18 entertainment Friday, March 9 2018 | NEW ERA MUSIC Namibia part of Soul Brothers’ 45th anniversary Revival Tour • Amanda Maliba The Soul Brothers is headed for Namibia as part of their 45th birthday anniversary tour, Revival, starting in their native South Africa and include the South Africa’s neighbours of Botswana and Swaziland. Soul Brothers is a regular to Namibia enjoying popularity in the country with two consecutive appearances in Okakarara the past two years, 2016 and 2017, being part of the 10th anniversary of the Okakarara Trade Fair last year. The group are already performing tomorrow at Rio Casino in Klerksdorp, North West Province of South Africa. The group are teaming up with music maestro and kwai-jazz artist Don Laka for hits such as Mama Ka Sibongile, Ungiphoxile and Mama Wami - to celebrate their milestone of being in the music industry for more than four decades. The two acts continues with the Revival Tour next month ending October. Laka says a collaboration with the founder and sole survivor of the original Soul Brothers, Moses Ngwenya, has been in the pipeline for 30 years.This unique merger of two completely different genres, says Laka, offers a platform to create a new sound of music that bridges two worlds. “I realised that our music isn’t that far apart. If you listen to kwai-jazz, most of us kwai-jazz artists draw our melodies from kwela music and African inspired music,” he says. According to legend, kwai- Music maestro…South African Don Laka, who is expected in Namibia on a date still to be announced with the Soul Brothers on their Revival Tour. jazz is a mixture of all sounds available in South Africa. “It is a fusion of all types of music and over the years it has completely moved to being more African. And that has been the base of my music, accompanied by the kwaito rhythm,” says Laka. And that is the beauty of music, he adds. “This platform will bring different audiences together in the central perspective of enjoying music. So those who thought they could not enjoy the other side of music will have a chance to experience it.” Ngwenya echoes Laka, saying this is a ground-breaking project for both their careers. This platform is an extension of the message they will be communicating to their fans throughout their Revival Tour - that the group is still in existence. “We are truly excited about the upcoming tour. As history has shown, it is unlikely for a band to stick it out for four decades after most of its members have passed on, leaving just one behind,” says Ngwenya. Meantime the South African Sunday Sun last Sunday reported about the release of, The Life and Times of Soul Brothers, a book on the group. It describes the history of the group, their achievements, and how the founder members met. Ngwenya says the book is a safe medium for ensuring the legacy of the group would live on for generations to come. “Realising I was left alone as a founding member in 2015, I decided to compile all the necessary information and wrote a book that would carry the value and information about the Soul Brothers,” says Ngwenya. The group is this year recording a live DVD of their new album, Uphelile Umdeni Wam,along with some of their other hit songs. “The infusion of new blood and experience brings added dynamism to our sound and approach to live performances,” says Ngwenya. Soul Brothers have, since the 1970s, recorded 42 albums with their recent offering titled Uphelile Umn- deni Wami, which speaks of the loss the group experienced when most of its original members died. But it also celebrates the strength the group still has. Laka also released an album recently Sunday Independent/Sunday Sun/ own sources. TALENT SCOUTING Voice of Namibia contest spotlights singing talents • Donna Collins ‘Voice of Namibia’ singing competition took to the stage in Walvis Bay last weekend with the elimination round. A huge fund raising event and line-up of local and SA artists who came and went under the huge marquee, provided the perfect platform for upcoming artists to impress the panel of judges with well-rehearsed songs. The ‘Voice of Namibia’ event which is being organised by singer/songwriter and country ‘queen’ Alinda Lu’Mar, who released her album Namibland last year, has all the potential to become a major competition in the future. Alinda has also voicecoached many of the contestants, and through this competition aims to offer a different talent search platform, using social media to expose her contestants to a wider Namibian audience. From the 36 original entries last November, 15 of the best were selected, and by Monday this week the top six were announced, who are: 16-year-old Jessica Strydom (Swakopmund), Denise Du Toit (Henties Bay), David McCorney (Okahandja), Jo-Ann Claassen (Windhoek), Claudine Nelson (Windhoek) and Joharetha Nel (Walvis Bay). “I wanted to bring a different type of singing competition to Namibian viewers, where one seen,” says Alinda, who is so started off small and by using social media as our stage, the viewers and fans are loving it, and already our rising ‘stars’ have a huge following on our ‘Voice of Namibia’ page, which grew from 178 to over 4 000 likes in just a week.” she adds. The competition started with video clips of the contestants singing and the week-end’s live performance was just a taste of things to come for these artists. “I have a panel of judges who study the video clips and make their choice during the elimination rounds,” informs Alinda. Judges are well-known songstress Lize Ehlers, musician Paul Herbst, Cat Lamondt from the South African Music Association who will write two new songs for the winner to be recorded. Also Harold Bartch from Varta Namibia and Marnus Byleveld, have come on board, with Pierre Rossouw, wellknown singer/ songwriter who will be writing a new song for the winner to be recorded as a single. The top three will be announced early next week, after new video clips are uploaded, and the judges will make their decision. The top three will have a new assignment and the public Photo: Donna Collins Finalists... will vote for the winner on the face book page. Alinda says next season she will do live auditions in three different parts of Namibia and go live with the Top 10. “I really trust and hope that The Voice of Namibia will become a great opportunity for singers to showcase their talent in a different way and to get rewarded for their efforts.”
