Coronavirus sadness/madness taking its toll? Pfft. Rhetorical question, of course, it is.
Coronavirus sadness/madness taking its toll? Pfft. Rhetorical question, of course, it is.
ONDANGWA - While most people see discarded materials as garbage, 31-year old Kamati Eliaser sees it as a consignment of art supplies which puts bread on the table.
The best advice she can give anyone is to always run their race at their own pace, adding people should not be afraid to wander off the beaten track and to follow their instincts as they navigate their way through this show called life.
Fresh FM radio personality Denzel Leroy //Naobeb, also known as NSK said the latest knock-out project by MTC is the kind of assignment he is ecstatic to be part of as it is tangible and warms his heart because it is addressing the issue of homelessness in the country.
My travel journey around Namibia started approximately four years ago. I made the conscious decision to get up and experience this beautiful country, and I did so while keeping a very tight budget (laugh with me).
RUNDU – Rundu-based local artist Thomas Lucas, also known as M-GEE, along with other fellow youth in pursuit of relevance recently held a peaceful solidarity demonstration to join the world on the ongoing demonstration of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign.
The much ado about nothing wedding of Leather Mein and Sally Boss Madam that sparked social media buzz had attendees cracking ribs with joy and excitement as the duo premiered their song ‘Bestie’s’ music video at Ster Kinekor, Grove Mall over the weekend.
Tswazis, which hosted their winter bash in the capital to a captivating audience, informed Entertainment Now! that they are planning on being inclusive and with time spread out to the rest of the country, starting with Okahandja at a date to be announced.
Many of us have presumably become acquainted with the term ‘mental health’ – more so now as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A few years ago, I embarked on a personal journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.
MTC generously announced an investment figure totalling N$13. 2 million to be ploughed into the entertainment industry, comprising the Windhoek Fashion Week (N$3.6 million) and the 081Every1 Music Fest (N$9.6 million) for the next three years.
Widely believed to be a toothless bulldog that somehow forgot it can bite, artists union, Oruuano has had to defend its existence to members and simply been ignored by government and stakeholders more so now when artists are counting the losses of Covid- 19 in their pockets.
Music sales in the Namibian music scene have declined as people scarcely buy compact disks (CDs) and artists earning money from online streaming and downloads is proving to be quite hard while music retailers are limping as well.
I have had the privilege of visiting the popular Deadvlei. I have dreamt about it for years! A dry pan in the middle of a desert? Who wouldn’t? It is majestic, beautiful, and ethereal!
The top trending clip on our radar is of a local composer, rapper Pandu Prince Slammex from Lüderitz, who did a parody of Die Bene Kook (The Bones Are Cooking).
Music education appears to be an unpopular topic in the Namibian music scene and it might have become gradually hard to access in most local schools, that is the reason why Snareworx Music Academy took up the decision to educate people of all ages about the literacy of music.
Namibian literature heavy-weight Frederick Freddie Philander has bemoaned that musicians are not the only artists in the country; hence, funding should focus on all artists from various categories.
There is no doubt that one of man’s common fear is the fear of the unknown.
#FromTheJump is a look at “behind-the-curtain” conversations between creatives from different art forms and disciplines to highlight some of the struggles, lessons and sacrifices creatives endure on their journeys towards their dreams and destinies.
Last week, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture availed N$5.5 million from its national budget to be implemented through the National Arts Council of Namibia (NACN) to ease the effects of Covid-19 as a temporary relief fund for the entertainment sector.
Sofia is a little big-mouthed diva with super sassy lines that will have you rolling on the floor.
We all have fantasies with our favourite artists, some want to have deep conversations about business with Jay Z or P Diddy, others wouldn’t mind being locked up in a studio with DJ Castro or being stuck in an elevator or on an escalator next to Big Ben or even Chikune.
Stalin Kay real name Stalin Kapembe, the man behind the famous RV Inc label helped shape the career of Rizzy and produced notable music videos for most of the artists in the country back in the day has recently released an online book for businesses.
The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has availed N$5, 5 million from its national budget for the initiative to be implemented through the National Arts Council of Namibia to ease the effects of Covid-19 as a temporary relief fund for the entertainment sector.
Unless you have been residing under a bridge or bypassing bookstores and libraries, you probably know that books do make a difference in the world.
Chinua Achebe (1958) wrote ‘Things Fall Apart’ in an attempt to argue against Eurocentric notions and redefine civilisation not as a form of spiritual, psychological and economic mechanisation by the whites but rather a remedy to alter that which is deemed harmful to the existing society.
If the name George Floyd does not mean anything to you... I BEG you to continue reading because you are ignorant AF!
Singers from Keetmanshoop amassed for what is being seen as the most heartwarming and beautiful rendition of the ever-popular We Are The World ballad – to be in solidarity with the rest of the world during these tough times brought forth by the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Time immemorial, humanity has tended that a child is no full human being and that the caretaker or parent’s responsibility is to raise them into a decent and fully human being.
