• April 3rd, 2020

Entertainment

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unWrap - Gazza the modern-day Moses

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. 

Industry Loop - Let’s GMTM 

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.

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The downside of self-love 

In the world where everyone is told to love and focus on themselves, empathy seems to have become a thing of the past. This is nothing but an illustration of how the 21st century has diverted the focus from the community to the individual.

The third wave of feminism

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.

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The role of brand ambassadors

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.

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unWrap - Seeing Namibia through enthralling ‘Unique Namibia’

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.

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This one is for you

This one is for you the one who made the thirtieth 21st possible the one for whom no songs are written the one for whom many songs have been sungIt’s been 30 years but please accept my omapandulo

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Industry Loop - On the real though... 

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. 

Feminism Part 2

Last week’s section introduced the four waves of feminism. Today’s section will entirely focus on the first wave of feminism, how beneficial it has been, and how we are benefitting from it now. 

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Sean Naude vs Southern African Python

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!

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Anxiety: our common denominator

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.

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unWrap - Kaboy Kamakili to drop visuals and a second album

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. 

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unWrap - Former Miss Namibia winners....where are they now?

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.

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30 years of music

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.

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Industry Loop -  Seriously? 

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

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. 

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Ila tulye's Kitchen

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.

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Instant Gratification – A Gift or a Curse?

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. 

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Sally on her 10 Years A Boss tour

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’.

Industry Loop - Show choir

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. 

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TOP TRENDING: Webster Snewe driving a wire car

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.

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Adora hosts Die Eintlike Vibe show

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. 

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Interior and dEcor - Bathroom Tips

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.

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‘Poppie Nongena’

‘Poppie Nongena’ tells the story of a South African isiXhosa mother, who has to find means and ways to navigate and find stability for her family, especially at a time when the law saw her as an outsider, in her own country.

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Interior and decor - Kitchen tips

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.

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A Journey into the Unknown – A Maverick’s Way 

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.

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Breaking the cycle of generational pain

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.

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Namibia to Hollywood

Namibia to Hollywood is a programme initiated this year to train and groom Namibian actors, actresses, artists, dancers and models to give them exposure and explore the dynamic art and entertainment industry in Hollywood.

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Fallout over facebook comment

“Valentine’s Day is for Kwanyama people, the Ndongas, Kwambis and Ngandjera can wait for AIDS Day”, these are the words uttered in our top trending clip by a temporary staff member of the Oshakati Pharmacy Group.

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Valentine’s day thoughts

It’s all red and white in all corners of the country as people celebrate the day of love. Entertainment Now! went on the streets of Windhoek to ask people their take on Valentine’s day and this is what some of them had to say.

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Taking up space

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.

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MTC unveils 30th Independence Day concert

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.

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Defying gravity through parkour to cleanse the mind

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.

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Sessions Market to be hosted in Ongwediva

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.

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Top Trending: Start saving now for 2021

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.

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City spends N$300 000 yearly on New Year Bash

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.

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Back to School bash rakes in over N$17 000

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. 

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ZAMAs foster on despite challenges

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.

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Commemorating Youssef Chahine

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.

Industry Loop: Artists need to respect DJs

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. 

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Namibian queer queen breaks the silence against queerphobia

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. 

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The Warehouse Theatre opening soon

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.

The market is changing

Gone are the days when the ordinary Namibian fan was content with your music and nothing else. The ordinary Namibian fan 10 to 15 years ago did not care about your personal life.

Industry Loop:  Choice overload! 

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.

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Avani’s Stratos Rooftop, Cuvée Rosé host ladies’ night

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.

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ZAMA to diversify for 2020

KATIMA MULILO - Since the introduction of the Zambezi Music Awards, to be held on 28 December, the organisers have decided to establish competitions to keep the youth busy and focused on their talents.

