18 entertainment Thursday, March 29 2018 | NEW ERA CHORAL Mascato, German choir offer Coast pre-Good Friday show • Donna Collins They sing like angels - literally. The Mascato Youth Choir which has worked and performed with over 60 choirs from countries around the world, are performing in Swakopmund today with a German choir touring the country. The Mascato Youth Choir will be performing a joint concert together the Junges Vokalensemble Hannover at the Namib Primary School. The German choir ‘Junges Vokalensemble Hannover’ is currently on a concert tour in Namibia following invitations by partner choirs in Cape Town, Windhoek, and Swakopmund. They have already delighted the choir loving public, with a stellar performance at the Zoo Park since arriving in Windhoek. In addition the choir who is based in Hannover, was part of a ‘Germany and Namibia Devotion’ concert held at the Groote Kerk, Macedonia Parish in Katutura. In the lineup were the COTA Youth Choir (Windhoek), Soli deo Gloria (Katutura) and Harmin Choir (Katutura). The Mascato Youth Choir which is based in Swakopmund has 140 choir members, with singers from all over Namibia. They perform in 25 concerts a year, averaging at least two shows a month, and travel all around Namibia and the world. The choir’s manager and conductor, Theo Cookson, says the choir has around 25 concerts a year - two a month - sometimes more. People pay the choir to perform and the funds are used for travelling expenses for the members who often travel to the furthest parts of the country. The Mascato Youth Choir was established in 1996. Today they have developed tuition programme providing music classes to coastal youth. Since its inception, more than 2000 coastal youth have been members of the Choir. “We are frequently called upon to sing for visiting heads of states, foreign dignitaries and various groups of tourists,” says Cookson, adding that between 1996 and 2018, the choir has worked and performed with over 60 choirs from different countries. These talented young Namibians have travelled to countries such as South Africa, England, Germany, Portugal, Spain, France, Canada and even the Yale University Glee Club Choir from the USA where they variously have received standing ovations to their repertoires. Cookson says the choir was founded on the philosophy of providing music tuition to the coastal youth and has expanded countrywide. The choir has since become a proud cultural export product of Namibia, and has matured from an initial group of inexperienced teenagers to a polished team of singers who can take to the stage anywhere in the world. Meanwhile the mixed choir Junges Vokalensemble Hannover was founded in 1981 by its artistic director Visiting... The Junges Vokalensemble Hannover from Hannover in Germany, which has been touring the country and joints the internationally acclaimed Mascato Youth Choir of Swakopmund in Swakopmund for a night of glorious song tonight. professor Klaus-Juergen Etzold. The choir consists of about 50 singers. They perform a wide range of a cappella music from the 15th century leading up to current times, have recorded 16 CDs and have performed several world premieres of contemporary compositions. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the Muscato choir to be part of such an inspiriting programme of song with such a world class choir , and we are really looking forward to the concert on Thursday night,” concludes Cookson, adding that everyone is invited to come and enjoy a night of glorious song. MUSIC South African artists descend on Lüderitz • Tuulikki Abraham Well-known Gqom music duo from Durban in South Africa, will be entertaining the Lüderitz revelers this Saturday during the Harders Cup. The duo which consists of recording artist and producer Thobani “Que”Mgobhozi and Zipho “Goldmax”Mthembu are best known for their hit track “Omunye”, which is still making waves on national radios and social media. South African female artist Bongekile Simelane, also known as “Babes Wodumo”, will also be entertaining the crowd with some of her hit tracks. Local act, Destruction Boyz, will be making waves standing their own ground on home turf deliver an quality performance as they have become well known for. A capacity crowd is expected with revelers not missing this star-studded event from beyond Namibia’s southern borders, and locally. Apart from the Gqom music duo, the event is expected to be lined up by local artists such as Doc-Lee from Lüderitz who titled “Verstaan”, General Jitaz, DJ Ants, Tulisan, Adora, TGoss & Staika, and Gazza. Organizers are promising the buchters that it will indeed Local is lekker… Destruction Boyz who promise to add Saturday of music spiced by South Africa artists of Gqom fame, and football, during the Harders Cup in Lüderitz. be a memorable event not to be missed, a mixture of great entertainment with footballing and socialising all for all free.
