SWAKOPMUND - Every tourist’s dream when visiting Namibia is to get the chance to hear the beat of African drums, while getting caught up in the rhythm of a spellbinding live performance of traditional sounds.
SWAKOPMUND - Every tourist’s dream when visiting Namibia is to get the chance to hear the beat of African drums, while getting caught up in the rhythm of a spellbinding live performance of traditional sounds.
There’s an ill-conceived notion that artists are to stay away from politics and focus on their art. I’m terming it an ill-conceived notion because that’s just me being nice. If I were to be the NSK that you know, I’d term it b******t!
WINDHOEK - Are you having an event that requires flowers? Is there ever an event where flowers are not needed? Anna Mushimba has opened By Invite, a baby company that has been in the flower-making industry for over two years. It is a paper flower-making business.
WINDHOEK - Former Big Brother Housemate and frontman for the Elvis se Seun band has traded the demanding roles of the entertainment industry for a much more subtle position at Theo’s SuperSpar in Otjiwarongo, as a Marketing Specialist.
WINDHOEK- Local Disc Jockey, DJ Cappucino, last week expanded her wings when she officially signed with Nigerian Flyboy Entertainment owned by recording artist, performer and entertainer Kizz Daniel.
WINDHOEK - After creating a platform for rappers to showcase their lyrical skills at a well-organised event, the organisers of Rap Battle Namibia decided to pull the plug and postpone the event to later this year because of poor response from the artists/contenders.
WINDHOEK- Clad in a cyan dress, makeup on fleek, with a shopping bag from Aldo, she waltzes in the lounge of a local hotel where the interview is agreed to take place.
RUNDU - The Ngandu Music and Arts Festival, scheduled to take place next weekend at the river town of Rundu, is the first of its kind and will provide a platform for business owners and artists to promote their products, services and talents.
WINDHOEK - Rising female star Monica Pinias, aka Top Cheri, delivered another spectacular performance during the glittery children literature awards and book launch, hosted by ‘I am the Key Media’ at the National Independence Memorial Museum on Saturday.
WINDHOEK- At the age of 21 fashion designer, Nicole Schmidt became a mother and had to put her studies in fashion design on hold to focus on motherhood.
WINDHOEK- One of the biggest orchestra performances in the local entertainment calendar will take place this weekend when the College of the Arts (COTA) presents its ninth Bank Windhoek Baroque Concerto Festival at the Windhoek Dutch Reformed Church.
WINDHOEK - The recent launch of “Rockstar”, Namibia an affiliate of the internationally acclaimed Rockstar Group, introduces a new era of world-class strategic production and brand activation in Namibia.
WINDHOEK - Professional Namibian belly dancer Sascha Olivier-Sampson, who won bronze and gold in the 2018 Los Angeles World Championships of Performing Arts, is proving once again that her “hips don’t lie”, with another sparkling programme lined up for this year.
WINDHOEK – The U.S. Embassy in Windhoek is inviting the public to celebrate the American culture of jazz music with live performances by “The Myrna Clayton Experience” who will also be joined by Namibian jazz and saxophonist sensation, Suzy Eises tonight.
WINDHOEK - Pastor Haruna Goroh and his wife, Titilayo Goroh, of the Jesus Centre church donated a car to local hip-hop star Jericho (real name Jericho Gawanab) at their congregation situated in Windhoek’s Okuryangava location, last week.
WINDHOEK - Local artists Adora Kisting and Tulinane Amushila, aka Tulisan, through their manager AB Amushila, the executive officer of Phoenix Media Group Namibia, have decided to give copies of their CDs to the street vendors to sell on their behalf.
A factor that helps me with my decision-making process on whether I am going to eat at your joint or not is the images used to brand your food in and around your restaurant. Sounds ridiculously frivolous but that’s my determining factor. I hate it when restaurants and take away joints use images from the internet for their store branding. It’s a huge turn off.
WINDHOEK - The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Cluster in Namibia will launch the second edition of the EUNIC Music festival today at the Warehouse Theatre.
SWAKOPMUND - Professional artist, Kabelo Modise, is hot off a solo Independence Celebration exhibition held at farm Shalom in the Swakop River Valley, where he displayed over 30 pieces of his intricate linocut works - a distinctive style which earned him acclaim as one of Namibia’s most influential and talented artists
WINDHOEK - With music being universal, one would expect women to be in the industry not only as singers but also as producers. Getting hold of them is difficult because it is either they are upcoming like Afroberries’ DJ Alba or they not based in the country like Gina Jeanz.
