The countdown to what’s believed to be the biggest Namibian tour in 2015 showcasing multi-award winning artist Oteya and Ugandan well-known entertainer, comedian and actress, Anne Kansiime has begun. The adorable Anne Kansiime who is referred to as “East Africa’s Queen of Comedy” will join Namibian sensational and music star Oteya, for the Oteya Tour schedule to start next Friday at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) and on Saturday at the Zoo Park. Pinehas Nakaziko previews the much-anticipated double bill show.
It is the time first for Anne to be in Namibia and for the two be sharing a stage. According to Oteya, she is taking her music as Oteya nationwide, hence “Oteya Tour”. She says the tour will be thrilled with a fantastic live band and energetic performances from the two. “I always bring something different to the table, that is why I had to introduce Kansiime to Namibia for the very first time,” says Oteya.
Oteya adds that she will explain the collaboration (music and comedy) as extraordinary, as she will be fusing two worlds together. “There is no fun in doing what everyone does and Namibians should look forward to more energy and more exciting music from Oteya,” she says.
Anne also shares a video on social networks inviting all the Namibian to come support her in large numbers. “Catch me at the National Theatre of Namibia and at the Zoo Park, I will be there waiting for all of you to show you some love,” says she in the video. Her comedy journey started way back in 2007, while still an undergraduate at Makerere University in Uganda. She begun to participate in drama skits acted by the theatre group known as Theatre Factory, which usually played at the Uganda National Theatre in Kampala’s central business district. When Theatre Factory disintegrated, she joined Theatre Fun that replaced it. She later partnered with Brian Mulondo, as a Taxi interview conductor in the MiniBuzz series and provided comic video dramatisations on topical issues that random passengers discussed.
According to recorded interviews that she gave in 2014, Anne begun posting some of her sketch comedy skits on YouTube. She received positive feedback and that encouraged her to post more videos. Her screen breakthrough came when Citizen TV from neighboring Kenya offered her a slot to produce, star and present a comedy show once a week. That is how she came up with the Don’t Mess with Kansiime comedy show. As of November 2014, her YouTube channel had amassed more than 15 million views. Her YouTube videos received thousands of views and she has appeared on BBC Focus on Africa. She has played to packed houses in Blantyre, Gaborone, Kigali, Kuala Lumpur, Lagos, Lilongwe, London and Lusaka and expected in Windhoek and other towns in Namibia next week.
Tickets of the first show can be bought from any Checkers and Shoprite store through Computicket country wide, for N$ 300 while on Saturday (August 22), tickets can be purchased by buying six 6 pack of Vigo.The tour will continue throughout September in Ongwediva, Ondangwa, Okahao, Outapi and Enhana.