The organisers of Kasi Vibe Festival Namibia and the owner of TouchLight Audio and Stage, a company that offers stage sound, lighting and event management services in the country, recently teamed up to stage an event dubbed #DriveThruCinema at Lafrenz parking lot at 80 Rensburger Street, to cater to the entertainment sector that has been hugely affected by the novel coronavirus.
An uncharacteristic wedding that raised the vibe on social media between musicians Sally Boss Madam and Leather Mein is in an actual sense much ado about nothing.
RUNDU - Fashion designer Toze Benjamin believes people can have anything they want in life if they dress for it. He also believes that during the pandemic lockdown, no one should be caught on the wrong side of the law, without wearing a mask. The designer sure deserves a standing ovation as he made the choice to join the global solidarity movement to help keep everyone safe.
Though I am not really into social media as much as I was in my younger days, I do still browse through at least for a minute or two a day, literally. Now, in one of these occasions sometime last week, I came across a quote posted by one of my favourite fellow Hermien Elago that read: “No one is qualified to tell you how to experience the world”.
Benefit concerts are such a bore. Like...wow bruh. The Global Citizen “One World: Together At Home” concert was a bore. The BET “Saving Ourselves Covid-19 benefit” concert was bottom of the barrel ok. I fell asleep 10 minutes into the MTV Base “Africa Day Benefit” concert! Yes, I get it... let’s all come together and save the world through the power of arts and entertainment, raise funds and direct these funds to the most destitute and in the same vein strengthen our efforts towards the fight against the coronavirus. I get it. All good and well... mara does it have to be so damn tedious?
African American singer Ray Charles once said “Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.” that’s what happened in the country this week. 27 May 2010 will be a bitter day in the lives of music lovers and enthusiasts as it reminds them of the untimely passing of a Namibian music legendary icon, Jackson Muningandu Kaujeua.
Comedian Hazel Kaekoo Kamaazembua Putuaota (21) second clip of homeschooling is the top trending video on our radar as she attempts to teach her daughter. The clip which has garnered close to 6 000 views on Facebook is depicting a typical approach by Ovaherero parents.
One of the most anticipated online shows, #5minFinesse could be the future of online shows in the country, based on the love and support it gets from local and international fans.
To say the return of the rap game’s most beloved acts in the country was unexpected would be an understatement. These are some of the artists that brought and awakened the hip-hop culture in the country, and their reunion came as a surprise to the music industry.
RUNDU - Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) in Rundu have realised that local artists in the region have been hit hard due to social distancing regulations whereby there are no shows, concerts or public performance to promote themselves and have thus come up with an idea to promote them via social media live streaming sessions.
Reggae musician Ras Petu has made a passionate plea for his 30 seconds of fame. The established Ras Petu asked that reggae musicians be recognised and their craft be given a fair chance like any other genre celebrated in the industry.
Last weekend, Entertainment Now! caught up with Exile, one of the most talented rappers in the country from back in the days. He is known to be one of the members of the popular group, ‘The Kalaharians’, and one of the artists who were at the forefront of the music industry in the country from the 90s to the early 2000s.
We have come to live in a world where we are constantly reminded about time and being productive. This has brought us to the point where we become anxious when there is nothing to do. As a result, we try to find even the most trivial things to keep us preoccupied and constantly “busy”.
Namibian filmmakers have once again proven that there is hope in the local industry, through Kapana, a 60-minute long flick. The film aims to enlighten locals and film lovers across the world that love does exist and can be found in the most unexpected places.
All he needs is a pencil, brush and paper and he is the happiest person one can ever get. With an impeccable experience of drawing for almost two decades, Fillemon Negumbo (23) never thought he would be tapping into the type of artistry he is into right now – Hyperrealism.
Local artist, Monika Pinias, known as Top Cheri trended this week after a horrible encounter with the law took the social media streets. The ‘’Hangover’’ hitmaker narrated the whole ordeal in the most artistic way possible to enlighten her supporters on what exactly unfolded.
You see in Namibia if you are not in my camp or if you are not my favourite, I will NEVER give credit where it’s due. I will never praise your work publicly. Never will I admit that your output and quality thereof is amazing and deserves a highlight.
So, chakalaka is such an easy go-to side dish for any pap and warm pasta salad. I make it every two weeks and freeze half and keep the rest in the fridge. It surprisingly holds up well in the fridge for up to a week. Here is my take on a firm family favourite....
Grootfontein-based rapper Paulus Njambi, stage name Nigga Get Rich, who is known for his hip hop vintage type of swag and interesting lyrics in his ballads, recently loaded a video of his Bronx collection, jokingly challenging fellow musician Gazza to clap back on his collection.
Her sense of humour is mesmerising and she has astonishing energy that people crave whenever she performs, but behind closed doors lies an extremely insecure girl.
There was a time I sat at an open mic evening and there was a lady who was reciting a piece to her mother. She spoke about how much her mother means to her and what it means that she is in her life. Although it has been a difficult journey for her and her mother, she has never ceased to show love and care for her.
