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Friday,February 24, 2017

Friday,February 24, 2017 | NEW ERA 26 TIME OUT DINING Tura gets a new trendy dining, drinking social rendezvous Staff Reporter Windhoek This last few days many a road seem to have been leading to nowhere then to Leviticus Street, a stone throw away from the Single Quarters open market, Windhoek’s kapana premiere joint. The destiny nowadays has been towards what seems to increasingly become the muchsought-after rendezvous and the craze of the moment among some select Kautura socialites, the Muina Kumui Restaurant and Bar. See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil but just come and see the wonders of hospitality and entertainment the names seems to denote, which literally mean silence. This silence is apparently induced by the décor of the place, buttressed by the sumptuous meals on offer and an eccentric social atmosphere. What with all these combinations but for the patrons to keep silent and be devoured by the African hospitality that the joint offers. No wonder lately Muina Kumui has been the talk of the town for nothing but for the seclusive and exclusive sojourn it offers all and sundry, especially laid back middle aged socialites from the suburbs of Katutura itself and Windhoek main alike. Just what the sociocultural healers recommends for all those souls much in need of a necessary respite after a hard day’s stressing at the office. Exquisiteness seems to be the trademark of Muina Kumui from its versatile menu of both traditional and mainstream dishes, offered for lunch starting at midday branching into dinner. And of course drinks, soft and otherwise to quench any one’s thirst. There’s hardly a time since the joint opened its doors to the public on a Friday three weeks from today, that it has not been jam packed. Certainly residents of the street must as yet have to get the hang of it all what may have hit their usually sleepy traditional street in the heartland of African traditional conservatism of Katutura. Accustomed to only occasional traffic flow, and/or a single car parked outside one or the other house, the street has lately been an endless and limitless lines of upmarket automobiles, a Your hostesses and owners of Muina Kumui Restaurant and Bar Uahena Maharero and Sukoo Tujendapi. ( Top left) Uncle Bob Kandetu leading the toasting team on the opening night. With him are Sukoo Tujendapi, Dru Katjiruru and Uahena Maharero. ^ (Top right) Who can have been better on the musical controls than one of Namibia’s foremost entertainer an master director of ceremonies than Princess M. (2nd pic from right middle) Master chef and waiter Rino Kamberipa. (Bottom left) McBright Kavari and Ngurii Katjiua and her family enjoying an early dinner. (Bottom right) testimony to the upward and high social and economic mobility patrons who lately have been connoisseurs the new Katutura joint on the block. With few joints seemingly in its league in Katutura, it is not surprising for the clientele that Muina Kumui has been seeming to be luring. One would have thought three weeks since its opening it is only a new craze but from the looks of things it would be long before the craze dissipate. Provided, of course, as one client maintains, it maintains the breathtaking standard that it has so far been spoiling the patrons with. For every patron who may have satisfied her/his curiosity on any particular day or week, many more have been streaming in to equally quench their curiosity about the latest outdoor trendsetter in Katutura. Looks like every day is a new day at the joint brings its own clusters of patrons that the joint remains a hustle and bustle, especially over weekends. That it quickly gaining the fame of the beehive and hideout of Windhoek’s socialites and night birds, in all their sizes, hues, shapes and all their gentilities. A brainchild of longtime friends, Uahena and Sukoo, known for delectable dishes on various occasions and circles like trade fairs and gala dinners as well as glamourus receptions, the joint has been long in the making, the two having realised the near to dearth of decent, cozy and down-to-earth but classy eateries with affordable but qualitative delicacies right in the heart of Katutura main. The choice of menu is as versatile as delectable from the simple platter of meat, veggies and your choice of starch to the more exquisite for the choosy patron. One could notice some diners complaining about the meagerness of the offerings on a plate only to hear them retract their observation once done. Succulence has done its trick. One outstanding standard is the laid back soft music. No loud music at all. “The lessee will conduct his/her business with due respect and consideration to peaceful co-existence with neighbours and the whole neighbours. The business should refrain from any form of noise and environmental pollutions,” screams one of the conditions of the business loud and clear. Reasonably so for its location in a residential area. All the more this dovetail well with its tranquil patrons. And this no doubt has been but one attraction for the exclusive and select patronage. For those having that special occasion, your hosts are more than willing to prepare that delectable meal for your guests. Lunch packages can also be prepared on request delivered at your workplace’s doorstep, for twenty people and more. So welcome to the dining and catering revolution of Muina Kumui.

