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24 entertainment Friday, 03 Novembe 2017 | NEW ERA MUSIC 100 musicians rock out at Take Note festival Donna Collins Windhoek Now that the Take Note Music Festival has come and gone, the message that everyone took away from this incredible event, where no less than 100 musicians performed in Windhoek over the weekend, is that live music in Namibia is alive and well and here to stay. What originally started out as an informal gathering for band members and owners of Take Note Music shop three years ago, has transformed into one of Namibia’s major live music show with 1,200 concertgoers attending this year’s event. A turnout of 23 different acts comprising rock, blues, acoustic, jazz and electro swing to mention some saw musicians coming together for the love of the music over two days. The open-air festival held in the beer garden courtyard of Take Note was buzzing with a programme of back-to-back live performances from last Friday evening hitting a high note on the Saturday when the last band struck a chord at mid-day. Delicious homemade food, bar service, socialising and good vibes was the order of the two days, as this not to be missed occasion, where they celebrated Up and coming band from Walvis Bay ‘Wakambi’, which is making waves on the music scene, has just the new Nautilus studio in Swakopmund, treated the audience to their home grown fusion of funk rock/ hip-hop. shoot of the title song off her debut album Be Free, played to full blast at the end of her powerful solo acoustic set to create even more hype for her already strong following. Meanwhile Steve Slabber, the lead singer of the heavy metal group As Night Fades, tamed the ‘beast’, with the band taking it down a notch to deliver an acoustic rendition of themselves. The amazing sounds of Blikweg, and popular solo their original Afrikaans songs, whilst Bourbon & swing performance. One of the highlights was the powerhouse performance of Cape Town band ‘Rumswinger’, fronted by the petite blond, dynamo Carla Louw, who bopped and sang to their electro party swing rendition of popular songs. Bold sax playing accompanied by a techno DJ fusion gave Namibian audiences a taste of Gypsy jazz – something they have never heard or seen before. Musicians ranged in age from young starlets to impressive swinging veterans, some of whom were in their 60s but rocked it out like true pros. Mention must be made of drummer Hartmut Wenk, currently performing in three bands, but he has played for over four decades in countless bands. Lead guitarist and vocalist of Road House Blues All the way… Cape Town band ‘Rumswinger’ fronted by the petite blond dynamo Carla Louw in action. band Thomas Bockemuller leaves you speechless with his world-class guitar skills, tackling amongst other ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar solos with impeccable precision. Not taking a back seat is Marian Reder, the keyboard player of the sixpiece Steam Rock Band who, along with her seasoned band members, have done an excellent job of reviving 60s and 70s rock music. Marian is also the co-owner of Take Note and one of the main organisers of this event. Other bands included Desdemona, Rush Hour, Koos Van Zyl, Famaz Attak, Wolfhunt and the Jaco Jaco Band. Last but not least were the dedicated sound technicians Wouter De each artist their best, and without whom the show wouldn’t have been the same. The team of Take Note organisers have meanwhile been flooded with compliments and positive feedback about the festival. Next year the event may see two concerts as many more bands have expressed interest. ART ADC Staff What can we learn from the past, how what awaits us in the future? These three questions provide the bedrock of Venice Biennale, otherwise known as “The Olympics of Art”. Since 1895, the world’s oldest cultural biennale has risen to become one of the African countries are represented at the prestigious showcase this year: Angola, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe, which is open until the end of this month. Nigeria makes its solo debut this year. Though superbly rich in artistic and cultural talent, the country hasn’t had nearly enough representation on the international art scene. State and commissioner of the Nigerian the Biennale offer a platform to establish national pride and develop a more positive narrative for the country.