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Friday, March 2, 2018 | NEW ERA 26 entertainment MUSIC NAMAs has third sequel in Swakop • Pinehas Nakaziko The much-anticipated eighth edition of the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) is once again returning to the coastal town of Swakopmund for the third time. This is at the Dome on April 28. NAMAs executive committee member, Tim Ekandjo, explains that the town met all the requirements (proper accommodation and capacity venue) and they look forward to joining forces with such a progressive and forward looking leadership that understands the impact of such events on their communities, and importantly sacrificing to make it happen. “It is encouraging to note that since the event took place for the first time in Swakopmund in 2014 and 2015, close to 7 000 people visited our town to watch the ARTS • Petru Paal Architect Thomas Heatherwick (Heatherwick Studio), Mark Coetzee, Executive Director and Chief Curator (Zeitz MOCAA) David Green V&A Waterfront CEO and Cofounder of Zeitz MOCAA. Image: Zeitz MOCAA The memory of jazz icon Hugh Masekela will live on in the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town. A permanent gallery has been dedicated to the jazz musician who passed away in January after a long battle with cancer. Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo roped in acclaimed British designer Thomas Heatherwick to design the Masekela gallery. The museum intended to name a wing of the gallery after the Design Indaba but instead Naidoo requested that the museum be named after the jazz icon. “I believe it is fitting that MUSIC • Obrein Simasiku The Museum Association of Namibia (MAN) is in the process of establishing a National Music Museum in Omuthiya, the first of it’s kind in the country. The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has availed a state-of-the-art building here to house the museum and music archive. MAN’s office manager, Ndapewoshali Ashipala, says Omuthiya has been chosen in line with the MAN’s commitment to decentralise development and create employment and economic NAMAs. Such a high numbers of visitors is indeed positive news – as it means that the visitors will inject much needed capital in our economy, as they will be staying in our accommodation facilities, dine at our restaurants or engage in tourism and leisure activities, thus spending their hard-earned money on improving our economy,” says an excited mayor of Swakopmund, Paulina Neshilundo. Tanya Doringo, the lifestyle blogger, Face of Tutaleni as well as the 2014 NAMAs Blue room host; Esperance Luvindao, Miss Grand Namibia 2016, an internationally published poet, writer, presenter and final year medical student at the University of Namibia (Unam); and Odile Gertze, former Miss Namibia, actor and presenter, will be this year’s NAMAs presenters. “Selecting the show host is an growth in different communities across the country. MAN held a two-day stakeholders’ meeting in Omuthiya last week to deliberate on various issues on how they can kick-start the project, as well as to solicit ideas from concerned parties. “The development of the museum is one of the four components in a project entitled Museum Development as a Tool for Strengthening Cultural Rights in Namibia (MDTSCRN), funded by the European Union and implemented by MAN that was launched in Windhoek important decision for the NAMAs because they steer the NAMAs ship on the night. Our tradition is to have auditions every year, but this year we are breaking that tradition by having hand selected these three phenomenal women to do us proud on the NAMAs. We are confident that they will shine and do us proud and we thus wish them the very best,” says Ekandjo. The 2018 NAMAs nominees will be announced on March 28th live on the Namibian Broadcasting Service (NBC) TV during the Whatagwan slot at 16h00. Ticket are already available at Webtickets. VIP tickets sell for N0 while general tickets are N0 each. The first 150 VIP tickets will however sell at a special discount of only N0 while the first 150 general tickets would sell for N0. Once the first 150 tickets are sold out, the prices will go back to normal. Omuthiya to get music museum on the 27th November 2017,” explains Ashipala. Ashipala adds that the project will be established with funding from the European Union (EU) which will provide about Nmillion (€237 025) over a two-year period to support activities being implemented by the Museums Association of Namibia, as well as supporting regional museum development. The workshop covered issues relating to the development and sustainability of the museum: collecting or reproducing of traditional musical instruments, Jazzing up… Suzy Eises performing at the press conference of this year’s Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) held at the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) head office in Windhoek on Tuesday. Zeitz Mocaa heralds Hugh Masekela gallery a cultural icon such as Hugh Masekela is honoured by yet another cultural icon such as Zeitz Mocaa‚ which has rapidly garnered global renown and several awards for