Elemotho [NAMIBIA]

Mit 13.7.2011 - 21:00
Tipp des Monats
The new Sound of the Kalahari. (European Tour, June-July 2011)
freie Spende

Innovative and amazing music, so that you can taste:

“The rhythms of the Kalahari, Melodies of Meditation,
The Freedom of Jazz, the Winds of Siberia and African Beats …
All combined with messages of a new age …” 

  • Elemotho Gaalelekwe Richardo Mosimane - Vocals, Guitar
  • Samuel Brudey Batola - Lead Guitar
  • Ermelinda Thataone - Backing Vocals, Shakers
  • Polina Loubnina - Flute

Elemotho ist Namibias Musiker Nummer eins. Sänger/Songwriter/Gitarrist. ...
Tanzen und Zuhören, Lachen und Weinen – Elemotho macht Musik, die Herz und Seele berührt! Mit einer Mischung aus Jazz-Blues, Afro Pop, Reggae und einer exotischen Live-Performance macht der Musiker, Komponist und Gründer der Band, Elemotho Gaalelekwe Richardo Mosimane, jedes Konzert zu einem besonderen Ereignis. Vom ländlich geprägten Jungen aus der Kalahari-Wüste entwickelte er sich zum modernen Lyriker und versucht sich durch neue Ideen von den üblichen kommerziellen Platten abzuheben. Das Ziel des modernen Lyrikers und Gründers der Band ist es, die Utopie einer perfekten Gesellschaft schaffen. Erleben Sie die Gelassenheit der Wüste und die Weite des blauen afrikanischen Himmels!
Elemotho gab bereits zahlreiche Konzerte in Afrika und Europa, u.a. auf der Expo 2000 in Hannover, dem Live Africa Festival in Windhoek/Namibia 2008, Wien, Spanien und Norwegen, und startet im Sommer 2011 aus Windhoek/Namibia kommend eine Tournee nach Europa.

Elemotho is a Namibian artist who composes, records and performs his own music. He plays acoustic guitar as well as sings in his mother-tongue Setswana, English and other Namibian languages. This artist 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”. His sound is solid yet transparent, with messages that create a utopia through music. His music has been described by the local Namibian media as the sound of the future making waves today, being able to charm the audiences with local flavoured remixes of jazz-blues, reggae, afro-pop and African rhythms while delivering performances of fire and passion.

Elemotho is considered one of the top acts in Namibia carrying his new cd “Human” along. These are some of the quotes from Namibian news journals: 
“This talented singer staged a true night of fire, passion and ecstasy”….. (By Conrad Angula, The Namibian, June 2009) 

“The artist charmed his audience with a locally flavoured remix of jazz blues, reggae with an Afro pop beat and African flavoured rhythms. He delivered an exotic live performance that did not leave his fans disappointed” (By Therersia Tjihenuna, The Namibian Sun, April 09) 

“Elemotho Wows fans with his Blend. The message in the music aside, the infectiousness of the beat is inescapable. It has an addictive effect. Once you listen to it you keep asking for more, and keep on coming back turning Elemotho into a favourite musical hunting trophy” (By Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, November 2008) 

“Elemotho's music can best be described as the music of the future making waves today. His music is a fusion of almost every African beat: Jabu Kanyile (South Africa); Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe); Salif Keita (Senegal); Eric Wainaina (Kenya); Koffi Olomide (DRC) and Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Nigeria). His music is mature, long lasting and can appeal to any one any where any time because of its hybridity and themes.”… (By Wonder Guchu, Informante June 09) 

Ich habe die CD gehört und kann diese Gruppe nur jedem an's Herz legen (DJ Zipflo)
Als Elemotho 2003 sein Debütalbum herausbrachte, herrschte in Windhoek Aufbruchstimmung. Der junge Tswana war ein Musiker der neuen Generation Namibias. Er machte eigene Musik, er kopierte nicht die Kwaito-Sounds aus den südafrikanischen Townships wie viele andere, traditionell war sie aber auch nicht, seine Musik. Weltmusik eher, originell war sie, mit spirituellen und auch witzigen Texten, und vor allem: neu für Namibia.

,,The System is a Joke" war ein sofortiger Erfolg. Wenige Wochen nach Erscheinen war das damals vom FNCC finanzierte Album (Stückzahl 1000) vergriffen. Elemotho war ein lokaler Held. Und dann: dieses irgendwie typisch namibische Phänomen - Es gab kein Geld, um weitere Exemplare des Albums nachdrucken zu lassen. Zwei Jahre Durststrecke.

Zwischenzeitlich verbrachte Elemotho Zeit in Norwegen. Im Rahmen eines Austauschprojektes mit der Kunstschule Elverum lehrte er traditionelle afrikanische Musik. Seit einigen Monaten ist er zurück in Windhoek.

