through life’s ups and downs. – www. beautyndapanda.com Producer of the documentary, Skulls of My People, Vincent Moloi, fielding questions from viewers during the premiere of the documentary in Windhoek last month. NSK Industry Loop Still on Dancing! Can we please get some originality into our moves? I know that as a country we are slaves to whatever South Africans do. However, nothing stops you from stepping it up and leading a Namibian revolution simply with your body! Stanley Mareka, arguably Namibia’s dance icon, has been a great sport when it comes to heeding the originality call. Remember the PDK “We cele” period? Have you seen the video? There is no way you could’ve missed that video because my friends at the national broadcaster abused it! Before the 8 p.m. news bulletin, is net “we cele”. Before “Talk of the nation” is net “we cele”. Imagine…a whole hour of music videos with “Whatagwan” mara when the programme ends…its whaati? “We cele”. Lol. So there is no way you could’ve missed it. Stanley Mareka in that video with his army of dancers from the Equipped Dance Academy choreographed danced moves resembling Namibian roots. You won’t see any Sbujwa or dabbing in that video. There is no way you can tell me that we do not have the potential to enjoy our own original moves. Remember the Kuduru dance? Remember the Bakuten dance? Remember the Xai //na gomasen dance move? You honestly cannot sit there, read this and say Namibians…ultimately your market or South Africa’s won’t enjoy originality. I challenge you to heed my call. Heed it! What are you afraid of? The crowd won’t scream for you? I told you already in last week’s piece that dancing is not about the crowd screaming for you. Let South Africans be South Africans. Your name will never appear in history with you trying to sweep the floor with your legs by dancing Sbujwa and other South African dance moves. But how do you pull this off? How do you initiate a truly Namibian dance move that will resonate with the rest of the country? One word…RESEARCH! Yeah its getting a little complicated now, neh omes? Kalux once said “Everyone wants to go to the next level…but are you really ready for the amount of work that awaits at the next level?” Profound. I am sure you don’t just want to remain that useless dancer that dances for beer. If you want to stand out, if you want to revolutionise this thing, if you want to be on everyone’s lips…you will need to do research. Find out who we are. And when I mean who we are… I’m not talking Windhoek. Meme…go to the regions! I want everyone to dance a truly Namibian dance move this December. The ball is in your court. You can do it! NSK BELIVES IN YOU!!! Until the next loop, we say “GMTM”! Song of the week: Afroberries ft. Erna Chimu and KP Illest: Get lifted Flop of the week: DJ Evicted: Robbie Savage Tribute (That song just needed King Bertholdt. The rest is just noise) NSK is a professional MC. For bookings, email firstname.lastname@example.org or @naobebsekind (twitter)