architecture since its launch‚” says Naidoo. “The Design Indaba has been at ground zero in growing the developing a `dream’ for the museum, marketing the museum to the Namibian public and archiving local music. “Furthermore we looked at the role of music during the liberation struggle, gospel music in Namibia, collecting and policy development, exhibitions to be showcased in the museum and the languages that they are to be written in and the facilities that the museum should offer to the general public” said Ashipala. Adding that, the museum will be an educational and entertainment hub for all creative industries in the new democratic South Africa. We want to be relevant to our city‚ and its challenges and needs. And we want our platform to be exemplary in presenting the best of our city and country to the world. We are cultural‚ creative and business envoys – and feel privileged to represent the city. That is why we would rather be the conduit for this important moment in South African cultural history than its focus‚” he says. Barbara Masekela was present last Friday to accept the honour on behalf of the Masekela family. Co-founder of Zeitz Mocaa, David Green says: “Hugh Masekela was a giant within the arts and culture space. Hugh’s songs and music told the world who African people were and it is entirely fitting that this museum‚ whose main purpose is to tell African stories through African art‚ should name the gallery after Hugh Masekela.” Namibians, in the same vein encouraging domestic and foreign tourism. “Therefore, MAN hopes to develop a museum that will be informative, educational, interactive and sustainable in a way that will encourage multiple visits. Thus, the Museums Association of Namibia is inviting musicians and members of the public to come forth and assist by identifying musical instruments, recordings, photographs or stories that might be included in the museum,” appeals Ashipala.

Friday, March 2, 2018 | NEW ERA entertainment 27 29 Autumn fashion • Beauty Ndapanda Fall is synonymous with breezy weather and colourful leaves scattering on the ground. As the season transforms from summer to autumn, it’s time to update your wardrobe accordingly. Women’s Wardrobe Leggings are awesome during this season because they are comfortable, versatile and suitable for mild temperatures. When it comes to footwear trends, open-toe boots are the way to go, they are stylish and allow your feet to receive some air during warm days, unlike regular closed boots. Autumn mornings and nights can be a little chilly, so get a few light-fabric scarves in a variety of colours to go with any outfit. If you are going to be attending formal events, a trench coat is the perfect choice to wear over your evening gown or designer dress. For corporate attire, a well-tailored blazer is a classic staple at the workplace, wear it with an African-print blouse and pencil skirt or pants. The good thing about a blazer is that you can also combine it with jeans and a simple shirt for a casual look. Get a comfy, soft sweater for those cooler days, go for cashmere and wool South African artist wins award for ‘Afrotopian’ vision of Azania • Nell Lewis South African artist, Athi-Patra Ruga, has been awarded the grand prize at the Rencontres de Bamako, the African biennale of photography. Ruga is known for his stirring, flamboyant performance art and photography that challenges societal norms. This year’s biennale, that took place at the Bamako National Museum, Mali, was entitled “Afrotopia,” with a focus on how artwork reflects the continent’s identity. Ruga received the €5,000 (,200) prize for his work featured in the Pan- African exhibition, which showcased photography from 40 African artists, each depicting their alternative narratives and perceptions of Africa, past and present. Ruga had two pieces exhibited at the event, both from his series “The Future White Women of Azania.” The work features fantastical characters often wearing stockings and stilettos on their lower bodies, while their upper bodies sprout bunches of multicolored balloons. “My work is usually hypercolorful, hyper-fantastic, lush,” said Ruga. It involves a number of characters, or avatars, all played by himself. The central character of this series is “Miss Azania.” She is a representation of nationalism, Ruga said, demonstrating “the hyper-masculine way in which women’s bodies are used as tools of nationalism, especially within beauty contests.” His use of drag is designed to enhance his message. “It’s a parody, or a F--- you, to all these things that men created,” he told CNN. The word “Azania” was used by Arab sailors up until the 10th century to denote an ancient east African society. It was later adopted by black nationalist groups during apartheid as a name for liberated South Africa. Ruga recalls the latter use. Born in Umtata, South Africa in 1984, he was raised in the last years of apartheid. His father was a journalist living in exile, and his mother worked as a midwife during these incredibly testing times. Naturally, Ruga said, they were politically active. As a family they would go on protests, and Ruga remembered