By Jeoffrey Mukubi
ELEMOTHO is easily one of the most coveted musicians in Namibia. His district Kalahari melodies instilled with modern musical elements surly puts his afro-fusion sound in a league of its own. Elemotho’s new production titled Kalahari Invocations is set to be a one of a kind production.
He intends to invoke the spirit of the ancestors with a show on Friday 20 April at the Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek with his melodies and rhythms before hitting the road for his international tour.
Tatenda, a loop artist who hails from Zimbabwe is set to open the show and the Setswana Cultural Group Makgoa Ngwao, is also expected to be featured during the show.
The Kalahari born singer told Confidente this past week that he intends to bridge political and geographical borders through his music and messaging.
“Music reminds us that the past, present and future are all a part of the greater human landscape,” said Elemotho.
With four albums to show and over two decades of experience in the bag, Elemotho is of the opinion that the show will be the opening for his tour as he is further expected to perform at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) on 4 and 5 May.
“The tour is basically me dwelling into my history and translating it to music by giving everyone a glimpse of the traditional Setswana sounds which influence my music,” he said.
Touring is nothing new to Elemotho as he has travelled all over the world year in and year out. His latest international gig this year was in the United States of America, where he and celebrated Namibian saxophonist Suzy Eises performed at the 5th Annual Musical Bridges Across the World (MBAW) in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2017, Elemotho received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) as well as releasing his fourth studio album titled Beautiful World which established adoration from his fans locally and internationally. He then had a tour which saw him going to Spain, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Lesotho, Botswana, and South Africa.
This time around, the Kalahari Invocations Tour will begin in Zimbabwe and then Spain, where he is set to do six shows in different cities.
One of the festivals he will perform at is the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival, in the picturesque Spanish city of Caceres. The festival showcases music heard around the globe.
It features completely free concerts on stages around the city with bands hailing from all different parts of the world. There is also, dance and artistic workshops, a global market with international food as well as street entertainment. The tour continues to Switzerland and will end in South Africa, where he will be playing with his full band at a private event.
Confidente then asked how he is able to cater for a mature audience, but still have a connection with younger listeners.
“I also rap and I like spoken word, I was influenced by people like, Nas, Tupac, Kris Kross, so I’m also in tune with my youth, because I know where I come from.”
Elemotho further encouraged young artist to be unique and always try to think outside the box: “Study yourself, study your role models and read books, because only you can do you, because nobody can do you like you do you.” The show is scheduled to start at 20h00 with advanced tickets going for N$120 and N$ 150 at the door.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015