Namibia’s International Award winning superstar Elemotho, to perform in Pretoria. PDF Print E-mail

Elemotho has just came back from his UK Tour where also performed at the International WOMAD Festival and shared the stage with more than 50 international musicians among the likes of Manu Dibangu, Salif Keita, Youssour N’Dour, Oliver Mtukudzi, Madee and Mari Boine to name but a few.

Elemotho comes to South Africa for the 6th time now after making appearances at the Bassline and Arts Alive among others. This time he will be gracing the stage at the State Theatre on Friday 19th September 2014. His fans will have to catch him at20:00 in the Rendezvous Theatre within The SA State Theatre Precinct for R100 at the door.

Elemotho is the first Namibian musician to win the RFI-France 24 Discoveries Awards- 2012, among a list of more than 500 African, Indian and Pacific artists. On top if all, this kalaharian singer/songwriter has just signed a Worldwide distribution deal with UK based World Music Record Label, ARC Music, making his music much more accessible to the World. With a third album to his name, Ke Nako (its time),  this hard working artist has just successfully completed a 3 months African Tour, taking the new sound of the Kalahari everywhere from Accra, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Antananarivo, Khartoum, Cotonou to name some of the cities Elemotho has crazed with his powerful and poetic presence. The year 2013 also found Elemotho headlining the Windhoek Jazz Festival alongside jazz maestro Hugh Masekela and South African Afropop sensation Zahara. And to top it all, his song !Kgalanamib has been chosen as the theme song for Namibia’s Adventure Tourism Summit 2013.

This Musician hailing from the Kalahari plays acoustic guitar as well as sings in his mother-tongue Setswana, English and other Namibian languages. He does not classify his music under a certain style: “I see myself as a performing artist and musical activist; I like to throw reality around, thus exploring the depth of the human spirit”. From rural boy to modern lyricist, Elemotho stands-out from your usual commercial and easily consumable sounds by using experimental ideas where reality is amplified through his vision of music: “I grew up with storytelling around the fire and that has inspired me to create something that could make you dance as well as listen, smile as well as cry, find peace as well as wisdom”.

Having successfully presented his 3rd album, Ke Nako, to African audiences, Elemotho is ready to take his new sounds further, where you will embark on a journey:“that musically invokes the spirit of the Kalahari” (Uganda Daily Monitor, Uganda), “A smile that never leaves your face and a dose of inspired and generous music” ( toutelaculture, France).

“There is one name that stands above the rest when it comes to African contemporary music in Namibia, and that name undoubtedly is Elemotho” (New Era, Namibia). “An inspiring craftsman that makes you want to smile, cry and dance all at once – his songs stir your mind, charms your spirit and explore the intensity of the human spirit” (Confidente, Namibia,). “Elemotho…the roaming bushman with diverse yet deep songs that give food for thought, this winner of the 2012 RFI-France 24 Discoveries awards, has been building a reputation beyond the borders of his homeland Namibia for several years” ( RFI, France)

Elemotho has performed internationally in over more than 25 African Countries and in Europe: Spain, Norway, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Checz Republic and France. He has shared stages with the likes of UB40, Johnny Clegg, Ismael Lo, Vusi Mahlasela, Busi Mlhongo, Habib Koite, Sargent Garcia, Carlinhos Brown, Gentleman, Salif Keita, Erica Badú, The Wailers, Yossour N´ Dour Natasha Atlas and Dobet Gnahoré to mention but a few.