Miss Namibia national director Conny Maritz has said, for the time being, Miss Namibia Pageant Venture (Pty) Ltd will not go ahead with arrangements for the crowning of Miss Namibia 2020 due to the pandemic.
You might have seen him on TV for 91 days, as he represented Namibia at the fourth season of the Big Brother Africa Show (BBA) and finishing third place, Helsinki-based Edward Mandume Moongo says he is trying out that new modern life as a “Diasporic entrepreneur” but home will always be where the heart is.
I bet you probably at times find yourself wondering why most of our worries are about money, besides all talk of budgeting and daily financial advice in magazines, newspapers and even on social media. You may probably wonder why money appears to be one of the most sensitive issues and often happens to be a source of most people’s anxiety and even serious health mental issues.
Musician and media personality Joseph Ailonga, known as Jossy Jossy, as well as singer and songwriter Taylor Jaye, in collaboration with Undenge Investment, donated goods to care centres as part of their pledge to give back to their community and support those who are unable to help themselves.
Markes Haufiku picked a lucky charm and gained recognition in his early music career, a struggle to most emerging artists in the country. Entertainment Now! caught up with one of the most celebrated artists in the northern part of the country who is climbing the ladder of fame.
hate the hypocrisy in this country! I said it before and I will say it again... this “drink your water and mind your business” is sommer straight nonsense! What pisses me off the most is that people in this country use it selectively. Why do we, as people, have different standards for mirrored scenarios transpiring internationally?
This lockdown has made us all open up our fridges, pantries and hearts to the needs of people around us and in our community. Mutete is one of those things you receive as part of a care package from Kuku. This mutete came from the ever lush Kavango region, straight from my Kuku’s hands.
Namibia has an extremely rich pool of talented individuals in art and crafts. One of these certain individuals is visual artist and craftsman, Ndako Nghipandulwa. In a recent interview, the visual artist shares his sentiments of the pandemic with unwrap.online.
Ladies, if you are almost 30 and you didn’t push one, you will be late. This is the sentence that Nangamana Sirkka Kashidinge starts her 3:03 video with which has garnered more than 17 000 views on her Facebook account since its upload on 25 April 2020.
As most industries have come to a standstill due to Covid-19, the situation has not deterred others from trying to keep the music sector alive. DonluAfrica Playlist which premiered last week on Touch FM with Lischen Khachas, better known as DJ Lisch, is set to keep local music in the ears of listeners.
Apparently, someone once said that if you want to hide something from a black man, hide it in a book. It is funny that at the time I heard it, I never took it literally. But as time went on, I thought deeply about it and decided to start reading. This was not the first time I embarked on a reading quest though, because I have been reading more than enough self-help books before then.
The National Arts Council of Namibia (NACN) has proposed various interventions for arts and cultural heritage sector to be revived and further requested the education and arts culture ministry to fork out about N$15 million amidst the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Undoubtedly when you hear the name Boli Mootseng, you can agree he is one of the most recognisable creatives you can meet. He has helped shaped the music industry over the years to what it is today and helped so many artists along the way in their careers.
When I started my career at the age of 19 I dabbled in everything, I did radio, marketing events, cleaning services, engineering, writing, blogging, master of ceremony services, speaker, philanthropist and influencer. I did everything and I ensured I did it well and ensured I kept BUSY. As a result, I spread myself thin. I revered in the statement that I so proudly reiterated often .
The former Miss Namibia and Miss Universe Michelle McLean shared the importance of investing in the country’s tourism industry in a live interview with Miss Namibia Nadja Breytenbach on Instagram recently.
Gospel star D-Naff has bashed the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) organisers for their inconsistency in recognising local artists and speculated the possibility of them having issues against Christian or gospel artists.
We are barely told about how many times they didn't give up or the setbacks they have endured. Producer Setrick Dantu well known as KalloOnTheBeat shared with this reporter what made him who he is as one of Namibai’s top producers.
The COVID-19 lockdown does not mean non-essential service providers are not working.
MTC’s Corporate Communications Practitioner Fikameni Mathias has said the extension of the lockdown means the current circumstances that are of public knowledge dictates the safety of Namibians as a nation an utmost priority, further explaining that now the awards have been indefinitely postponed, a new date will have to be set when all has returned to normal.
Those who may have dived into the subject of the subconscious would agree that the more you think of something, the more you start seeing more of it. For example, if you start thinking about buying a car of a certain make, you tend to see more of it.
The Covid-19 pandemic is beginning to sink in across the entertainment industry and some local music producers feel the heat as their music business begins to slow down.
I am very passionate about being and creating a voice for women. One of the best and safest spaces to allow women to fully be themselves is through poetry. The arena of poetry and spoken word has been dominated by female poets who have graced the stages with their written accounts of life journeys.
Minnesota based YouTube star Sonny Side travels to unique parts of the world on the hunt for the best food each country has to offer and shares these stories with viewers on his vlog called ‘Best Ever Food Review Show’.
