Jazz fest looks promising

Elemotho shared with tjil how different his set at the annual Windhoek Jazz Festival will be compared to the previous years.

28 September 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Speaking to tjil at the launch of the fest at Vintage restaurant, the award-winning and internationally recognised artist, Elemotho, said that the jazz lovers are in for a surprise come 3 November.
The artist has so far performed at international festivals as far as Tanzania, South Africa and Germany. He has also been awarded the UK One World Music Awards as Best World/Global Fusion Album for 2017 for his album Beautiful World. Elemotho has also been recognised as the 2017 NAMAs Lifetime Achiever and his music has been featured in the Netflix series Frankie and Grace. In addition, he has earned himself a spot in becoming the musical ambassador for Save the Rhino Trust Namibia.
“People who go to the Warehouse or FNCC have seen me perform and they will probably ask themselves, what else can he do? This is a normal reaction and it’s expected from any artist. The truth is nobody wants to keep seeing the person you were five years ago,” said the globetrotting songwriter.
Elemotho says an artist must always up their game and he will be doing so at this year’s jazz festival by having some acoustics and featuring a band hailing from Swakopmund - African Vocals. The singer said this will make the show more festive as he has been seen on the stage alone before and especially on the jazz festival stage. He believes in supporting and helping upcoming talent to be seen and having them on his set will be an exciting experience for them.
“The idea is to do two or three songs together… people get to see something new, you know - people from out of town. I don’t think we should limit ourselves to entertainment from Windhoek only. I want people to look out for the group because they are very talented. I have more new stuff lined up but I don’t want to reveal more now, you must find out at the show,” he said.
Elemotho will be performing alongside Lize Ehlers, Suzy Eises, Percival Rinquest, Sigera Jazz Band, Sedney Haufiku and Damas Fusion as the local artists with Zonke, The Soil and Catarina Duarte as the international acts. The Windhoek Jazz Festival will take place at the Independence Stadium on 3 November. Tickets will sell for N$250 and their availability will soon be announced.
June Shimuoshili

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