WINDHOEK – The much-debated two-part documentary titled Leaving Neverland is a global hot topic at the moment, and DStv customers across Africa had a taste of the documentary over the weekend. The documentary is said to have taken the world by storm.
WINDHOEK-One of Namibia’s most talented and successful film producer, currently based in South Africa, Abraham Pieters, well-known as AB, says he is not ashamed to let the whole world know about his struggle with mental health, especially in the cut-throat entertainment Industry.
WINDHOEK-The Brass Instrument Training Institute (BITI), is gearing up for its ninth trumpet festival and instrument workshop this June.
There is this new buzz around Namibian entertainment in Southern Africa. There will always be long debates as to what caused this buzz. As a credible commentator on entertainment in the country, take it from me, Namibian artists need to take credit for this one.
WINDHOEK-The newly initiated Windhoek Annual Cultural Festival (WACF) is calling for interested exhibitors to apply for stalls, and artists who are interested to perform during the festival to apply.
WINDHOEK-MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), has launched its portal on www.multichoicetalentfactory.com
WINDHOEK- Live performer, Dollar Yves Idinu, or just Dollar, a Namibian-based Congolese musician, has announced his massive comeback with great hit songs featuring three top South African (SA) singers.
Hard at work to find a niche for themselves into the local market, talented and sensational music duo, Sadrax Ndjubila popularly known as Saddy, and Remember Nashiwaya aka Bliss annouced this week that they are releasing a collaborative album mid this month.
WINDHOEK- South African comedian Trevor Noah became a topic of discussion because of his presumed insensitive joke about the Indian-Pakistani war, which he said would be entertaining, adding “it would also be the longest war of all time - another dance number”.
Skelly Muuondjo-Fraser can be remembered from her hay days of the Oviritje group called Tjitjekura Tjeriama.
Who knew that we celebrated the humble Milk Tart - with ‘National Milk Tart Day’ set aside each year on February 27, giving credence to one of the most popular desserts on the planet?
WINDHOEK-Zebras, cheetahs, hippos and more all starred in a film that took home the top prize in the second Annual AirVūz Drone Video Awards.
WINDHOEK-Female vocalist, Maria Immanuel popularly known as ML, who has been making waves over the past years in the music industry, reveals this week that she is releasing an Independence Day album to drop on the Independence Day, March 21.
WINDHOEK – Just as the music industry was coming to terms with the shocking passing on of Zimbabwe’s internationally acclaimed multi-talented folk singer/guitarist, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi – another iconic muso is no more.
LÜDERITZ- The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Snobia Kaputu, is confident Namibian visual artists if provided with conducive platforms to create and showcase their art, can become progressive artists and great art entrepreneurs.
Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, florists, gift shops and restaurants around the country have once again cashed in on this romantic celebration held each year on February 14, playing their part to fuel Cupid’s arrow all in the name of love.
If wearing African print is your thing, then the vibrant fashionable dresses, variety of handbag options and stunning beaded accessories designed by Chic D’ Afrique, should easily find their way into any woman’s closet.
The soft drone of the powerful Catamaran’s twin engines surging through the ocean, was muffled by the cry of Seagulls and splashing of little waves as they hit the side of the luxury yacht on a clear summer’s day.
WINDHOEK-Have you ever been at an event and immediately get carried into another dimension, to a totally different world? That’s the vibe one could feel at the tribute concert for late Zimbabwean but international artist, Oliver Mtukudzi, famously known as ‘’Tuku’’ last Friday at the Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek.
Namibian moviemakers are getting better as far as creating movies is concerned. Treat your Valentine to a trailer of a locally produced movie titled Hairareb along the highly anticipated Will Packer’s produced What Men Want at Ster Kinekor at the Grove Mall tonight.
WINDHOEK - Sparkle Babes are hosting a Valentine’s Dance this Thursday at the Khomasdal Community Hall.
WINDHOEK-Marking four years next week, the Love Yourself Campaign (LYC) promises a powerful and amazing year for plus size beauties rocking Namibia with their beautiful bodies.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the temptation to spoil that someone special in your life is top of the list right now, with not everyone wanting to splurge on the usual bunch of flowers.
I love how corporates who move into new office spaces still leave signage at the old offices for months informing clients that they moved to a new place. Its common sense isn’t it? It does not even cost you an arm and a leg.
WINDHOEK- It is obvious that the late South African township music disco king, Dan Tshanda, has secured quite a following in Namibia. This was quite clear when a small but significant crowd of his fans gathered to pay tribute to him at the Tura Zone Car Wash in Katutura on Friday.
