Coastal girl Monica Pineas, also known as Top Cheri, jetted off this week to meet up with EES who now lives in Cologne, Germany to do two shows and some promotional work for their new collaborative effort.
Tonight, they will be performing at Club Gretchen in Berlin, and on Saturday at Groove Bar in Cologne.
VIBEZ! managed to track the busy EES down, and he shared his excitement about being involved with Top Cheri and the Deutsch-Namibische Gesellschaft (DNG).
“I got the opportunity to do a show with DNG on rhino poaching awareness in Namibia recently because I have been doing a lot over the last 12 years in that regard. 100% of the tickets sold at the show in Berlin went to the Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia. While we were busy working, I asked them to bring Top Cheri here for another show since I did a song with her. It took a lot of organising these past three months to get everything in order; visas, etc, which was not so easy,” he added.
The concert is the absolute highlight of the series of previous ones on this anniversary of the long-standing friendship between Windhoek and Berlin.
“While Top Cheri is here, we are going to be doing a lot of radio, magazine and TV interviews. I really hustle like a madman to push Namibian music and our new song ‘When We Unite’. It’s all gonna be worth it because I want the people to know more about her music, my music and Namibian music at large while we are busy doing this promotional tour.”
Just before heading into a radio interview, Top Cheri shared with VIBEZ! that everything on that side is “so fast, with people going and coming”.
“I’m literally always running because we are ‘op n pos’; the homie EES is just busy here. Everything is so fast, but I’m very excited. The people out here are just about work, work and work and nothing but work.” A ‘Namibian Music Night’ will also take place as a charity event with the support of the DKLB, the Berliner Senate Chancellery and the DNG. The proceeds from the ticket sales are distributed through the DNG towards measures to protect the endangered rhino in Namibia. The DNG is a non-profit organisation, with currently around 1 500 members and supporters.