Thursday, March 29 2018 | NEW ERA MUSIC Esme gets intimate with fans entertainment 19 Local songbird Esmeralda Katjikuru, also known as Esme will be rocking year, bringing some classical and unique style of performances at the ‘Intimate Night with Esme’ at the Zoo Café Lounge tomorrow. The event is organised by South African based local actor and scriptwriter, Abraham Pieters, who says that this will be an annual event featuring different artists, locals and international. This is to raise awareness and collect money to feed and clothe less privileged people in the community. “But the objective is to entertain the people and Esme is one of the artists to open this annual event with her golden voice,” says Pieters. He adds that apart from performances, people can expect Esme talking closely to them about her journey in the music industry. The event is also to mingle and interact with one another, and share the successfully story of local artists who are having an impact in the industry. “I’m planning to at least have three more shows in the coming months to raise funds to buy clothes for winter. Winter is just around the corner so I’ve decided that I will contribute to our [disadvantaged] communities, not only in Windhoek but in the south as well. The reason why I want to tackle the south is because I’ve seen the circumstances that people live in and it really struck a chord with me,” says Pieters. Pieters explains that he has always been an admirer of Esme’s music. “She is a true entertainer with so much to offer. The MC of the evening will be the Makeup Guru himself and Fashion Enthusiast, Jay Aeron Gertse. He is a ball of energy that you want around you all day.” The event will start at six O’clock in the evening (18h00) and tickets are N$ 100 at the Zoo Café Lounge. Getting intimate… CELEBRITY NEWS It’s remote, barren and dangerous – yet news reaches me that Prince Harry has his heart set on a honeymoon in Namibia with Meghan Markle It’s remote, barren and dangerous – yet news reaches me that Prince Harry has his heart set on a honeymoon in Namibia with Meghan Markle. Contrary to reports suggesting that he will whisk Meghan off to the Caribbean after the wedding on May 19, I hear Harry will instead turn to luxury lodge company Natural Selection to organise an adventure in the huge south-west African country. A source says Harry and Meghan have been advised to use a number of different lodges to keep people guessing about their whereabouts. One of Natural Selection’s newest attractions is the Hoanib Valley Camp, a four-hour drive by car from the nearest town. The £500-a-night lodge is still being built – but, intriguingly, is due to be completed in May. The chances of bumping into hordes of camera-wielding tourists will be pretty remote in Namibia. It is one of the least populated places in the world, home to the highest sand dunes on the planet, and the deepest canyon in Africa. The indigenous population is the 50,000-strong Himba tribe. – Mail on Sunday BRANDING Boss Madam brands with Delush Wines The Boss Madam brand owned by local singer, Sally Boss Madam, has once again reached another milestone when it signed a deal with the Delush Wines brand recently. Delush Wines, a subsidy of the Brockmann & Kriess, along with Orange River Cellars welcomed the singer’s brand onto their portfolio, acknowledging the ability to manage its brand through a credible public relations Thambapilai, trade marketing manager at Brockmann & Kriess, applauds Sally Boss Madam and her team for successfully guarding her brand, and allowing Poiyah Media to seal her deal through strategic company alignment. “The Boss Madam brand has become a household name in Namibia and beyond. Her brand has been added to our Delush portfolio and her main responsibilities would be to associate our company aims with her following,” says Thambapilai. She adds that as social media continues to become the trend, their organisation needs to be relevant with those who beyond. “Marketing and sound public relations are key to any endorsement and she checks all of those boxes to allow us at Brockmann & Kriess to tap into her target audience.” Founder of Poiyah Media, that through their expertise of understanding corporate focus areas, requirements and trust, this is one of the many deals that will help businesswomen and men, use their talent and operate on a larger scale. Sally says such endorsements makes her work easier. “I no longer have to worry about funding, but can focus on crafting my music and have a peace of mind knowing that the projects are catered through corporates as such,” says Sally. At the same time, Sally adds that her work opens a new opportunity for corporates to resonate with her audience. “As part of my partnership with Poiyah Media, they have allowed my needs to stand out and set Boss Madam’s terms and conditions. Being a mother, a wife and a role model, my association with this brand will always resonate responsible drinking and behavior,” says the Boss. With the brand, she will embark on a Women Crush Wednesday, promoting the guidelines of having fun in a responsible manner. Sally has a great reputation having served as brand ambassador for Sanlam and Multichoice Namibia.