While some see the lockdown period as an economically challenging moment, others have adapted to the situation and reinvented themselves to stay relevant. Joseph Ailonga also known as Jossy Joss has started an online platform, which entertains, educates and informs the masses in the comfort of their homes.
The top trending clip on our radar is of a six-year-old girl with an angelic voice, Taveya Munyika singing ‘He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands’ to comfort everyone affected by the outbreak.
Earlier this week, Venaune Kandukira, widely known as Big Ben, pleaded with radio stations in the country to play more of local songs during the lockdown.
The Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards (SYMLAFAs) are returning to create memories in the entertainment industry at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) for its fourth edition on 12 September 2020, and entries for the different categories are closing on 29 May 2020.
Namibian creatives took President Hage Geingob’s words literally that nobody should be left behind, even during the current global pandemic.
Gazza is indeed the Moses that keeps giving, even in hard times, through music. In a time of despair, award-winning artist Gazza has given music consumers across the globe hope through his latest single and music video. We are in, without a question, one of the most critical times in our planet’s history as the world tries to win the fight over the deadly Covid-19; however, one of the elements that can keep us sane is music during these trying times.
Entertainers, we need to be smart during these uncertain times. Yes, social distancing means bad business for us. Yes, we are in the midst of a state of an emergency due to Covid-19, which is terrible for our bottom line. However, we need to be shrewd.
Footballers around the world have embarked on a #StayAtHomeChallenge by using the one thing people are panicking buying across the world during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic- toilet papers.
The University of Namibia (Unam) Khomasdal campus recently held a pre-Independence Day celebration to honour the country’s milestone in terms of peace and tranquillity, specifically highlighting the importance of entertainment in academia.
The third wave of feminism (late 1980s – early 2000s) is seen as a continuation of the second wave and a response to the perceived failures of the first two waves. Women in these periods worked on the laws that the first and second wave could not bring forth into existence.
Prominent radio head Jossy Joss, professionally known as Joseph Ailonga, told Entertainment Now! whenever one is joining any industry, it is important to venture into the agreement for business purposes and nothing else, further saying trust is earned.
Of late, we have been seeing our favourite celebrities getting endorsement deals to represent certain brands in the country. But what does it take to be a brand influencer or ambassador, and what exactly is expected of such a person? Do they get paid: How are they are remunerated or awarded? Entertainment Now! contacted Ohlthaver & List (O&L) and Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) to find out the importance of brand ambassadors.
The sheer beauty of the Namibian landscapes, architecture and its people is undeniably the most unique and stunning scenery to behold. While many may nod to the incredible natural beauty of Namibia and perhaps go down memory lane to some of their travels, the next best thing to touring Namibia in person is admiring its epic beauty as captured on camera by talented photographer Hentie Burger.
Rapper Lioness is one of the many Namibian youths who view the country’s 30 years of independence as a milestone worth celebrating, despite the myriad of challenges faced by the youth.
The entertainment industry is hardest hit by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus aka Covid-19. It is wreaking havoc. Covid-19 is taking the soul of the entertainment industry and playing ‘amagoes’ with it. If you want to see the entertainment industry crumble into pieces like what the cookie monster does with its baked treats, take away its events. Events are the soul of the entertainment industry. That’s how most entertainers make money. From the MC, to the artist, to the Dj, the sound team, the lights team, entertainment journalists, bloggers, vloggers, radio DJs, influencers, dancers, bouncers/security, theatre, event management, and club/lounge owners.
The top trending clip is from Sherriff Marshall Sean Naude who this week assisted a resident in the Khomasdal area by rescuing and capturing a snake. “This is a Southern African Python, it was commonly known as a Rock Python, it is not venomous and can reach six metres in length,” Naude informed Entertainment Now!
Three decades after independence, some of the prominent figures in the country are still not satisfied with the growth of the art and entertainment industry, saying there is so much to be done for it to be called an industry. Entertainment Now! spoke to some of the notable figures in the art and entertainment sector to hear their take on this.
After President Hage Geingob’s announcement to suspend all public gatherings recently, the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) was left to either cancel or postpone at least six shows, including rehearsals and auditions.
It is a no-brainer that at a slight investigation of our habits and behaviours, laying in our subconscious is a force whose control directs our decisions. This force secretly and greatly controls our minds and influences our decisions, behaviours, as well as their consequences.
Dubbed as the people’s favourite and internet sensation Kaboy Kamakili is all about quality delivery of content that people love to see. The kwaito star who is signed under Mshasho Records and whose biography is hard to complete without the mention of hard work and dedication has something for his fans which he has not delivered yet, visuals.
Each year, a winner out of many is crowned as the reigning queen and their job includes travelling the country and beyond to take part in life-changing volunteer work for different charities and organisations. But what happens once their reign is over? unwrap.online did some digging to find out what some of our past Miss Nam winners have been up to.
