Namibian artiste Elemotho, in partnership with Air Namibia, is set to tour Europe. This tour will see him perform at nine festivals alongside his band ‘The Modern Nomads’ from 6th June to 17th July, 2019.
The singer who announced his next single date and the fifth album is set to entertain nine festivals within France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
Speaking on the tour, Elemotho said, “I am delighted about touring France as I have only played twice there in the past. I am coming with my band with lots of new songs. We are currently getting ready to release a single called ‘Home’ in mid-July.”
“This would be my first official song from my upcoming fifth album, entitled Mogotsi (fire-maker). We hope to release it before June end, followed with a powerful video. The question that keeps lingering in me as we try to adapt to the technology age is: what is home? And where is home in this borrowed life?”
Elemotho and his band will kick-start the festival in Belfort, France for the International University Music Festival (FIMU) from 6th to 10th June.
“We will first entertain them at FIMU in Belfort, where four shows have been scheduled in different locations around this beautiful University town. Last year, the host was able to pull an audience of 150,000. Among them were many young college students. It’s one of the biggest world and international music festival with participants from all angles of the world, with over 50 countries represented. In-between these four shows, we have been contacted to perform at Festival de Musiques Metisses de Colmar, among famous artistes such as Cape Verdian songstress Carmen Sousa.”
The singer bemoaned the bureaucracy involved in processing traveling documents for African artistes.
“What some people don’t know is that the international music circuit is business with a lot of genres. So tickets, passports, and visas all come with the business. Over ten years of touring Europe and the African continent, paperwork has always been a major concern to me and most of my peers worldwide.”
“Majority of the festivals don’t cover all expenses, so lots of paperwork ends up on the artistes. Passport gets renege while attendance for the festival has been confirmed. Airplane tickets are no small feat, from Namibia to anywhere in the world. Thus, we would like to use this opportunity to appreciate Air Namibia for partnering to support our cultural heritage and in helping to get our stories to areas people haven’t heard of in Namibia. I have always desired that passports and visa for African and Caribbean artistes will be easier with time in terms of global traveling. Many of us have lost shows and privilege due to the red tape pulled on some African passports.”
Speaking further, the ‘My Africa’ singer thanked Air Namibia for financing his tour alongside his band. “We deeply appreciate Air Namibia for being our carrier to Europe and back. This type of partnerships is shining examples of art and commercial industries joining hands in telling our stories and sharing our cultural heritage with the rest of the world.”
“I have collaborated with our local flight carrier with an idea of having a permanent partnership, as I will be touring annually. In this regard, through my musical career and exposure, Air Namibia gets to reach out to lots of music, festivals and art lovers. Together via this partnership, Elemotho and Air Namibia will be putting the small country in the World Map of many as true Ambassadors of Namibia”.
When asked about where he desires to perform next, he said; “I have always desired to tour Asian countries, all the way from India down to China. Australia and America are plans for future projects, although I have already had the privilege to perform in the USA. I would also love to explore South America and Canada”.
Here is the list with dates of festivals where Elemotho and his band will perform:
FIMU Festival (Belfort, France) – 6 to 10 June; Festival de Musiques Métisses (Colmar, France) – 8 June; Afrika Festival (Mamling, Austria) – 6 July; Forchheim Afrika Festival (Forchheim, Germany) – 7 July ;Stoffel Festival (Frankfurt, Germany) – 9 July; Heidelberg Afrika Festival (Heidelberg, Germany) – 10 July; Afrika Festival Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany) – 12 July; Landshut Afrika Festival (Landshut, Germany) – 13 July; Pachamama Festival (Märstetten, Switzerland) – 17 July.