Ringo rocks Windhoek

The highly advertised concert had almost turned out to be a huge let-down with only 300 fans braving the chilly weather and the N$100 entrance fee. But Ringo made fans forget all the delays and hiccups when he took over the stage at midnight last Saturday. Buyisa was the introductory song of what was to be a moment of pleasure. The South African pt the show on a crescendo after various supporting acts from the local artists. With powerful mbaqanga rhythms and insightful rhythms, Ringo made the revellers realise why music has a spiritual effect on a listener.

“Have you ever been stopped by someone in the street and they mess your day but when you get home and you find your lover waiting for you? Have you ever noticed the difference in how relieved you get? That’s the power of love,” preached Ringo.

At some stage the fans sang along, at some point the crowd suddenly fell silent as Ringo serenaded the night early morning away.

Next was Into Yami with the man’s unique vocal talent and appreciation of love , Ringo convinced Namibia why he is a multiple Kora Award winner. “The man has touch and I learnt a lot from his stage work,” commented local artist Sunny Boy. Ringo rarely wasted time as the sheer talent in him was manifested in his ballad dances, the drum beating skills and the infectious and irresistible beat. When the song was on its peak, Ringo stripped the early morning apart as he interpreted the song, Into Yami, “what is mine is yours and what is yours is mine, besides being in love, you are Namibian, I am South African, when I feel happy, you can also feel happy, we can both cry, you can dislike being hated and I also dislike being hated and discriminated . . .”

Then he unleashed Sondela, (Come Closer) this proved a popular song as the crowd sang along. Partners could be seen in each other’s arms swaying side ways with Ringo’s tune. It proved to be a worthwhile wait for the few hundred that had gathered but unfortunately, most of the notable dignitaries who had come early to watch the South Africans, had left when Ringo stepped up the stage. Former Prime Minister Hage Geingob, members of the diplomatic community and as well as a number of company directors had all come to imbibe what Ringo had in store but unfortunately most of them left without a glimpse of the Xhosa warrior. The organisers failed to start the show early as promised as Ringo was supposed to perform at 8pm but only went on stage at midnight.

AppleSeed and Thandiswa Mazwai did not disappoint with Bongo Maffin before Malaika completed the show. Malaika had looked promising before they were cut short by the city authorities after just three songs because “the stadium is situated in a residential area where the law restricts making noise all night,” explained Malaika’s Jabulani Ndaba. “It’s not really our fault but we had a wonderful package in store for you,” added one vocalist before belting 2Bobo Yami as the farewell song. Fortunaltely, Malaika had not wasted time in performing most Namibia’s favorite from the group, Sibakanyana.

Malaika’s dancing girls dressed in their colorful outfits, wooed many with their gyrations.

At the end of the show, it was only Ringo who managed to thrill the fans as he had much time to play all his songs and the man, performing for the first time in Namibia is sure to return.

The Healing Song Concert is scheduled to be held every three months in Namibia.

July 2006
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