18 entertainment Friday, 13 October 2017 | NEW ERA MUSIC How WHK lost its groove …the demise of the jazz genre Jeremiah Ndjoze Windhoek Blue Note was the brainchild of one Dr. Hylton Villet. “I am a jazz fanatic; have always been. As such, I established the venue at that time because I saw the need for an establishment that catered to the entertainment requirements of the hardworking, professional type and those are the patrons we received,” Villet says. Following the sale of the club, the meeting point for the city’s jazz enthusiasts transformed into a teenybopper’s hidey-hole, albeit for unsavoury reasons. “The culture of good music died right there and then,” laments another jazz pundit and businessman Haroldt Urib, and adds, “This leaves us serious music lovers out of place.” Worse still, is the Windhoek Jazz Festival. “The jazz scene in Namibia is currently on life-support and the Windhoek Jazz Festival is not doing much to remedy the situation,” Moloi – a dentist on any other day, and radio deejay come Sundays maintains. “I will say it like it is. The organisers of the Windhoek Jazz Festival think they know what jazz is but their choice in musical acts says the opposite. “We’ve witnessed artist like HHP headlining the event. We’ve also seen Freshly Ground on stage, and Ringo (Madlingozi) is set to headline this year’s event. In my professional opinion none of these performers are jazz musicians,” Moloi says. According to Moloi, the aforementioned artist were selected to the detriment of notable local greats like Amakhoe – also known as the man with bass that speaks – saxophonist Suzy Eises, the award winning Erna Chimu or the legendary Original Jazz Masters. This is not to mention the likes of Zimbabwe’s Louis Mhlanga, Botswana’s Sereetsi and The Natives, Nnunu Ramogkomotsi or South Africa’s Tutu Puoane. Nevertheless, Moloi says the vibe at these festivals is always on point. “The culture of good music died right there and then. Gone are the days that people performed music with live instruments. What we get these days is lip-synching and backtracks,” Urib laments. The choice of venue for the jazz festival bothers him pointing out that the open venue is not a “jazz type of venue”. “Sound matters in jazz. They need to create an ambiance that goes with the music. When it comes to jazz, it’s not how much noise you make but the beautiful detail in the sound,” Urib says and Villet concurs. “I enjoy jazz in a quaint, romantic type of atmosphere where the sound is controlled and the lighting complements the music.” By the time of going to press, the City of Windhoek had not responded to questions forwarded. Be that as it may, the three jazz gurus hint that jazz lovers should keep their eyes glued because the light at the end of the tunnel may be in sight. Former Energy100 FM’s acting station manager and current NBC presenter, Martin Ukarerani, sees this light and remains adamant that the jazz genre in the country will soon sprout to life if the emergence of young blood in the industry is anything to go by. Meanwhile, Moloi has launched a social media platform called Namibia Jazz Appreciation Society and a subsequent organisation with the same name now boasts about 300 members. The society aims to mainstream ‘everything jazz’ in Namibia. Businessman Haroldt Urib Dr. Hylton Villet and Wife Dr. Kagiso Moloi COMEDY Comic Lloyd dares Africa, Europe Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Lloyd, receiving his Last Comic Standing award at the Warehouse Theatre recently. Beginning end November until December he will be touring Africa and Europe. After scooping the ‘Last Comic Standing’ at the Free Your Mind comedy awards Derick Sakarias, popularly known as Lloyd in comedy circles, will dare Africa and Europe beginning end of November until December. Lloyd will be taking his one-man show on an international tour as a solo in Zambia and perform in northern Mozambique. Lloyd says he will perform his ‘relatable jokes’, which he describes as relating to everyday’s situation and things that are currently happening on a daily basis. He will also perform his ‘on-site comedy’. “These types of jokes are when you moved to any new place, and start making fun of everything around you, and the whole situation by getting into a character,” Lloyd says. With this international tour, Lloyd wants to explore and broaden his knowledge in comedy, by exposing himself to other African cultures through comedy. “I don’t only plan to be a ‘King of Comedy’ in Namibia, as young as I am. I want to build an empire by being known inter-continentally,” he explains. After the African tour, Lloyd will again proceed to Berlin, Germany, where he will perform his one-man show, by dishing out jokes based on Namibian and African history. “I will serve as an ambassador of Namibia-Africa comedy to the German people, which will open doors to local African comedians to go and perform in Germany, and also open links for the German comedians to come and perform in Namibia.”