Visual Art shines at Creamer’s

WINDHOEK- With the closure of the Warehouse Theatre, The Project Room in Collaboration with Namibian Arts Association hosted visual artists at Creamer’s to promote their work in a street style live exhibition called Art In Action.

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Dj Tira to rock Desert summer Festival 2019

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.

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D-Naff warns public against a fraudster

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.

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Oshikandela promotes local creatives

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’.

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‘Untitled’ celebrates unsung artists

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.

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Windhoek Fashion Week 2019 ends in style

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.

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Social Reflection: Living in the here and the now

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:

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DStv airs local documentary Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa

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. 

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Promoting Namibia through clothing

WINDHOEK- The idea started as an Instagram account where founder and owner, Salomo Festus would feature quality pictures of people that looked good and represented Namibians from various backgrounds through the clothes they wear.

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Kufamosha seeks funding to film 4th series

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). 

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NASCAM CEO to head continental body

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.

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NAMAs: artists have their say

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.

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Cassidy Dabbles in a solo project

WINDHOEK – Twenty-six-year-old Cassidy Karon, better known as the other half of the award-winning music duo Paradox, recently set social media abuzz after he posted a video announcing that he will be releasing a solo album soon.

Don’t second guess abuse, abuse is abuse

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.  

Industry Loop: “Mzansibola”

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.  

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Top trending: how other girls eat your man

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.

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Dancing champ brings a gold medal home

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.

Industry Loop: Entertaining politics Vol 2!

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.

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Politainment in the spotlight

WINDHOEK- David Schultz once wrote that the world of politics, campaigns, and elections is confusing and asked how citizens like you and I make sense out of why candidates do what they do or why some are

Industry Loop: Sound industry...what kind? 

The sound industry is really starting to annoy me of late. If you been attending events in the last 3 months or so you’d notice that there is always a problem with sound. If it’s not power/generator issues, its microphone issues or the actual sound is poor.  

Industry Loop: Infinite disaster!

During my time at the coast last weekend I decided to check out on Saturday one of my favourite spots in the whole wide world, Infinity Lounge. Three words…NEVER EVER AGAIN. Bruh...the regret! Sigh…where do I start? 

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The best in music in the world

WINDHOEK - Brought to you by popular demand after the great success of the most charming beautiful show at the Omaruru Arts Festival of local superstar Esther Fellner and world-class player and concerto conductor

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KFW launches mobile app

WINDHOEK – The upcoming Katutura Fashion Week (KFW) launched a mobile application over the weekend, which gives its supporters and participants easy access to all the necessary information they might need.

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Taylor Jaye ventures into acting

WINDHOEK – Namibia-born musician, singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, philanthropist and now actress, Taylor Jaye, who is currently living in South Africa has ventured into acting and she will be acting in a Nigerian series, ‘Un-locked’ alongside Nigerian actor Mike Ezuruonye.

Industry Loop: Let’s  read ours!

Did you know that we have Namibian authored books in the market? It’s a rhetorical question. Sorry, if I bruised your ego by pointing out the obvious. I just can’t help but wonder why you haven’t tweeted about a Namibian authored book? What’s stopping you from posting about Namibian authors? 

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Bishop Madigari

WINDHOEK- The top trending clip, which is a must-watch is that of Bishop Madigari featuring  Munda Kanyonga In a clip titled Police and Crooks. Kanyonga anchors social issues intending to use semiotics on current affairs.

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OYO premieres ‘Ilithyia gone mad’

WINDHOEK - The Namibian Trust and Dance Troupe that uses the arts to create social awareness, Ombetja Yehinga Organisation, premiered ‘Ilithyia gone mad’ yesterday at the Warehouse Theatre, in collaboration with an international guest, from the Netherlands, Eveline Castelein.

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Confident local women applauded

WINDHOEK – Over the weekend the weekly tabloid newspaper Confidénte through Independent Media Holdings hosted an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of women who have done amazing work in their respective professions.

