Elemotho makes music magic on world stages
Hot on the heels of his three-month musical tour of Germany, Elemotho and his ‘Afro-Acoustic Experience’ brought some foot tapping rhythm and live music magic to Swakopmund last weekend.
Together with his long-time friend and guitarist, Samuel Batola, the duo played a heart warming set at the COSDEF Arts & Craft Centre just outside of Swakopmund on Saturday night.
When in Namibia, Elemotho makes a point of having his family close by as he spends time being a doting father to his two sons and loving husband to his wife Sylvia (who works as his managing assistant handling his business affairs.)
When asked to describe his music genre, Elemotho explained, “If you feel a song you don’t have to explain what it is, because a good artist finds a way to draw in the audience so they can feel the expression of the music.”
Elemotho has travelled the world with his music. He is already planning a tour of Argentina and Chile next year that will mean even more time away from home. But music is his calling and his passion.
“Even though I come from Namibia, my music was born long before the influences of Kwaito, and as an artist I have developed my own blend of song writing,” Elemotho said.
In fact, he has shared his Elemotho magic with audiences from Spain, France, Austria, Hungary, Norway, and many African countries.
Despite his international acclaim, globe-trotting experiences, time living in Europe, plus performing on world stages with big stars, Elemotho is as organic as you can get.
He doesn’t do slick, pop star, back tracks or frills, but instead presents his music from the heart, coupled with a box guitar and a deep message of saving the world. He is a story teller, a thinker, a musical activist, a breath of fresh air and a pure product of Namibia.
And whilst Elemotho makes waves across the globe, his roots are still sunk firmly in his motherland where memories of singing and story-telling around the camp fire with his grandmother, are deeply etched in his music today.
According to him, he’s a simple “farm boy from Gobabis, who sang in a school choir”.
His musical influences, however, are the interpretations of traditional African melodies, combined with the genres of soul, jazz and reggae that filtered through from the city in his youth.
Elemotho has carved a successful career out of the arts, and he has won a strong following.
He is no stranger to Germany, where he has played festivals and concerts since 2011, notching up more than 30 shows in a period of two years.
His ‘Afro-Acoustic Production’ has been well received abroad, and foreign audiences know him from his recordings, from their travels to Namibia or from his previous tours.
With his last booked tour now behind him, having started in Osnabrueck on 22 April, ending in Frankfurt in August, he has accomplished what others still dream about.
The Afro-Acoustic Production is a simple approach of two guitarists, two singers and a lot of melodies expressing a journey of life through music, which draws a sit down audience who want to share in this sit down experience.
With eight shows in total, the duo performed a mix of sit down performances in intimate theatres, as well as at big stage festivals such as the Ke Nako Afrika Festival experience in Berlin, which will go down as one of the highlights of the trip.
“I am working on a new and fourth album for next year titled Beautiful World, and have a lot of new songs,” he added.
The album will be first released in Namibia, and then distributed internationally.
He is also releasing a new “Rhino Song”, which will be the theme song for World Rhino Day on 22 September.
When asked about why he has not been part of the past Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMA), he simply replied, “I don’t play music for awards.”