It is no secret that Namibia has produced some of the world’s best sportsmen, beauty queens, artists and musicians - one of them undeniably bluesman ‘Riaan Smit’ who has recently settled in the Cayman Islands, playing on international stages and doing what he does best - entertaining.
WINDHOEK - In association with Concerts South Africa (SA), indie-folk singer and songwriter, Shotgun Tori, makes a comeback this year in the Land of the Brave with her tour, Where We Left It Off.
WINDHOEK-Remembering the legacy of the late South African musician, Dan Tshanda, who passed away on January 5 to heart failure, Okakarara residents are having a Farwell Bash for the late Disco music legend, at Tate Sammy’s Beer House No. 2 today.
WINDHOEK - It’s game on with a special sports movie channel in February and March. In 2018, DStv channel 109 became the home of several not-to-be-missed curated television events, including some sizzling themed movie pop-up channels.
Windhoek- Applications for Kasi Vibe Volume 5 are now open. The deadline for applications is January 15. Potential exhibitors can apply via the website - www.kasivibenamibia.com. The event will to take place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on March 1-3 this year.
Windhoek - Four-year-old Namibian child model and kid actress Rose Bimpe says while 2018 has been a challenging year as she struggled to book good gigs or appear in international movies as she planned, she said she is grateful that she used the year consistently contacting film producers and children production houses in South Africa, London, Ghana, Nigeria and the United States (US).
WINDHOEK-Beauty queen, youth activist and marketing student Christiana Gure has been selected to represent the Land of the Brave at the 45th edition of the Miss Intercontinental pageant taking place in Manila, Philippines this month.
WINDHOEK - The rising young rap star Victor Moses popularly known, as Vikta Juiceboy is not new to the music industry. Many have known him for featuring alongside big artists in the country such as Exit, Sunny Boy, Neslow and ML.
WINDHOEK-Talented Hip-hop and Kwaito (Hikwa) artist Sunday Shipushu, aka Sunny Boy, says he has plans to be a professional actor in the near future, and wants to register for acting classes through the College of the Arts (COTA).
The Minister of Sport (s) Hon Erastus Uutoni has rightly called some of the national sports bodies to order. Notably the NFA and NRU – our intelligent readers know these acronyms by now and for this sake, let’s stick to the NRU and their uphill battle.
If your friend is an entertainer, I need you to understand a few things. First things first, festive season is peak season for your entertainer friend. You need to understand that an entertainer’s working hours and demands are largely different from the ordinary hibba.
Renowned television radio personality, Ilke Platt, has more than 15 years of experience in the corporate media industry. Platt has established her very own PR company, Poiyah Media, that striving to not only boost image/brand, but most importantly reputation of entrepreneurs on a professional level.
The second season of the Voice of Namibia singing competition is in full swing, with a selection of 25 finalists competing for the grand 2019 title ‘showdown’.
Moses Shivakola-Mberira, founding member and regional film development executive of the Filmmakers Association of Namibia (FAM), will participate in an information tour to Germany within the framework of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.
SWAKOPMUND -Visiting the coast does not only mean partying up a storm or visiting the beach as the whole coastal offers other forms of fun that is educative and thrilling recreational activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
SWAKOPMUND - Walvis Bay and Henties Bay offer unique recreational activities and can be a good escape especially judging by the fact that Swakopmund will once again be fully packed this festive season.
LÜDERITZ - Different BnBs, restaurants and hotels here are ready up for the festive season with decanted menus reminding residents and visitors alike of the beauty of the town’s deliciously well-prepared meals. Hear it from the horses’ mouths – as some restaurant and hotel owners share what they are offering this festive season.
Singing and dancing has always been part of the Ovahimba way of life, and more so now that they are putting their unique culture on show in Swakopmund, where in their own lifestyle ‘village’, they regularly perform to tourists and locals as a means of make a living.
Namibian entertainers are starting to consider public relations a serious exercise. As an industry insider, I can only be happy about the latest trend of media launches and listening parties. Though still not sure whether it is artists themselves who initiate this or their management teams. But regardless it’s great for the development of the industry.
The annual Miss Okalongo and Trade Expo scheduled for December 20 – 22 promises bigger and exciting things this year. The event, now its sixth edition, is purely aimed at growing the town and attracting potential business investments to the town of Okalongo, situated in Oshikuku Constituency in the Omusati Region.
WINDHOEK – Miss Namibia, Selma Kamanya (22) last Thursday landed in Bangkok, Thailand, where contestants are getting to know each other during the first week of arrival ahead of the Miss Universe beauty pageant scheduled for December 16. Upon her departure, Kamanya in her briefing revealed her national costume of Miss Universe 2018, depicting an inspiration of building a diamond generation.