Friday, 13 October 2017 | NEW ERA entertainment 19 MUSIC SHOW Staff Reporter Windhoek The show ‘African Ballads’ featuring Chantell Uiras and Nyasha Chirau takes place at the Heinitzburg Castle tomorrow night between 17h30 and 20h30. Chantell and Nyasha clearly break away from standard norms and formats of musical presentation. She is a young Namibian vocalist of twenty years, with strong Nama roots; he a Shona percussionist and keyboard player from Zimbabwe, also in his early twenties. Their musical show ‘African Ballads’ breathes youthful, unpretentious allure and energy. Something one would mostly enjoy during and after sundowners, i.e. over that period of the day, when the world appears to hold its breath for a little while. Chantell is an actress, a spoken word artist and a musician with unique sensuality. Her original compositions are about inner peace, the beauty of nature and healing. B o r n i n t h e c o a s t a l t o w n o f Swakopmund she discovered her love, or rather, the urge for singing late at night in the quiet of her room in Swakopmund. Her slightly introverted, natural approach to the art transcends everything when she performs and makes her act unique. Nyasha Chirau is quite similar, with a generally serene and calm appearance, but beneath an almost reserved approach lurks musical energy that is witness of his Shona roots. Both Nyasha and Chantell are students of performing arts at the College for the Arts, with Chantell branching out into drama, poetry and contemporary dance whilst Nyasha focuses on African performing arts. Chantell’s voice lends itself to soothing, laid back ballads, which are her trademark. She makes her vernacular, Nama-Damara, resonate with beautiful poetry. /Nanu is a tribute to the rain and // oas go //oa praises the beauty of the day`s morning. It does not end here, but also expect covers of Afro-American soul artists Sade, Erika Badu and Nina Simone. Chantell on voice and Nyasha on keyboards, voice and percussion create a deeply rooted synergy between African and soul music. The organisers will levy a cover charge of N and they will provide seats on a first come first serve basis. Sultry sounds... African balladeers Chantell Uiras and Nyasha Chirau will perform African Ballads duets at the Heinitzburg Castle tomorrow night. MUSIC //Karas artists exploited and ignored Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop Rock and reggae artist Ras Ronald has bemoaned the lack of support and opportunities for artists in the //Karas region. Ras says the region is blessed with talented people; especially the youth, who in his opinion should not be wandering around the streets without jobs but should be making a living from their talents. However, sadly this is not case, as nothing has come from the talents of many young people because no one gives them the necessary support for them to realise their potential. “I have come to realise there are many people that can be employed in the music industry in this region. There are many talented young people polished,” Ras says. Some of those who try to make use of their talents also face many hurdles, such as lack of funds, equipment and opportunities to showcase their talents. Even when artists try their best to make music, they end up making losses as the community does not support them by buying their music, nor do event organisers invite local artists to perform. When people do pay them, they are paid peanuts or nothing at all, which he says condemns many artists to poverty. “A plate of food has been the mode of payment to artists in this region. After the artists have been used or misused, they are given a plate of food as payment, but sometimes the food is even Ras also castigates event organisers in the region for sidelining local artists during big events, while they pay big money for artists from other regions. He appealed to regional leaders and businesses to support local artists to realise their potential and help them make a decent living from their talent. Photo: Matheus Hamutenya MUSIC Choirs win gospel festival Windhoek The Sion Mass Choir and /Ae //Gams Youth Choir have won the 2017 Old Mutual National Gospel Choir Festival. Sion Mass Choir from Otjiwarongo won the mature category, while the /Ae-//Gams Parish in Windhoek with over 500 people attending. The Ephesians Parish Choir took second place in the mature category, while the Alpha Choir ended third. In the youth category, St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission came in second and Sion Youth Choir third. This is the second edition of the festival after Old Mutual launched it last year. After working in partnership with various churches since 2005, Old Mutual decided to give back to the community by hosting the choir festival. Regional auditions take place between August and September each year. Conductors also received training on how to read and conduct music “In a way, we are improving the technical ability of the conductors and improving the quality of songs sung during the competition,” festival project manager Joan Biwa told Nampa. This year, 700 choir members in 28 choirs took part. Up for grabs were cash prizes winners. Biwa says they decided to introduce two categories (mature and youth) this year as the entries they received were so diverse. “The technique differs in mature and youth groups and so does the energy, so we could not hold them to the same standards,” she says. – Nampa Keetmanshoop-based Rock and Reggae artist Ras Ronald bemoans the exploitation of local artists if not their total exclusion from events. Winner… The Sion Mass Choir won the mature category at the Old Mutual National Gospel Choir Festival in Windhoek last Saturday.