• December 12th, 2018
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Industry Loop: Dummy guide to a media launch!

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. 

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Miss Okalongo goes big

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.  

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Selma Kamanya heads for Miss Universe

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.

Industry Loop: House in Namibia!

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. 

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J-Tears launches album at full house Damara Punch bash

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. 

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Time for Miss High School North

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

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Industry Loop: The want syndrome!

Namibian musicians need to understand that radio presenters and journalists have bosses they report to. Every media house has procedures that are designed to measure and monitor work done by radio presenters and journalists.

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Eish! what a December?

Stamping her mark on the local disc-jockey industry, Rosalia David, aka Dj Roxy, and one of the best female Djs in the country, is teaming up with various local artists to release a smash hit for December. 

Industry Loop: Graveyard shifts!

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. 

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Dense’s first album out

Upcoming gifted kwaito artist, Dense Mashaba, has released his first ever debut album titled Oshikulumbwati, translating into Boldness, which speaks of his life’s struggles and challenges to become what he is today. 

Industry Loop: Advertising agencies!

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! 

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Local musos jazzed it up

Performing his much celebrate rumba-feel song, Butterflies, with his band, Elemotho brought a message of healing and growth, dedicated to those suffering in one way or the other so that through the song they can heal and move on. 

Industry Loop: Kudos Radio Namibia!

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.

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Local acts out to jazz

A Jazzy mood is all over the capital in anticipation of one of the Mecca musical events of the year in Namibia, the Windhoek Jazz Festival tomorrow at the Independence Stadium in Olympia.

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Drumming the beat alive

There are few musicians around, who can boast an active music career spanning well over four decades while playing in more bands than one can dream off - and drummer Hartmut Wenk is one of them. 

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Time to tango with Jossie

It is only a matter of hours to tango with part time musician, Jossie Kauandenge, who is marking his 44th birthday anniversary with music bash at the Khomasdal Stadium tomorrow. 

Kirchdorfer once again to rock Oktoberfest

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.

Industry Loop: The game is changing!

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. 

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DeeJay set to drop “Champion” album

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. 

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Ann back with new single

Live performer and award-winning songstress, Ann Singer has released her new hit single titled Mom’tima Wange (In my Heart), ahead of her much anticipated second album to be released next month.  

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Spotting that “mad” hat

Expecting the unexpected is always guaranteed at the Village Cafe in Swakopmund, whose regular fun-filled celebrations every month becomes the talk of the town, as staff members dress up in themes beyond any wildest imagination. 

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A Lexus for a “boss” diva

The vivacious singer, Sally Boss Madam, the Annual Namibian Music Awards (NAMAs) Best Female Artist of the Year, has elevated her “diva” status to another level, after being exclusively chauffeured around to her gigs in a luxury Lexus.

Industry Loop: No to  COVERS! 

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.

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Kaselly Designs ready for local fashion world

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. 

Roof of Africa to launch its craft beers

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. 

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Lize Ehlers wins big at SYM Awards

WINDHOEK - To be recognised for outstanding achievement is one of the peak of any personality’s inspiration, and the second edition of the Simply You Magazine (SYM) held over the weekend saw up to 18 people walking away with big prizes. 

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Capital sees music extravaganza

An entertainment spectacular awaits city dwellers tomorrow at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) when local artists take to the stage in a live performance during the City Dance Music Show. The event is initiated by the Laik

Homage for late Bra Hugh

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.

Industry Loop: Respect theatre!

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.

African Vocals supported by Elemotho to fundraise

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.

Mariental library embarks on career guidance programme

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.

Author reads DHPS learners true stories

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.

NUST Students to showcase talents

WINDHOEK - The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) on Monday launched its third fashion show that again see student designers showcasing their best garments and other accessories under the theme, Futuristic Afro.