Music pioneer and choreographer, Papa Banana, real name Weshitile Shekupe, and his daughter Monika Kamati, recently released a single titled My Beautiful Namibia to celebrate Independence Day.
This year marks the 30th independence celebration of Namibia, a country which has gone through a lot of challenges to come this far. One of the great unifiers with a country of so many different ethnic groups, cultures and languages has always been music.
The organisers of Burna Boy’s African Giant tour in Namibia released a statement saying the anticipated tour has been rescheduled due to Covid-19 concerns.
I cannot for the life of me understand when people comment “mind your business” or “this is not news” on newspaper posts (articles) on Facebook. I mean...like seriously? Do we not know or understand what a news organisation is supposed to do? We’re 30 years deep and instead of being advanced, as a people, we somehow have become so unsophisticated and downright stupid!
Feminism; it is the All-Stars of all controversial conversations. In the olden days, many women like Betty Friedan and Mary Wollstonecraft have done an immensely great job. For those that do not know, there are four waves of feminism; usually three, but as of the millennial generation, four.
Hi guys welcome to my new column that will be published every fortnight in your favourite New Era’s Fridays section. Here you will be able to learn the basic importance of a recipe to your favourite dish and food. I will give you a few technical aspects as well as combinations of flavor and texture.
The top trending clip on our radar is a witty yet sarcastic, hilarious and quite humorous piece from Sinengela Owen (26), a teacher by profession in the Zambezi Region who was against the idea of Namibians not celebrating independence.
With an array of products and services present at all editions of the much-anticipated Kasi Vibe Festival, one cannot help but wonder if businesses are growing and progressing due to the exposure and promotion.
The First Lady of the Republic of Namibia will join hands with the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, Merck Foundation Fashion Awards, to empower infertile women.
If anyone has been around long enough before the mobile phone and the internet became common, they would probably agree that there was a time when patience was truly a virtue. They would agree that it was quite normal to send a message and wait for a reply after a month or two and the message would have still carried its significance.
Kasi Vibe Festival once again showed how it is an enabler for local artists.
An exhibition titled, ‘Reflect: Namibia at 30 years of Independence’, will be showcased on 5 March at the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) at 18:00.
Sally Ephraim Keya widely known as Sally Boss Madam has decided to go on a musical tour in some parts of Namibia that will see her performing live concerts in eight towns such as Tsumeb, Rundu, Windhoek, Gobabis, Keetmanshoop, Grootfontein, Katima Mulilo and Walvis Bay in a concert dubbed ‘10 Years A Boss’.
WALVIS BAY — Festivals and music show organisers will have to fork out more in terms of a refundable deposit when hiring municipal facilities for such gigs and events from now on.
Rapper Cassidy Karon, half of the Paradox, the organisers and host of the recent 80s show held at Confab Bistro, said themed parties always evoke emotions and tend to make people feel nostalgic, which in essence brings people closer.
Do we have show choirs in Namibia? I know we have a huge choral culture, yes, but show choir? The Namibian choral culture consists of anything from your old school choir formation to acapella ensembles. Show choir is an entirely different ball game.
The top trending clip for this week is of local entertainer Webster Snewe who was seen driving a toy car made from wires. The clip which has garnered more than 6 000 views and 170 shares brought back memories with many on social media stating that today’s kids don’t know how to have fun.
All-round accomplished singer Lilani Kisting, also known as Adora, is not slowing down, as the year progresses. She has just been revealed as a presenter for a new music show called Die Eintlike Vibe, which just premiered on One Africa Television this week.
Often we use our bathroom without giving them much thought. Most are hindered by how much little space the bathroom occupies that we do not consider it worthy of décor. Well, you do not have to keep your bathroom basic and boring nor sacrifice it for style and here is a few tips on how to translate it into a room worthy of its standards.
As if the lineup for the Independence Celebrations concert is not lit enough, imagine what it will be with these newly-added superstars. unwrap.online takes a closer look at who TKB and Piri Gure are.
Creative and technology inventor Dr Mark Mushiva has developed a Hip-Hop power glove that can be used by artists to create sound, a total game-changer.
The Cookout Market organising team is putting together a two-day event to create a family-friendly atmosphere that brings people of all different ages together for the love food.
Can we admit a few things...firstly, a newspaper without an entertainment section is downright tedious. The entertainment section is that Kapana spice. Who enjoys Kapana without spice? How dare you? Show yourself you philistine!
An Australian boy living with dwarfism captivated the world after his mother posted a distressing video showing the impacts of bullying, especially in schools. The heartbreaking video quickly went viral after being posted last week and has since garnered millions of views on social media platforms.
This week we are floating in exciting energy because we are sharing rules of my second (if not first) favourite rooms in the house. Do not waste time and energy trying to save money when designing your kitchen, you may need a touch of my magical hands to help translate your dream kitchen on a budget.
