By Anastasia Paulus
WINDHOEK – Namibian singer and songwriter, Elemotho is once again on the road – taking the Namibian unique sound of Kalahari across Europe.
He kicked off his ‘Beautiful World European Tour 2017’ with two gigs in the Spanish cities of Valencia and Madrid last week.
He made a three day stop in Germany with a gig at Lissberg Afrika Festival on Sunday, June 4 and another gig in Frankfurt on Tuesday, June 6.
Elemotho will hit Vienna, Austria with four gigs – at ZWE, Verein 08, Am Wachtberg Festival and Klim Gallery, before rounding off the tour with performance at Jazz Meets-World in the capital of Czech Republic – Prague on June 13.
Elemotho is on the road with his long time musical collaborator, singer and guitarist – Samuel Batola.
He was also joined by two other musicians from Valencia, whom he already shared the stage with before.
“I love getting on the road. It is the only way to spread the music and push oneself out there like all touring and working musicians,” He told The Southern Times via email, adding that he has a new album ‘Beautiful World’ and “it’s exciting to hit the road with a new project for all my peeps outside Namibia’s borders to enjoy,” he said.
“It is a very intense tour with very little time off to cover more dates over a short time, plus it’s both time and finance effective. Many years of grinding and touring have allowed me to form a network, fan base and a connection through my music with various music houses, concert places and festivals.
“So in professional music circles you don’t really get invited in the way of favours, the music’s likability and years of touring and being musically appreciated are really the ones responsible for my ability to constantly hit the road, whether in Europe or the African continent,” Elemotho said about his success performing outside the country especially in Europe.
Elemotho is a legend of live music performance. He has performed on stages of various sizes both in Africa and Europe. In 2014, he performed at one of the world’s biggest musical stages at the World of Music, Arts and Dance in the UK.
He sings in his vernacular Setswana and English blended with other local languages. He has four albums to his name – the latest Beautiful World which he is promoting during the tour as well as Human, Ke Nako (It’s time), and The System is a Joke.
Next month until August, Elemotho has dates with Vrystaatarts Festival (July 19-20) in Bloemfontein, South Africa; Rototom Festival (August 16) in Spain and the Gaborone International Music and Culture Festival on August 26.