By Frederick Philander
THE launching of Ras Levi’s first solo CD last week in the garden of the National Theatre of Namibia was in all respects a relaxing, resounding success and a family affair both for the artist as well as the audience.
Babies, youths, children as well as adults attended and thoroughly enjoyed the presentation that consisted of exceptionally high quality back up singing and poetry recital by two equally talented female performing artists.
Poet, Lady Black, a Grade 12 learner at Delta Secondary School, delivered two powerful poems from her own pen. This is what I would call true Namibian poetry from the heart and soul. Her unmatched poetry near perfect presentation on stage has had a lasting impact on my two daughters as well.
Singer Ruusa, a student at the Polytechnic of Namibia, was brilliant in her presentation of two sentimental songs composed by her. The beat of the compositions was of a creative high standard.
It beats me why young artists such as Ruusa are not used during the predictably boring academic start of the academic year at the institution she is studying at? Wednesday’s ceremonial opening was no exception with students just sitting there in the sun waiting for the speakers to bore them out of their skins, singing praise songs to the authorities.
An encore was requested to view the well-produced Brand Nu Day DVD of Ras Levi during the hour-long programme in which his sisters, Natalie and Rasmia, also entertained the audience in their own special way.
All and all it was a creatively satisfying experience for all present.