To produce better content and attract customers, the chief executive officer (CEO) of MultiChoice Africa Group, Calvo Mawela, says they will continue to improve their services for the better, and this time they want to focus more on African content and invest in their online offering.
Music is beautiful and it is no different with house. Regardless of how beautiful the house genre is, I still cannot listen to it all night in the club or at an event. In fact, I cannot listen to a singular genre all night. I am a Namibian. This means I am a multi-cultured entertainer and follower of music. However, that is not the point that I am trying to bring across today. I actually want to commend the music that is coming out of Namibian studios in terms of house.
Eleven Damara Punch artists including Damara Punch music princess Ousie Bulan, Audrey, Lazzlam, Lanny Boy, Imelda, !Garibasen,Imelda, Eddies and Namibian Music Awards winner (Nama) Damara Dik Ding (Damalokieboy) are amongst artists to perform at the Immanuel Ruiters Hall in Walvis Bay tonight during J-Tears, /Uniga //Oas (Last Kiss) first album launch.
They are working women and young mothers on a busy schedule, who have empowered themselves through a liberating fashion design course, learning how to make their own clothes, glam up their wardrobe, and even earn some extra money.
WINDHOEK – Preparations for the popular and highly anticipated Miss High School North are in full gear. The grand finale of the beauty pageant has been scheduled for December 19 at Ekamuti Lodge in Ondangwa. Now in its sixth edition, the pageant this year is hosted under the theme, Self-love is a result of self-acceptance. Ten finalists from
WINDHOEK – 061Music group has released its long-awaited album titled ‘Nothing but Beautiful Music’, which the group described as a collection of vibrant music.
I don’t understand why we do not have a big graveyard shift culture in Namibia. Graveyard shift is the general term coined for any time slot after midnight and before 6am on radio. Correct me if I am wrong but no one is currently on the graveyard shift in Namibia. You’re welcome to tweet your correction to me.
Combining beauty with the love for endangered wildlife is all in a day’s work for the radiant Miss Namibia Selma Kamanya, who was recently invited by VARTA Namibia to visit the Rare & Endangered Species Trust (REST) - a sanctuary just outside of Outjo.
Last week I gave credit to radio in Namibia for bringing sustainable initiatives to the listener. It’s almost festive season and I think I should continue with the good vibes. This week I almost felt compelled to highlight an incredibly key stakeholder to the entertainment industry…advertising agencies!
Salute be to all radio stations that have genuine sustainable initiatives aimed at having a positively impact on their listeners. I have been listening to radio with a keen interest for the last three months and all I see is a Namibian radio trying to better the life of the ordinary Namibian.
Gospel music lovers who filled the Hosiana Parish church to capacity last Saturday during the grand finale of the Old Mutual National Gospel Choir Festival were not disappointed with the various choirs delivering their best, and thereby the audience that seemed obvious be starving of spiritual music.
WINDHOEK - As the countdown start towards the beginning of the popular Oktoberfest, October 26 and 27, one of the highlights of the entertainment menu is the original Oktoberfest band, the Kirchdorfer, all the way from Munich, Germany as the official band at the event.
It takes a lot of dedication to keep the inspiration juices flowing over a span of nearly a decade, which for a small group of part time Swakopmund artists has worked perfectly well since they opened their well supported Meerkat Art Gallery in town.
Namibian thespian veteran David Ndjavera, is the mastermind director behind the production, Three Women and You, tackling the transgressions perpetrated against women from inception and continues to haunt them on a daily bases.
Isn’t it amazing how the wheels have turned on the old guard in the entertainment industry? Take nothing away from the OGs; they have our childhood memories embedded. We will forever be grateful for the beautiful times where we use to beg them for autographs and hang onto their every word.
Hip-Hop song writer and singer, DeeJay, is ready to release his much awaited Champion album end of next month. DeeJay, who has been in the music business for over a decay, couldn’t hide his excitement revealing the news saying the 13 Track album is already complete and ready for music outlets’ shelves by November 30th. Champion album will be his first music project under his new label, Deal Done Records (DDR), owned by Djokic Dragan, popularly known as Antonio, of Antonio’s Art who is also responsible for his management and sponsorship agreements.
With the festive season countdown almost upon us, market goers are being spoilt for choice as rows of stalls offering hand-made items and unique crafted goods makes early Xmas shopping for the perfect gift, a breeze.
Modest Ipangelwa marks his debut in the publishing scene with the release of, The Contradictions of Antiquity (published by Partridge India), a literary embodiment of life expressed in different ways that hopes to awaken the reader’s imagination.
