PEACE Ndlovu, known in music circles as Ba Shupi, performed at Song Night, a popular Namibian show last week in Windhoek.
BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA
Ba Shupi left the country on June 21, performed at Song Night on June 24 and arrived back home on Friday last week.
“My wife Wadzanai was in Namibia on a tour and she had a meeting with Lize Elhers (founder of Song Night), a celebrated Namibian singer/songwriter who extended an invite for me to be the headline act for the event,” Ba Shupi said.
“It was truly humbling as this was the first time Song Night has ever had an international artiste perform. The media coverage was good and in turn we had a full house off all nationalities.”
Some of the tracks that Ba Shupi performed include the singles Twunonaka, Godo, Ma1 and My 15.
Song Night started in April 2011 and has been running ever since. Singers get to audition on the first Wednesday of each month and perform on the last Wednesday at one of the hottest venues in the capital of Namibia called Warehouse Theatre.
Song Night also features professional entertainers and is aimed at developing artistes through free training.
It is sponsored by the FNB Foundation through RMB, HEC Productions cc, Melisa Poulton, DB Audio, 99 FM and Theatre School.
“Ba Shupi is a fiery performer and his songs are currently going great in Zimbabwe and across the world, so it just felt right.
He transformed the stage! His management contacted me and the rest was history,” Ehlers said.
“We visited our main radio sponsor 99 FM and one of Namibia’s top radio DJs Che The Goddess Interviewed him. He also visited my studios and rehearsal space and loved it.
“I do it with pleasure and passion because I see the change it is bringing, not only into individual lives, but into the industry.”
Ba Shupi said that he was currently working on company jingles which have been playing on the airwaves, recording new songs and collaborations, making music videos, writing a play — as he is also into theatre — mentoring young talent and trying to go around the world.