Industry Loop: Rebranding Vol. 2

Earlier this year I spoke about how entertainers who may have changed their stage names get pissed when one addresses them on their old stage names. My question at the time was, “Who did you tell that you changed your name?” My question stands till this day. 

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@Moses_king_ham

WINDHOEK- Moses Hamaambo, also known as @Moses_king_ham on Instagram, is hilarious, witty and full of humour. His videos on Instagram keep on garnering a minimum of 2 000 views per clip. His content ranges

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Funky Lab becomes a franchise

WINDHOEK - Funky Lab Social Cafe is set to officially open its Windhoek branch on 30 August 2019.  After a brief stint two years ago, the popular social cafe closed its doors when Maerua Mall’s body corporate objected to the establishment obtaining a liquor licence.

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Nust crowns 2019 King and Queen

WINDHOEK – On a night of great excitement, high adrenaline and wonder of who would scoop the titles of Miss and Mr Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) 2019, 20 finalists battled for the crowns in which Harvey Upingasa and Nandeekwa Tjiurutue came out top.

Industry Loop: Soundcheck

I am a stern believer of soundcheck. I do not compromise on soundcheck. Soundcheck needs to be done. It's just one of those things. You can’t escape it if you do not want drama stemming from sound issues on the day

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Movie Review: The Lion King

WINDHOEK - If this movie does not evoke fond memories of your childhood, then I do not know what will. Watching the new version of ‘The Lion King’, a big-screen musical with celebrity voice overs, tries its best to

Exploring the art of nudity

WINDHOEK – The art of nudity, whether in the form of photography, paintings or statues, dates back to the 1800s, yet in some, if not most, societies, the subject in itself remains taboo and is not openly embraced.

Industry Loop:  Music vs Content  

If one takes away music from a radio station, what will be left? That’s my challenge to you today or until the next Industry Loop. As you listen to your favourite station for the next seven days, take away the music element and place super emphasis on content.  

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Industry Loop: State your case

Fans have been venting on social media about how their favourite musicians did not make the overall nomination list. Either that or how some musicians didn’t make it in certain categories. Which is normal right? I mean you’re a fan…you want your favourite to win all the time! However, how about you remove the fan tag and consider a few things. 

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Former prisoner to take the music industry by storm

WINDHOEK – Some people believe ‘prison changes’ lives, and it clearly has changed the life of local artist, Ghost (real name Sakeus Johannes), who is about to set the music industry on fire with his upcoming album. Born and raised in Engela, in the northern part of Namibia, Ghost was sentenced to five years in prison for possessing drugs.

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Belly dancing extravaganza Shimmy’s for animal charities

SWAKOPMUND - Professional Namibian belly dancer Sascha Olivier-Sampson is not only the closest thing to being a ‘Goddess’ you will find adorned in silks and beads, but she is also an exceptional performing artist with a heart of gold. She has just celebrated her tenth ‘Shimmy for Shelter’ dance extravaganza, which this year raised N$31 000 towards two major Namibian animal charity projects.  

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‘The White Line’ goes international

WINDHOEK - Never have I had a film captivate me as much as ‘The White Line’ did. As I sat in anticipation, I was fearful, I was angry, I was disgusted and I felt sad. The joy and the overwhelming pride I felt, as it fundamentally told our story, our Namibian story, is indescribable. 

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Khoes takes the Khoest to Germany

WINDHOEK - Nesindano Namises has delved into her artistry by developing a show called theKhoest. Khoes, as she is known, tells the story of transformation and visibility, which is expressed through poetry with experimental sounds and chants, in Khoekhoegowb.

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‘Yellow Submarine’ to air on One Africa TV

WINDHOEK - ‘Yellow Submarine’ will be televised on One Africa TV. The show will feature compelling interviews with Namibia’s most prominent entertainment personalities. The show, which premieres on Sunday, is centred on arts but branches out into other areas of life such as medicine and issues affecting artists.