It may be irresponsible to think, for once, that probably one of man’s most longing is for novelty. But certainly, whether known to him/her or not, underlying almost every man’s attempt at life is an unexpressed quest for renewal and a more fulfilling life experience - although, in such pursuit, a man seems to be a victim of his self-made traps or conditioning of his circumstances.
The atmosphere of a pageant feels like a home away from home for the eight-year-old Christine Haindongo who has an international pageant lined up for her soon.
Despite a very strong rumour mill and speculation that there might be trouble in the paradise of award-winning celebrity couple DJ Kboz and Sally Boss Madam’s marriage, the two are not giving away much to deny or confirm the buzz.
The Let’s Unite Festival organising team said they are looking at least raising N$100 000 from the event slated for the Mokati Stadium in Otjiwarongo from 27 to 29 March 2020.
I believe by now, most of us know Albert Einstein as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. However, what most of us might not know is that back in 1895, his teacher told him “You will never amount to anything”. Fortunately, as it seems, Einstein never believed his teacher was the custodian of his destiny or that his opinion mattered.
Everybody loves ice cream to some degree – even those who are lactose intolerant. There is a new captain in town, Frozen Hut, to satisfy your ice cream cravings
Being a celebrity is something the majority believe to be an easy and lavish lifestyle, where all one does is use their creativity and people instantly fall in love with them.
From establishing a bikini and gym wear line to going into the beauty world, MK is an unstoppable force.
Last night, I sat on my camping chair outside, staring at the full bright moon. I have been doing this at every opportunity since the day I ditched watching television 5 years ago.
Namibian born multi-disciplinary visual artist and creative filmmaker, Vicky Sheelongo is requesting the public to lend support in funding her trip to represent Namibia at the 4th Edition of International Women Art Exhibition 2020 in Dubai.
Video: Elvo sharing his 18-year knowledge with students
Has Namibia’s music scene caught the retirement fever? Well, that is the question Namibia music pundits can’t seem to answer convincingly, safe to say a few in the country’s growing music industry have thrown in the towel a few times.
Living in a world that corners women into the kitchen and carrying the label to bear children is a curse and it is about time we change that narrative. I once read a book where the main character, a female, wanted to go to school but society and tradition told her otherwise.
Mobile Telecommunication Limited (MTC) launched the 30th Independence Day concert in the capital on Wednesday. Sponsored by Nasria, Tafel Lager and Profile Investment, the concert is roping in continental artists including Tiwa Savage and D’Banj, both from Nigeria as well Master KG from South Africa.
As usual, in every chance of my inquisition or pursuit of knowledge, before trying to understand other people, I try as much as possible to understand myself first.
Adam Smaruj (27) says he does parkour for mental, physical and personal growth. Parkour means the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping and climbing. In a nutshell, Smaruj is jumping on things like buildings and concretes.
The NWR Waterberg Resort was a beehive of activities over the past weekend, hosting a group of journalists to a fun-filled day.
Namibian perfect trio, Jay Aeron, Rumano Fabrish and Reinhard Mahalie, who have conquered the fashion world with their scintillating designs and seemingly unbreakable chemistry are still going strong despite fall out rumours feeding the rumour mill late last year.
WINDHOEK – Looking at a country such as South Africa, music is one of the prominent careers with upcoming artists growing rapidly, but it is quite the opposite in Namibia.
WINDHOEK – Namibian artists have complained and continue to complain about the unfair treatment from event organisers in terms of payment. Some worries and deception are that event organiser tend to pay more for international acts than the local ones.
WINDHOEK – The co-founder of the Sessions Market, Natache Iilonga, says she and her team are busy gearing up and organising a market where young people can showcase their products and services in Ongwediva Mayor’s Park opposite the town council on 1 February 2020.
WINDHOEK— Namibian artist and entrepreneur Pinehas Shikulo known by his stage name, Zulu Boy initiated a skill and development fund project aimed at teaching and producing arts in communities to help people make a living out of it.
WINDHOEK – The top trending clip on our radar is by Elia Nghinamhito, a 24-year-old automobilist who regularly chauffeurs between Windhoek, Okahandja and Otjiwarongo. In the clip, Nghinamhito is advising people on the importance of saving money.
WINDHOEK – The City of Windhoek (CoW), through its marketing and events sections and in conjunction with various stakeholders, has revealed to Entertainment Now! that it spends approximately N$300 000 to host the New Year bash, but that wasn’t the case last year due to budgetary constraints.
WINDHOEK – The recently held Back to School bash at the Khomasdal Community Hall last Saturday raked in N$17 500.50. The bash was packed with music enthusiasts as they watched their favourite artists performing tirelessly – all in the name of giving back to the community.
Rundu - The Zambezi Annual Musical Awards (ZAMAs) took place on 28 December 2019 at UNAM hall. Despite a few challenges, the organising committee faced leading up to the event, they feel that this year the ceremony will be much improved in terms of quality and prize monies.
WINDHOEK - As part of the continent wide initiative by the Luxor African Film Festival and Misr Films, Independence Avenue Films is commemorating and engraving the name of pioneer African filmmaker Youssef Chahine in the collective memory of our people.
