16 entertainment Friday, March 23 2018 | NEW ERA MUSIC Veteran rockers, Two Hats, keeping party music alive • Donna Collins That age old saying - “you’re never too old to apply to veteran duo, Two Hats, the coast. At 60-something, lead singer and guitarist, Jan Gous, is the younger of the ensemble, whilst maestro electric guitarist, Hansie still going full steam as a “full time musician”. The Two Hats, functions, bar gigs, prize-giving’s and social gatherings. The duo teamed up two years ago and clearly have been on a roll. Needless to say, both have been playing for ages, and amassed their musical chemistry well over a decade ago, whilst performing band, aptly named the Final Chapter. Although Jan’s name has mostly been synonymous with the motor industry all these years, his music career started up in 1980 during nocturnal stints but He was the guy who would be fronting a band, and still today his cool, effortless voice and appeal of a true evergreen. Van been playing live for over 55 years, and says he’s been in too many bands to mention. Whilst holding down a top corporate Photos: Donna Collins Veteran rockers… Two Hats, Jan Gous and old timer Hansie Van Niekerk playing their party. spend every spare minute on his guitar. His family were all musical, and his passion for the off in 1965, after watching a live band performing, and hasn’t put his guitar down since. With a repertoire of thousands of songs under his belt, at one stage he even owned eleven guitars. He still practises religiously every day, and admits that if he cannot He’s also the master mind behind compiling and modifying reams style of music. Divers Club. Jan says they bring a variety of music to the table, and without playing the same song for at least four hours, which gets played through an impeccable JBL sound system. “We play music for fun and ere enjoying the different venues at the coast,” quips Jan, adding that they are building up a solid reputation and are getting a lot of positive feed- month at various venues, with a replies whimsically, “we’re just building up steam at the coast, but the way we’re going we’ll play till we can’t play anymore.” FASHION • Staff Reporter designer Jørgen Simonsen, to create a stunning winter garment. garments stole the show at in Copenhagen for 2018. In for and elevate that silhouette immediately, he says, describing the patterns and and sustainable livelihood for people in one of the country’s most inhospitable areas. The lustrous gloss and distinctive pattern of compact swirls and folds is sold exclusively by Kopenhagen Fur. “Nothing beats nature,” he says. which you can use to your deceptively-simple opera coat for the 110th anniversary of “It had to be something quite spectacular. I wanted to pull out the big guns,” the Danish Simonsen constructed a long full-length piece of outerwear, part trench, part Opera coat, combining a classic evening Photo: Contributed Simply the best… Renowned international designer stunned audiences last Sunday evening with his magical Swakara garments such as this sleek opera coat worn by an international model. style with modern techniques and draping that plays up The idea of the coat is to unite the two disciplines of haute One is, much as it sounds in English, devoted to detailed a two-piece suit. While for organza. “I wanted to try and unite the two worlds. The coatdress is basically on one side strictly constructed, and on the other side you have something completely soft and draped. The combination gives an asymmetric and eyecatching design, that while to construct,” he notes. Simonsen has long enjoyed designing with the intricate “Fur is an incorporated part of a winter collection when you do couture,” Simonsen times before both in various fashion houses around Paris and also in my own business. But to stretch the boundaries of what he could do with the material, he enlisted the help of furriers at Kopenhagen Fur Studio. “You have a triple lapel on this coat for instance, and that’s quite a feat and sit perfectly,” Simonsen notes. Another challenge for Simonsen was to execute his vision of airy draped fabrics using fur without the coat becoming too heavy. “You don’t necessarily drape in a since it’s beautifully tanned with the Kopenhagen Fur “Everything was merged with this technique of cutting you don’t see where it comes together. It disappears into he says. To create the effect a running series of pleats, for instance, he merged the of cashmere and llama wool that gives warmth while retaining lightness. Simonsen also used this intarsia technique to add an extra design element, cutting out certain strips of the onto the wool fabric of the garment lighter as well as using just the material that you need,” Simonsen says. couture with different rule sets, Simonsen hopes that will show that haute couture, slow-fashion garments that are made by hand can be for any occasion or budget. “When someone comes to my door I would always study if I could do something for them. I made a wedding dress that only cost the bride 800 euros,” Simonsen says. Couture doesn’t have to be an over-expensive extravagant is very beautiful, so that always lends itself to a celebration,” concludes.