The system is a joke

ElemothoGaalelekwe Richardo Mosimane is a Namibian born musician who, composes, records and plays his own music. Elemotho plays accoustic guitar as well as sings in both his mother-tongue Setswana and other Namibian languages. He does not classify his music under a certain style: “I hope my music tells a story on its own” says this composer/instrumentalist/ vocalist. He also plays with a seven piece band of which there is a bass and electric guitar, mbira (African thumb piano), flute, drumkit and African percussions although sometimes other instruments are also used. 

Every artist has something to say…what does Elemotho have to say? “Music is many things for many people. Music was always there when there was nothing, so I write songs that may say a lot or say little but they are always about the times we live in. Story telling around the fire is what I grew up with, and when I realized I was tired of performing other people´songs, I wanted to make songs that could make you listen as well as move, find humour but also bitterness” because according to this artist that is what the human condition is all about. 


While studying African philosophy and psychology at university,this artist from the Kalahari has moved from doing cover versions in the period of a year to lead vocals and performing his own songs. He has performed extensively Namibia and also around the World. In 1999 won two Music Makers prizes with his former band “Tcoqma”. After the band members moved on into different ways he decided to focus on his own musical career. With support of the Franco Namibian Cultural Center (FNCC), Elemotho recorded his solo album “The system is a joke”. A mixture between social commentary, a celebration of local Namibian and African reality and a certain degree of spirituality. 

When you listen to Elemotho´s solo album “The system is a joke” you get an impression that you are listening to a musician who has a lot to say with songs like,Uhuru(Freedom)-The taste.. He carries his music with touch of rhythms from the Kalahari desert, mixed with ethnic and global sounds ,the calling of the rain combined with messages for our modern times. After his first album Elemotho has preformed in different Namibian and International music festivals getting his music more solid and tighter as ever.. This musician has had the time to explore new sensations, new odors, new colors, new feelings, new experiences, and combining all these elements the artist is preparing something delicious called HUMAN, where you will be able to taste then the Rhythms of the Kalahari, the freedom of the jazz, the winds of Siberia mixed with messages for a new age...


By Lize Kubersky

Logistics are relevant for this musician as he throws reality around and explores the depths of being a Namibian, unmasking personalities groomed by society and exploring the different dimensions of the human condition.

With four years of studying General Psychology and African philosophy at UNAM, Elemotho philosophizes and puts to mouth what he perceives.

³In 1997, while studying, I went to listen to the UNAM band and started harmonizing with the singers. A member commented on my high soprano, and the rest, as they say, is history ,² he said.

A journey with many highlights followed, including Thikama International Festival 1997, UNAM Cultural Festival 1997 2000, Namibia Independence Celebration 1998-2002, Music Makers 1999, Namibian Tour (Tsumeb, Arandis, Swakopmund) 1999, Expo 2000 Hannover Germany, Miss Namibia 2001, World Music Day 2001-2003, Platform Elverum, Norway 2004, FNCC Concert 2004, Omukali 2004, Norwegian National Day Celebration Hamar Norway 2005, Warehouse 2005, Bank Windhoek Festival 2005 and Healing Sessions 2006.

Also being the first Namibian to be invited to perform at the Awesome Africa Music Festival in Durban, South Africa last year, and currently recording film sound tracks for Bigmouth open mind Savannah Stories with Jackson Kaujeua, Elemotho has defined himself as a performing artist and musical activist.

With his album, ŒThe System is a Joke¹, recorded in 2003 with FNCC sponsorship at the Take Note studio, Elemotho produced his signature sound. With ingredients, namely: roots and dreams, hopes and fears, Elemotho divorced himself from preaching and social commentating, as many artists frequently do, and created a collection of reality sounds including songs:

Taxi to ŒKatutura¹, ŒMy Africa¹ and ŒThere Comes a Time¹. With personal distribution of his album in Norway, South Africa, Uganda, websites in Spain, and many more countries, Elemotho perceives penetration of his music as a channel of telling the world about a boy from the rural farming areas of Omaheke region, a boy who sang with his grandmother, who started drawing and writing poetry and now amplifies his journey through music.

Having taught African Arts at the College of Arts from 2000-2002, 29-year-old Elemotho, the lyricist, structures his songs in such a way, that it reflects what he receives and perceives of Mother Africa and Namibia. The music is intangible, but the energy is felt. The acoustic guitar-player and singer is of the opinion that the Namibian audience is growing.

³Namibian artists have realized mediocre music will not pave the way to national and international accreditation. Sound has to be solid yet transparent enough for the message to move. I create a utopia through my music. A land where oppression turns into liberation, failure turns into triumph and the past, present and future is given,² he concluded.

(c)2003 New Era

Mehr: www.elemotho.com and www.myspace.com/elemotho; www.youtube.com/watch?v=33PvMRWjl9g