Last year, over the holiday, I had the honour of playlisting music at a friend’s wedding. At the wedding, a kwaito artist walked up to me and said: “Why aren’t you spinning my songs, bruh?”. Those were literally his first words: no greeting; no introductions, whatsoever. We’ve never even met in person.
WINDHOEK - A themed interactive pop-up event, Instafamous (Instagram famous) pop-up event and award ceremony, aimed to bring out the inner star in everyone striking a pose through immersive Instagram art, will be hosted this year.
WINDHOEK - Unlike some African countries such as Kenya that celebrates the rights of LGBTQI+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex), Namibian award winning make-up artist, fashion stylist and an androgynous model Jay Aeron says Namibians are still stuck in old stereotypes of queer, a perception which should come to an end.
WINDHOEK - The Warehouse Theatre, which closed its doors for business last year after having been in the art and entertainment industry for three decades, is currently undergoing changes and transformation under new management and will be opening soon – with no specific date mentioned.
WINDHOEK - Our top trending clip for this week is of Irivari from Oshivelo – a joyful and free-spirited young Namibian.
WINDHOEK – The recently hosted Desert Festival, held at the coastal town of Walvis Bay, was a huge disappointment to local music enthusiasts and left a bitter taste in a lot of performers’ mouths, as their dues were not paid for their services rendered.
I never believed in the notion that artists make music for the NAMA’s. It’s always been my steadfast believe that artists release based on many factors BUT the NAMA’s. MTC’s announcement that 2020 will be their final year with the awards smashed my assertions.
WINDHOEK- Our top trending is an audio clip tune which was assembled from a speech done by Ohangwena Regional Governor Usko Nghaamwa a while back. The song came just in time as Namibians haven’t decided on their December jiving/dancing track.
WINDHOEK – One of the most popular hotels in Windhoek, Avani Hotel and Casino, recently collaborated with KWV to launch one of South Africa’s celebrated sparkling wines, KWV Annabelle Cuvée Rosé KWV Annabelle Cuvée Rosé is a sweet sparkling wine produced in South Africa by the leading South African wine and spirits producer, KWV.
The photo exhibition, showing at the Brunei Gallery in London, highlights artists from Namibia’s underground scene between 1950-1980, a time of immense musical suppression prior to its independence.
WINDHOEK- Our Top Trending clip this week is from the ruthless and no-nonsense taker, American Judge Judy Sheindlin, an American retired family court judge who arbitrates reality cases on television.
WINDHOEK - Giza and Crokky, who go by the name of Triple X, raise awareness against tribalism in their newly released album, ‘Tribalism’ .
WINDHOEK – South African award-winning DJ, record producer, kwaito artist and a founder of a record label Afrotainment was announced by the organising committee of the Desert Festival to be one of the headlining acts to perform at the seven-day festival in the coastal area this December.
WINDHOEK- Our clip of the week happened in an unexpected turn of event in Zurich, Switzerland when Nigerian afro-fusion artist Burna Boy traded his Nigerian flag for a Namibian one.
WINDHOEK- A representative serving on the committee of the My Namibia Song competition, Frans Nghitila revealed to Entertainment Now! that the understanding on the announcement of the My Namibia song will be done before the end of the current government.
WINDHOEK-D-Naff, real name Naftalie Shigwedha Amukwelele, on Monday blasted a fraudster on social media for swindling money from the public purporting they would join his (D-Naff) music stable and also help the so-called boxer with his expenses for a fight in the UK.
This year’s fashion week reportedly saw 35 designers showcase their work. Five from the College of the arts, two students from the University of Johannesburg, ten beginners, ten emerging designers and eight established designers.
WINDHOEK-Talented Afro-pop and rap musician Lasarus Mvula, also known as Lasarus, has teamed up with female sensational singer, Miss Rose, on an album titled ‘One and Only’, which was released recently.
WINDHOEK- Locally produced feature film ‘The White Line’ took awards at Seventh African Emerging Filmmakers Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Cinematography.
WINDHOEK- A favourite to many, young and old, Oshikandela, a product of Namibia Dairies is on a quest of promoting local creatives by partnering with local designers to produce four works of art using the new Oshikandela image as a reference through a competition themed ‘Hip with Heritage’.
WINDHOEK - After having officially reunited and revamped, Matongo Family, which comprises of Themba Matongo (Thembizo), Strauss Lunyangwe (Mr Makoya) and Arthur Nanub (Damara Dik Ding) have decided to tell their stories differently.
WINDHOEK- Our top trending clip is from South Africa’s actress and television host Kanyisile Mbau who last week uploaded a tweet dragging iPhone users for stealing cables. “I am concerned about the way USB cords that charge iPhone devices go missing
WINDHOEK- A new local web series titled ‘Untitled’, which follows the lives of seven different artists in Windhoek, aims to show how artists are people and how they struggle, especially in their line of work and finding their place in the industry.