Friday, March 9 2018 | NEW ERA entertainment 19 RADIO Shipi FM launches on GOtv • Staff Reporter GOtv subscribers can now enjoy an extended line-up of music, news, business, technology and sports programming by tuning into Shipi FM, which is now 313 on the various GOtv packages which include Lite, Value, Plus and Max platforms. Shipi FM, is a local community radio station, this is indeed a great extension of the GOtv brand as the business is centered on great local and international entertainment, sports and lifestyle content for the whole family. The station operates in the regions of Oshana and Oshikoto with reception as far as Oshivelo and Oshikango (+ - 300km radius). As one of the new community radio stations in Namibia, Shipi FM hosts a Photo: Contributed Setting trend… Staff members of the Shipi FM radio station,that recently launched on DStv channel 313. number of diverse programmes consisting of entrepreneurship, news and current affairs, sports, community initiatives as well as entertainment. Its daily shows incorporate local languages such as Oshiwambo. Shipi FM aims to build and improve relationships, advance effective communication, inspire, motivate, educate, entertain, inform and advocate for skills development via the medium of the community sound broadcasting service. It goes by the motto: ‘It’s Your Own Station - The Nation We Empower’. MultiChoice public relations the company continues to be an aggregator of content. and deliver it to viewers through various avenues of technology, allowing us to have a geographical footprint through partnering with local Namibians, while providing access to technical and content adds that, alongside Shipi FM, the partnership speaks to continued efforts as they remain pioneers in the digital broadcasting space and as their partnership grows, they will continue to support one another in efforts to enhance television viewing experiences in the homes of all Namibians. MUSIC Gospel artists breaking barriers • Pinehas Nakaziko Rodney Seibeb is no new to the music industry. He is a popular contemporary recording singer, songwriter and live performer, who continues to break barriers when it comes to gospel music, while trying to keep it alive. His limelight in the industry was when he recorded a song titled Sadu /Nami (your love) some years ago, calling for unity among Namibians if they are to stand against tribulation. “With my music, I want everyone to recognise me as a true writer—a person who is married to his work. I like to think I’m the weird scientist in the basement,” says Rodney. He started singing at the age of 12 in a choir, and was later groomed by the owner of Welwitschia Music Production, Steven! Naruseb, strengthening his vocal ability to be a singer that he may be today. After singing IN church choirs for a 2016 when he recorded the song Jesus a //gaib di /on khoeb, produced by the award winning producer !Naruseb. He Nami. The album quickly proved to be a hit, featuring one top gospel single, Sadu / Nami”. Just as quickly as his album shot to success, Rodney became known for his inspirational lyrics. He continues to create new music and perform live. He released his second album, Sadu /Nami in 2017. “The album have motivational songs but the core massage is driven by the crime rate and division of our mother to unite Namibians to stand together as one nation, because that’s what liberated our motherland,” says Rodney. End of this month Rodney will be returning to the stage again, performing live at the Cosdef Arts and Craft Centre in Swakopmund. The event is hosted under the topic ‘let’s dominate’. “The purpose of the event is to unite Namibia artists and fans to stand and stick together.” He says he is expecting experience the power of live music, with different genres on offer such as reggae, Ma /gaise, Gospel, Pop and Oviritje. He will be joined on stage by more than six artists, including Jericho and Phono. Tickets are already on sale Daring to go… Rodney Seibeb who is keeping his gospel music alive. End of this month he will be performing live in Swakopmund. EVENT Lifestyle awards slated for August Mastermind… Ndapeoshali Shapwanale, editor of the Simply You Magazine who launch the awards for this year at the Confab Bistro Restaurant on Monday. • Pinehas Nakaziko Followed the massive success of organisers announced this week that they will host the awards again this year at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) on August 25. The second edition of the Simply You Magazine (SYM) Lifestyle and Fashions Awards is on August 25 at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN). The awards were launched at Confab Bistro Restaurant on Monday. The aim of the awards is to recognise Namibian personalities who are making an impact in the fashion and entertainment industries. SYM’s Ndapeoshali Shapwanale promises that the awards will be full of surprises, with more categories added to the awards. “The SYM awards is the big opportunity to celebrate local people. We are so excited,” owner of the magazine, says it will not be an up-tight but rather relaxed and calm awards ceremony that everyone is going to enjoy. Winners will receive either trophies and cash prizes depending on the category. The awards are normally three categories all with different entry role the public play in the judging. At the glittery event last year saw up to 15 local personalities walked away with a big prizes, walking away with the biggest award – christened the SYM Diamond Award. The SYM is still to announce the date of release of the application forms on social media: Simply You Magazine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.