MUSIC Friday, March 23 2018 | NEW ERA Gospel promises to raise the bar entertainment 17 • Pinehas Nakaziko Franklin and Dee’A, a Gospel Rap duo, is hosting a gospel music festival night bringing a live band and amazing vocalists tomorrow at the Zoo Park Amphitheatre. Franklin says the night promises contemporary Gospel music, praise and worship, Kwaito, poetry, Rap, Soul and Jazz. “The event is long overdue, we named the event after our previous album, which is titled Victory. We have always been meaning to raise the standard of Gospel music in the country, and this seems to be an initiative that can achieve that,” says Franklin. He believes that they serve an excellent God and hence all that they do must be done with excellence to glorify His name. “The event has nothing to do with any of the artists coming, but for us this is a moment of worship and establishing his kingdom here,” says an excited Franklin, adding that during the concert, the audience can expect electrifying performances from the very start to the end of the show. “The aim of the event is also a build up to our next album launch, and we are also in preparation for our music tour in the United States of America (USA) later this year, but in between that, we will be having lots of events and concerts.” To top it up, the band will be joined on stage by the award-winning artists such as Maranatha Goroh, D-Naff, Pride, Abner Mumbala, Maanda Gabriel, Adoration Choir and Esperance Luvindao. Photo: Contributed Raising the bar…Franklin and Dee’A who are promising a night of worship like none before tomorrow night at the Zoo Park Amphitheatre. Frankline and Dee’A band came onto the limelight when they released a 15-track album last year titled Victory. The songs on the album include Chop O Life, complimented with a music USA by Joie da Cruz. Another hit on the album is He Saves, with a video currently under production. The concert starts at six O’clock in the evening, and tickets are N$ 100 and available from at Antonio’s Art and Mono Music Shop in the capital. LIFESTYLE Country Club go classy on whiskey drinkers • Jeremiah Ndjoze whiskey drinkers are the most interesting characters amongst any group of steely gentlemen. Said to be captivating, worldly and mysterious, everything about a whiskey macho, purportedly, exudes sex appeal. It is perhaps with this in mind that the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino, recently, launched the ‘whiskey keep’ initiative. Through this initiative, the Club an opportunity to not only enjoy their favourite brand of malt, but class and grace. The hotel launched a new service where be able to buy a bottle of their favourite single malt, which would then be exclusively kept under lock and key at the Club. According to the Club, the bottle, or bottles, would be kept in a locked vault whose key is with the bottle owner. “The owner will have unlimited access to the vault and would pop out the bottle and have a sip alone or with friends at the hotel while enjoying the ambience at the hotel,” the hotel’s regional marketing manager, Learni Van Wyk, informs. She hails whiskey as the ‘in-thing’ among business the hotel and maintains that this initiative will give this oft sophisticated clientele an opportunity to down their favourite drinks while deliberating on their matters without having to rely on barmen. Van wyk reveals that the venture, which has already rolled out last Thursday, has been received well by the public, and a number of clients took up the challenge with many vaults being taken up. pleads for privacy, says this gesture makes it good for his business. “The beauty of this whole initiative is that I can now buy my bottles in bulk and store them at the hotel. When I have clients to entertain, I will save money because now I will not pay for the drinks per tot but will just pluck out my existing stash,” the businessperson says. Another whiskey connoisseur, Ray-Ray Ngava, welcomes the idea maintaining that storing the whiskey at the the drink will be stored under the right conditions. “For example, we learn that we have to limit the exposure of the drink to light but at home we tend to believe that our collection looks better on display, not knowing that it will last longer if you keep it behind a cabinet door. Besides, that’s the reason why many whiskeys are packaged in dark glass bottles,” adds he revealing that limiting one’s “Unlike wine, whiskey does At your service… Two staff members of the Windhoek Country Club and Resort promoting some of the Whiskey brands that one can purchase and ‘keep’ as part of the Club’s ‘Whiskey Keep’ venture. not mature in the bottle. So even if you keep a 12-year-old bottle for 100 years, it will always remain a 12-year-old whiskey. As long as the bottle is kept out of direct sunlight, the Scotch whisky will neither improve nor deteriorate, even if it is opened,” Ngava, who brags of being a strictly whiskey drinker stresses. The launch occasion also provided the tasting for a number of premium whiskey brands. FILMMAKING FAN plans new route • Pinehas Nakaziko The Filmmakers Association of Namibia (FAN) will this year take a new route, by expanding to different regions. The newly appointed chairperson of FAN, Connie Muundjua, who has been in the and have also been a member of the association, says his plans this year is to take FAN to the people who were left behind and do not understand its purpose. regions, this will give our talented actors an idea on how to become members of the organisation, in order for them to get funds and proper trainings,” says Muundjua. He adds that many talents in the because they don’t have any idea on how to start or get funds to start with their acting careers. “We have also noticed that most ‘black’ people have been neglected in this regard, as the association have been previously run by whites and no proper marketing was done, especially in the regions,” explains Muundjua, adding that it was more for white people as it did not give enough exposure to black people to act in country. This year they are targeting up to 3000 locals to register for membership, for them to improve from bringing new changes, we are just going face to face with people in the regions and educate them more about careers in the updating their online platforms such as Facebook and website, to Photo: Contributed At the helm now… Chairperson of the Filmmakers Association of Namibia (FAN), Connie Mundjua, plans to put the association on a new path by setting up more branches countrywide. be more active. As this will be an easy way for the people to register and market their work, wherever they are. “The website will cover industry. Besides information and regular updates, this website Muundjua also advises for membership for N0 for a year. FAN was established in 2000 to grow and develop the The association, which normally survives through support from its membership fees, is the only in the country, recognised by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology through the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) which is mandated to promote the growth and development of the Namibian regions.