By Jeoffrey Mukubi
ELEMOTHO’S new album, titled Beautiful World, oozes with optimism, love and hope. In a world driven by greed, hate and violence, it is refreshing to hear a Namibian musician shedding light on various injustices in our society, while also inviting us into his personal life.
From the very first song, titled Ga Lo Itse, it was clear that Elemotho’s latest gift to the world was going to be a modern day classic.
Singing in Setswana, Otjiherero and English, this album ultimately craves to enrich the mind, no matter who are and where you come from. Many say he is a child of the Kalahari, but I think he is the sound of the Kalahari, and that his transcending stories may come in form of dreams from his ancestors. Elemotho is an artistic genius, and his acoustically-rooted sound blends so well with an array of genres, including rock and blues, which was evident on track eight, titled Coming.
Black man is the sixth track on the album and it resonates unapologetically with the current plight of Pan- Africanism and Africa’s fight for mental emancipation.
The last track, titled Remember, could not sum the album up more perfectly, with the soothing saxophone in the beginning of the song being both melodic and enchanting.
I had to play the song over and over again, because the saxophone is an amazing addition. Elemotho’s message is viable and true throughout the album. As he says in the song Beggars and Superstars, “No matter who you are, beggar or a superstar, we are all here today and then gone tomorrow.”
Beautiful World is a must have. The album is available online, on all major streaming sites, including iTunes, Deezer, Amazon, Tidal and Spotify. In Windhoek, it is available at Slowtown Coffee Roasters and Antonio’s Art.
Elemotho is currently on a tour, representing Namibia in various countries, including South Africa, Spain, Lesotho and Botswana.
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