“ Curated by Adenrele Sonariwo and tion at the 57th Venice Biennale, titled ‘How about now?’, features a rich multilayered journey showcasing the country’s past, present and future, with an emphasis on the present, or as preferred by the artists, “the now”. Mixing videos, conceptual art, installations, and performances, the exhibition showcases exceptional pieces by awardwinning visual artist, writer and photog- writer, poet and mixed-media storyteller artist, Qudus Onikeku. The combined genius of these three artists creates a contemporary, as well as far-reaching exhibition, that tells a fresh African narrative, while presenting Nigeria as part of the global art community. Biography of the Forgotten by Victor Ehikhamenor unrecorded pioneers of Nigerian art, the Forgotten” amalgamates bronze, mirrors, thread and acrylic to create a pure masterpiece. In this installation, he tinkers with both the dilemma and material form of history while paying homage to the historical Igun Street in the heart of the ancient Benin Kingdom. He sources hundreds of Benin bronze heads from the World Heritage Site that still maintains its guild structure to this day, addressing a fragmented history. alternatively places mirrors and the bronze heads, which bear metonymic weight, as symbols of colonial encounter – the former often exchanged for commodities as valuable as humans, and the latter plundered. In addressing the now, “Biography of the Forgotten” re-energises historical time and material, reviving the past in an effort to bring meaning to the present. Using metal, fibreglass, plaster of uses her storytelling skills to create a fantastical masterpiece. Based on a book that Alatise is set to publish, the piece describes Sim, a little Yoruba girl who lives in two alternate worlds. Right Here Right Now by Qudus Onikeku. In one world, she is a nine-year old girl who is rented out as a domestic servant working in Lagos, and the other world Sim lives in a dream world where she Girls’ as a body of work dedicated to girls in Nigeria that offers them a little safe place for them to be children. Harmoniously combining elements of modern and African dance, contemporary choreography, and aspects of ageold Yoruba spirituality and philosophy, Qudus Onikeku presents his artistry in three sections: the tensions between the various senses of time, and how an audience can be triggered to remember. It draws from his recent and ongoing work to infuse dance with the energy of Yoruba spirituality, the commune, and the divine in imagining the role of aesthetics, beauty, and art. Onikeku says: “I’m not interested in the present, I’m interested in the now, the present is concerned with the past, but the now is so powerful that it doesn’t have time to think about the past, it’s grabbing at the future. That’s when dance becomes so interesting; it’s constantly inventing MUSIC Staff Reporter Windhoek After 12 years apart, Southern Africa are reportedly on the comeback trail and will start performing together as a group again. A Castle Lager television commercial this year on which the group members worked together sparked their desire to reunite, South African and Zimbabwean news outlets quoted group members as saying this week. Bongo Maffin consists of Thandiswa Mazwai, Stoane Motswako Saote and Anesu Mupembi, who originally hails from Mbare, Zimbabwe. The group won the African music awards for 2001, 2002, 2006 and won a nomination for BBC World Music Award in 2006. In South Africa, the group won the South African music awards in 1999, 2002, and 2006. so popular that they received invitations to perform all over the world, and shared the stage with musical icons Stevie Wonder, the Bob Marley offspring, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Chaka Group member, Saote, says the group’s recent Castle Lager advertisement went well and inspired them to consider a reunion. He confirmed that he and other members of iconic kwaito group a reunion, the details of which they will communicate as soon as they become available. The news of the group’s reunion surfaced this morning when the Kalawa Jazmee production boss revealed to out of the spotlight, the multi-awardwinning group was in talks to make a return to music. The group split because Mazwai and Mupembi could not agree on many decisions regarding the music group. “It is true the group separated because of me and Thandiswa but that is in the past. After we were approached to do a commercial for Castle Lager, we and re-unite because our fans need us,” Zimbabwe’s Chronicle newspaper quoted Mupembi as saying. “I think all of us have maintained relevance and equity in our chosen directions away from the group, while still maintaining personal contact. If we are honest with our art, it will always feel like we never left and the music (old and new) will resonate with fans,” Soate told Kalawa Jazmee boss Oskido said that he could not confirm anything, but the group was in talks to make it happen and they seem to be at an advanced stage. together, so now it’s a case of just putting all the pieces together,” he told Mupembi said the group is now working on singles they aim to release before the next year. “We do not promise an album soon, but we are busy producing singles at the studio. Fans should expect something before the end of the year,” Mupembi said. Heyday… The Bongo Maffin group at the peak of their popularity. The group says it will release a single before Christmas, after 12-years of being apart.

