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Elemotho – “Black Man” Return to Mother Africa

Money, cars, smart phones – the modern African man wants what the Western man has and more. As a result, mother Africa is losing her children to the lies of a corrupt world. That’s why singer-songwriter Elemotho appeals to his fellow Namibians with his new album “Beautiful World”: Don’t give up the fight for equality, don’t succumb to the glimmer of money and power.

Elemotho – the “Black Man”

And his means are simple, yet powerful. Guitar in hand, Elemotho Gaalelekwee Richardo Mosimane sings softly in a mix of English and Setswana. It is a Bantu language, spoken in his motherland Namibia. That way, the self-proclaimed musical activist pronounces his belonging. Because his music is about the return to nature and the honouring of his heritage. And most of all, it is about the “black man” – as one of his songs is called. In it, he addresses the African man’s loss of culture, eyes on the money, bottle in hand.

Get Up and Dance

This struggle between past and present is directly reflected in his music: The American black man’s blues meets African tribal music with a hint of rock ‘n’ roll and jazz. In the beginning, Elemotho’s acoustic guitar underlines a sad song in Setswana, a keyboard is following him slowly in the back of the stage.

However, as the concert progresses, so does the music. Because tradition needs to be celebrated. African congas and a Dundun drum beat loudly in accord with an E-guitar and a western drum kit. A long saxophone solo sends vibrations through the air. And Elemotho yells: “Get up and dance”. In the end, the message gets across and everybody is on their feet.