WINDHOEK- The Windhoek Fashion Week (WFW) 2019 dénouement off in style at Dinapama Manufacturing and Supplies Factory with an impeccable collection. The event saw the launch of the ‘Helao’ collection, which featured amazing pieces with prominent Odelela material dominating by Deon Angelo.
You know when one finds themselves looking at their life, they tend to have two sights: forward and backwards. We spend the majority of our time focused on the future: always planning and anxious about where we are going and trying to ensure that we are doing the groundwork to get to where we are going. We spend so much time immersed in the 'what ifs' and little time in the now. We spend equally as much time studying our past and trying to piece together the areas we could have done better, the things we have experienced and the things we wish had been different. There is a very powerful scripture I live by that reads:
WINDHOEK- MultiChoice Africa announced last week that the highly acclaimed documentary, Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa aired yesterday on DStv’s channel 409. It especially fills MultiChoice with pride, as it is a local Namibian production made by Namibians, telling a story that will resonate with viewers across Africa.
WINDHOEK - Anna Vambe from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has advised artists they are not charity cases, and must run their businesses and make money.
WINDHOEK- A group of youth who are into drama plays called Kufamosha drama group is appealing to fellow local film companies to assist them with filming equipment to record part four of their series called ‘Fiyo naini Namibia letu lili ngaha’ (till when is Namibia like this).
WINDHOEK- Our top trending clip is courtesy of Namibia’s Hot Tea on YouTube about Exit showing his new car and chilling with Young T. The clip was uploaded on November, 2nd this year and has garnered close to 10 000 views so far.
WINDHOEK - Ann Singer finally released her second sophomore 12-tracked album titled ‘Sanity’. She started recording the album late last year, which took her several months of many sleepless nights in the studio.
WINDHOEK- The Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (NASCAM) Chief Executive Officer Eino-John Max, was recently appointed to be Chairperson of the Confederation of International Society of Composers and Authors (CISAC) Africa Committee on a three-year term.
WINDHOEK – As part of her responsibilities as a beauty queen, Miss Teen Namibia 2019, Schwané Blignaut will be launching a campaign titled ‘Beauty has a story’ to create awareness against social bullies among school children.
WINDHOEK- The sad news broke by MTC’s Chief of Human Capital and Corporate Affairs, Tim Ekandjo stating that after almost 10 years of closely awarding deserving local artists for their craft and contribution they have done in the music industry, it would regrettably bring this project to a close.
WINDHOEK- Nathan Green is a professional photographer who does portraits on lifestyles, intending to tell African stories through his lenses. Recently, Green and his team launched his project called Street Exhibition in Otjiwarongo.
For so many years many people have heard about a protection order that has been put in place to assist those people who want to escape their abusers. Many survivors do not understand how the process of applying for a protection order works. They move quickly to apply for a protection order only to withdraw it within a short period.
I think one of the most overrated phrases in the entertainment industry is “all the way from South Africa”. We are slaves of South Africa. South Africa own our souls. We are that side chick that believes that love is about suffering. So much so that whenever we see or hear the phrase “all the way from South Africa” we jump without asking how high.
WINDHOEK- Our top trending clip this week is about entrepreneur and actress Dillish Mathews’ Instagram story that she uploaded this last week about women giving attitude to their men. While eating cake, she demonstrates how other women eat men whose women are arrogant.
WINDHOEK – They say ‘gold medals are not made of gold, they are made of sweat, determination and a hard-to-find alloy called guts’ and this defines eight-year-old Kari Rabie, who won a gold medal last week in the Rumba in the Jungle competition in South Africa.
WINDHOEK-Mental illness has a long history of being stigmatized in societies around the globe.
Its election time and everyone is in the mood to have their voices heard including entertainers. I for one think that entertainers need to lead these conversations. I think it’s refreshing to see your favourite entertainer champion an ideology or some sort of cause.
WINDHOEK- The top trending clip for this week is of a Namibian Police Officer receiving a bride from an alleged truck driver believed to have been transporting tourists through Namibia.
Award-winning gospel vocalist, Maranatha Goroh, popularly known as Maranatha, spoke about her thrilling journey with a new album, Maranatha Music Ministries (M3) brand, new singles and her album release party.
WINDHOEK – Namibian upcoming artist, Makilla, who was signed under the UGU records owned by Singer and award-winning artist, Young T, says he has parted ways with the record label to join a group of five various artists, ‘Young Kasi’ label.
WINDHOEK- The European Union and its member states will be hosting the European Film Festival in Namibia this year with emphasis on promoting cultural diversity within the film industry.
WINDHOEK - To all Luis Munana and Maria Nepembe’s fans, the wait is over as the duo brought you their exclusive websites where everything you might need to know about them will just be a google click The duo
WINDHOEK – Namibian entertainment journalist, Michael Kayunde, will go on an information tour to Germany themed “Jazz from Germany”, which will see him attend the 50th German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt next week.