Friday, February 24,2017 | NEW ERA OBITUARY TIME OUT 27 29 Namibia, South Africa mourn Al Jarreau Photo credit: Staff Reporter Windhoek Namibians has also joined the rest of the world, including neighbouring South Africa, in mourning the passing away of Afro-American legendary singer, Alwyn Lopez Jarreau, popularly known as Al. The singer passed away on February 12 at the age of 76. “Al Jarreau was controversial jazz singer some didn’t actually understand the falsetto of his MUSIC Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek singing. He was one the all times jazz singer I’ve ever listened to. What a brilliant singer. His collaboration work with George Benson was one the album to be takin serious,” says Namibian veteran musician Simeon Kanime, aka Sledge. Al had seven Grammys under his belt, and his song Moonlighting cooked up a storm in the 1980s. The 1985 television series “Moonlighting” gained an extra boost with the theme song written and sung by Jarreau. It became one of his best recordings. “A smooth talker and didn’t say much, but says a lot when he Mashura ruled the Warehouse Theatre enters the stage. I miss him as a controversial, non-copied, and never replaced jazz singer of all time,” tributes Sledge. South Africans also had a special place in their hearts for Al Jarreau. One of them is today’s Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, who expressed sadness on his passing. “We are shocked and saddened at the passing of legendary Jazz and R&B singer and seven time Grammy winner, Al Jarreau. A great master has left our midst. “We have embraced him as belonging also to us as a creative son of the African Diaspora. His music has given us joy over decades and his songs have instilled us with power to change our lives. “We can never forget songs like ‘We’re in this love together’, which stays in our minds. I remember his performance so well at the 2015 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, where he wooed us with his all-time greats and thanked South Africa for inspiring the world. “This is a sore loss for jazz lovers all over the world. Al Jarreau’s versatility as an artist who crossed musical barriers meant that his music was loved by a range of different audiences. His music is popular music at its best, inspirational and tuneful, with a voice that could harmonise well and thus gave us strength and confidence in ourselves,” said Mthethwa. Born in Milwaukee in the US in 1940, he started singing at church gatherings when he was still a boy. He embarked on a musical journey in the 1960s, releasing an album in 1965. Jarreau’s ascent into jazz royalty as a solo artist began with the release of his Grammy Awardwinning debut album, 1976’s “We Got By.” Jarreau’s biggest commercial success would come by way of his sophomore release “Breakin’ Away,” which included the hit single “We’re In This Love Together.” The 1981 album transcended genres and enjoy success on the Pop, R&B and jazz charts. The seven-time Grammy Award winner was the second vocalist in music history to receive the coveted award in three categories: jazz, pop and R&B.– The Warehouse in-house band, Mashura, ruled Warehouse Theatre last Friday and Saturday with a massive performance delighting revelers more than 15 of their songs. The band, known for their energetic repertoires took revelers on a real treat with renditions such as Mwanangu, Usayende and Gara Pasi, before a nostalgic indulgence in Bob Marley’s Turn Your Lights and Lucky Dube’s Remember Me. The group was joined by Tapz from the Savanna Afros as a guest performer. Revelers filled up the Boiler Room to enjoy the performances singing and The Mashura band in action at the Warehouse Theatre on last Friday night. dancing along with the performers. Mashura a two- piece Afro Jazz group they hope to see the two of us on one stage, “We became a house band of the Warehouse and people love the music and the comprising Nayasha from Savannah Afros sharing our musical talents. Hence we ended and Slickartie from the Ell’s Band. “We met up naming our self Mashura, since me and renditions we do. Since we just started, when I was still a member of Savannah Nayasha never really saw each other eye to we see our self achieving more and having Afros before I moved to seek myself but eye but thanks to music it brought peace and opportunities.” then we saw ourselves coming back together unity in our lives,” Slickarie shared their The band is also looking forward doing and forming a band (Mashura) just me and journey after the performance. an album together and collaborating with Nayasha,” says Slickarie. They formed the band in January this other artists like Black Velvet. “We sound The band sings Afro Jazz and Reggae, but year and has been performing mostly at the great together so we need to work with has no boundaries when it comes to their Warehouse Theatre every weekend and at more artists, learn cultures and do music music. “It all came to light when people the La brocante. The band also promised to that reaches the international market,” says said we sounded great together and one day host more shows this year. Slickarie. NSK Industry Loop Imaginary Haters Am I the only one who is sick and tired of these imaginary haters? No seriously, I cannot be the only person in this country that always wonders how an entertainer who just got unto the scene has haters. Or am I? #Crickets Maybe we should leave that for twitter. ( @naobebsekind). But how though? When Radio Djs tell you something different from what your side piece tells you, it’s hating poovii? Side piece because we all know your girl ain’t got time for your trivial hobbies. Nooooo waiti waiti #TateButiVoice…I know! Hating is when an entertainment reporter tells you something different from what your homies tell you! That’s straight hating mos? Get over yourself ! A difference in opinion is not hating. You should actually be thankful that these VERY important people who have crazy deadlines and relationship problems (see what I did there? LOL) made the bloody time to reply to your ungrateful unattractive behind with constructive points on your material. Here’s what I never get, entertainers will come to you asking for an opinion on their work. Now, ousi khoes…if you’re going to come to me for an opinion you should make peace with the two possibilities that could prevail. Which will be that I’d like it or nah! Don’t go around asking for an opinion on your work if you are not ready for a difference of insight to that of your gellas. The reality is that many of these people you seek an opinion from are genuine lovers of Namibian content. However you will not fool them with the whole “Its Namibian so you must just automatically support” rhetoric. They will never sugar coat their thoughts on your work. They will tell you like it is and move to advice you. I will. That’s what I actually do. Ask the thousands of Kwaito artists I use to deal with during my time at the Energy10fm sanctioned Kwaito Top 10. They know the Kwangala. LOL. I will tell you straight what I feel about your work and then move to advise you. You now need to use this advice to your advantage. Professionals like myself should actually be charging your noisy face for services rendered. I understand lawyers charge for just reading your email these days. So likeminded professionals should actually charge you and call it “consultancy fees”. Jah neh omes, no one must be left out! A difference in opinion on your work is not hating. So stop all this weightless lyrics about serving your haters. It really brings a cactus taste to your brand or any material based on “haters”. Until the next Loop, we say #GMTM Song of the week: Jaleel: BE (LIE) VE Flop of the week: Giovanni and Norman: Baby NSK is a professional MC. For bookings, email @naobebsekind (twitter)

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