how people would speak of Azania, the promised land. This resonated with him: “The idea of us dreaming of a future, and creating the idea of Azania, or Zion, or Atlantis, creating whatever and fabrics. Men’s Wardrobe Denim shirts are always in style and now is the time to get one with a weightier material, team it with dark chinos or khakis. Another item that you should own is the flannel shirt, wear it with your favourite printed tee or button it up to appear more polished. To keep your feet warm and fashionable, get suede trainers to give you a sporty look. When you need some extra layers to keep you cosy, a waxed jacket looks absolutely dapper with a collared shirt and jeans. For the edgy gentleman, you can’t go wrong with a quality leather jacket, remember to match the colour of your belt with your shoes for a sophisticated touch. Keep a jersey or cardigan in your car’s trunk to be on stand-by for night-time outings or when you are working late at the office. Sources:,, www.theidleman. com Photo: Athi-Patra Ruga The Future Woman of Azania II – 2012 having to fight for it.” But a nationalistic utopia jars with Ruga. In his opinion it’s exclusive, “it removes the gays, the lesbians, the queers, the disabled.” “That’s why I wanted to create Azania,” he says. It represents his ideal utopia: “a space without borders, a space where you don’t need a visa, or to be of a certain height, or skintone, or income.” Last year a survey by Pew Research Center found that 61% of people in South Africa believe society should not accept homosexuality. The picture on the wider continent is even more extreme. 38 out of 54 countries have enacted laws that make it illegal to be gay. “I am a black, non-Christian, gay man living in post-1994 South Africa,” he says. “I can’t just meander without being challenged by the status quo. Even when I step outside I become a subject of a political debate.” NSK Industry Loop Entertaining politics I may not agree with Ees’ suggestions as alternatives to the norm but we all have to agree that what Ees did is exactly what Namibian entertainers need to do more often. It’s so refreshing to see a Namibian entertainer talk about the country, its social issues and sommer offer a solution while at it without having to talk about a new single, or support me support me, or haters left right and centre. The lines have always been blurred between politics and artistry. This debate is not unique to Namibia. We see it all the time internationally and continentally where entertainers cross the line into the political den and roar! Jackson Kaujeua, Bra Hugh and Kanye West are but some of the famous entertainers, who in their time, have used their influence to push an agenda of some sort. Whether that agenda was correct in its substantive form, is for you to decide. All I am saying is, that I do not agree with some quarters of society who say that entertainers should stick to their business, and not get involved with politics. Entertainers are human beings, and thus should have some sort of stance however minor it may be on issues affecting society. Entertainers are immensely influential, and thus, need to use their influence to help steer society into a positive direction. The ruling party understood this, hence their efforts to have two of the biggest entertainment brands on one album to push for votes. Big Ben is another example of an entertainer who used his influence to try and deter society from committing GBV. He had a whole campaign on it. A woman who I still believe is better than Bonang, Josy Nghipandua, is one such public figure who uses her influence to steer the gender violence headache into solutions. Entertainers need to follow suit. The days where your ordinary Namibian would blindly focus on your next single, or your next radio show, are long gone. Your ordinary fan now wants to know what your stance are on abortion, LGBT rights and legalising weed (yeah had to throw that in viri manskap). If you want to stay silent on matters affecting your fan, but somehow magically want that same fan to come to your concerts, buy your album and request for your songs on radio while being raped, hungry and lack of access to financial aid, than your nativity is worse than these “he will change for me” relationships. Perhaps there is one fundamental flaw we have as Namibians in our engagements. We seem to struggle to focus on the content of what has been put on the table, but make it a point to focus on the character. I do not agree with Ees’ suggestions, however I respect the homie. The homie has done some incredible things since his days of “international”. So as we move ahead…lets address Ees’ stance and not his character. Let’s exercise that same narrative for any entertainer that may wish to go public with their stance on certain societal ills. Let’s address what was said and not who said it! Roar entertainers…roar and show these suited up, tinted windowed politicians that we too…are woke and influential! Until the next loop, we say “GMTM”! NSK is a renowned professional MC. For bookings, email @naobebsekind (twitter)

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