Friday, 03 November 2017 | NEW ERA entertainment 25 29 The other lifestyle PROFILE Powerful Phrases Words are powerful; what you speak and listen to has the ability to transform your life. Therefore, we all need to hear and say. I love you These three words are probably the most precious things you can say to someone that you love. Saying “I love you” sounds like music to the ears of your loved ones. You should always say these words honestly and with affectionate sincerity. In addition, you must back them with actions, so go ahead and express your love. I’m sorry An apology has the ability to restore peace and reconcile the worst of enemies. Saying “I’m sorry” is not easy to do, especially when pride and embarrassment get in the way. Nonetheless, it’s worse to Thank you Taking things for granted is very common, especially with the busy lifestyles we lead. Once in a while, dedicate some time to appreciate your blessings and those who are good to you. Voicing and showing your gratitude should not only be meant for big favours, make it a habit to say “thank you” for every generous deed. Don’t give up Sometimes, we become so consumed with our own problems that we fail to see what others around us are going through. Some people don’t always voice their troubles, but you might notice it when they are feeling down. Whenever you have the chance, tell them “don’t give up”, because these words might just be the motivation they need to keep going. I understand ences, we are better able to sympathise with others. Those who made it against the odds inspire people, Congratulations Everybody needs support and acknowledgement from their loved ones when something wonderful level of success and they fail to recognise the potential of those who are still coming up. When you Whilzahn explores stars in the night Staff Reporter Windhoek An evening of entertainment will highlight a Namibian woman’s perseverance and persistence to develop a vocal talent tonight when the Goethe-Institut Namibia features Whilzahn in the Night under the Stars Cast in the award-winning “Katutura”, her vibrant soul is set to instigate an irresistibly positive response. Born in Swakopmund and raised across Namibia by a single mother Whilzahn Gelderbloem will deliver original tracks and performances developed through various “My mother’s work meant we travelled a lot across Namibia and while that meant I did not have many friends for long, it also allowed me to learn four Namibian languages. “In high school, my mother decided to provide us with satellite television to keep me at home as I was always socialising on the streets. This exposed me to music television and international artists,” Whilzahn says. The combination of international music television and socialising on the Namibian streets resulted in a young girl with curiosity, who with friends formed the group “065vers” that recorded their own songs and performed While being part of the group, Whilzahn took to her wings and began exploring beat boxing. “I call myself an artist because I am always venturing into different disciplines and I never only stick to one. I don’t have formal training in arts and everything I do is self- Night under… The stars act to night at the Goethe Institut, Whilzahn. taught, which is a pure demonstration of my ability to work hard, grow and learn.” Having featured in local competitions and performed for diplomats abroad, the local radio personality believes in selfempowerment. “Music has been important in my life to escape and deal with depression, which taught me that opportunities don’t always fall out of the sky. Sometimes you have to create them for yourself.” The NUTS concert at the Goethe- Institut Namibia will commence at 19H00 and entrance is N. NSK Industry Mediocrity The problem that we have in the land of the brave is our inability to embrace honesty. This applies across the board. Honest people in Namibia are unfairly termed as haters. So to avoid the plague, people product or service. Hence, the culture of celebrating mediocrity has perhaps even more so in music, sports and politics. Olympics; they come back with f*k*l and you’d hear the Chef De Mission of the team saying, “jah neh, the team did well”. WTF do you mean the team did well?!! They won NIKS and you’re telling us the team did well?!! Gerara here man. On the subject of sports, Frank Fredericks recently said that the current crop of athletes lack the drive to succeed. Allow me to explain the science of what he is trying to say. Because YOU’RE A$$ celebrates mediocrity, athletes do not have the drive to best what they have achieved previously. Van hulle weet mos…aye, Chef De Mission and everyone else will say “well done” for last place. So we good! Frank is GATVOL by all these “Jah neh the team did well” comments from sports administrators and coaches while the writing is on the wall that the team did NOT do well! Our country is at a point where nonsense brands like Get Lich Neega is more socially relevant than Essence or Ixa. How on earth did we get to a point as a country where Get Lich’s gibberish is elevated as opposed to Essence or Ixa’s brilliance (or any We celebrate mediocrity and that really rubs me up the wrong way. In my trade as an entertainer, artists have simply decided to avoid me because of my honesty. I will not entertain mediocrity. I will be honest with you. It is because of my honesty that Hilifa 94 is one of the most incredibly respected hip-hop brands in this country. I told Hilifa off almost two to three times. I told him his music sucks! Until he gave me a song called “No ordinary”. Perhaps an indirect shot at me but I couldn’t give a rats a$$ because it was not about me but about my listener. I have a duty to make sure that I bring “No ordinary” blew my damn listener away and me! As result of my criticism of his music, which rocked his comfort zone…it pushed him to think out of the damn box? Lawd knows that it created a monster. Today radio is riding Hilifa’s nuts! If you do not want to accept the full package that on your shxt! If it’s good, we will give you credit where it’s deserved. If its trash, ousi its trash! As a whole, across the board, we need to stop celebrating nonsense. You know very well its nonsense. Be honest with your friend or family member. You’re setting your person up for serious embarrassment when you’re not being honest with them! Until the next loop, we say “GMTM”! Oldie of the week: Christi: The radio will die (2003) NSK is a professional MC. For bookings, email or tweet @naobebsekind (twitter)

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