I am not comfortable with established artists doing covers or skits on international songs. It just does not make any sense. I have seen repeatedly how some Namibian artists upload covers of international songs to their channels on YouTube. As if, you are crying out to be discovered. When and if you are discovered, let it be for your original songs. Not because of some cover you did.
Although breaking into the fashion industry is extremely difficult, especially for young and inexperienced designers, the 22-year-old self-taught designer and fashionista, Selma Shapwa, known as Kaselly, is ready and eager to tackle the industry with her new collections.
They say October is the most beautiful month, “Oktober maand die mooi mooiste maand” as the saying in Afrikaans goes. However, spring is not the only thing heralded by the month of October. You may not know, but in Windhoek in the month of October, 20 years ago, Roof of Africa Hotel came into being. Thus, the scene for its 20th anniversary is set, where it will be celebrated in style at its premises in Nelson Mandela Drive in Klein Windhoek.
Local singer and producer who described himself as a Jack of all trades for his multiple talents, Chubby Beats, is going solo, leaving behind his former band known as, Magogoz. He has been with the band for more than ten years.
What comes to mind when I say “Heroes/Heroines Day”? Leader’s right? Leaders who fought tirelessly for the land of the brave right?
WINDHOEK – Namibian jazz lovers are in for a nostalgic musical treat when local jazz sensation and saxophonist, Suzy Eises, pays homage to late South African jazz legend and human rights activist Hugh Masekela, at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) this Saturday.
I’ve written about this before but it seems my pleas are being flatly ignored. Etiquette needs to be followed with theatre. It’s really just common sense. As a functioning adult there are some stuff that one should just know are wrong like answering a call in the middle of a theatre production. Which in case you still don’t see why that would be a problem, causes distraction on all ends.
Having just been nominated as Favorite Female Model of the Year in the Simply You Magazine (SYM) Lifestyle and Fashion Awards, local fashion model, Princess Verukiruaije Tjozongoro, says she is now ready, steady and ready to face all challenges in the modeling industry.
The OSHANA SPCA which started operating in October last year, is putting the fun in fundraising and held their first dog show on Saturday, which saw proud owners and their pooches strutting their stuff in front of a panel of judges.
The COSDEF Arts & Craft Centre in Swakopmund has received a colourful new facade, thanks to art students who painted the 72-metre long external wall in decorative eye-catching patterns last week.
WINDHOEK - African Vocals, an Acappella band from Mondesa, Swakopmund, will be fundraising in the Namib Primary School hall in Swakopmund, on September, supported by Elemotho. Funds shall be raised for the third Germany tour the group is planning for May 2019, after tours to Germany in 2014 and 2017. Tickets are for N$80 and will be available from August 6. Contact 0814217546 for tickets.
This Shoprite saga got me thinking. How do South African multinational brands impact the Namibian arts and entertainment sector, if at all? If there’s an impact…is it positive or negative? Could we expand our probe from just the arts and entertainment sector to the overall Namibian way of life?
Local film, Oom Land, directed by local director and scriptwriter, Tim Huebschle has been nominated for ‘Don’t Stop Wondering’ award at the upcoming seventh Jozi Film Festival after reaching the ten finalists among all entries received from across Africa.
The voice is one of the first sounds a baby hears when it comes into the world. The voice is also the most powerful tool a radio presenter can possibly possess - as an ability to carry meaning, message and magic, to a mass listening audience.
WINDHOEK - Maltas Club Namibia recently took their annual experiential learning trip to Cape Town and Stellenbosch in South Africa.
WINDHOEK- The Mariental Public Library has embarked on a new programme titled Life after Grade 12. The idea initiated last year by Letta Shivute, the librarian, is to inform and advice learners about different study fields, and different jobs in the market. Shivute came up with this initiative when she noticed that learners who came to do online applications to different universities last year, were just applying for almost the same study fields, revealing a lack of information on different career choices. Shivute thus thought it fit to expose the learners to different career choices.
WINDHOEK - Life tells the best stories - and the stories author Hanna Schott told her young audience of Grades 1-4 learners at the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) in Windhoek recently were indeed as colourful and varied as life itself.
Beatrix Vivian Jahanika Ujamba, 26, lives and works at the Young Africa Skills Centre in Walvis Bay but grew up in Otjiwarongo where she attended and matriculated from Paresis Secondary School.
Life Skills is one of the most underrated, disregarded and un-valued subjects at school.
WINDHOEK - The Hardap community libraries has initiated reading outreach activities with children from crèche in the Hardap Region.
This year’s Copper Festival to focus on tourism and investment