Windhoek audiences are to be treated to a rare live music treat tonight when the Nice Restaurant and Bar in collaboration with the Warehouse Theatre hosts popular international singer-songwriter Keziah Jones. Keziah Jones is playing two intimate acoustic concerts, the first taking place tonight at Namibia’s No. 1 Live Music Venue – the Warehouse Theatre – with hot and upcoming local act Savannah Afros opening for the superstar.
A second concert takes place tomorrow in the classy courtyard at Nice Restaurant and Bar with popular Namibian songbird Shishani as the supporting act. Born Olufemi Sanyaolu on January 10, 1968, he is an international singer-songwriter and guitarist. He describes his musical style as “Blufunk”, which is a fusion between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms. Also his Nigerian roots in Yoruba music and soul music can be considered a major influence on his sound.
Keziah rose to stardom when his first album Blufunk is a fact inspired Lenny Kravitz to invite him to support him on his world tour. Keziah often cites Fela Kuti, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix as three of his most important influences. In fact, Keziah was one of the last people to conduct an interview with his mentor, Fela, before he died. Other major influences are Michael Jackson and John Coltrane. Influential producer and music creator, Brian Eno, introduced Keziah as “the African Hendrix” prior to a concert in London in 2012.
A workshop and networking session for local artists has been organised by the Warehouse Theatre during his stay, as well as a press conference hosted by the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC). After his concerts in Windhoek have been concluded Keziah will travel to Wolwedans Collection of Camps in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the Sossusvlei area to work on a video with Jana Eleanor Brückner, a local film director, who is known for her video for local talent tonetIc ft. Shishani called ‘Undefended’, for which she also received the Music Video Director of the year award in 2014.
The concerts are proudly supported by Coca-Cola as the official soft drink sponsor, River Crossing Lodge, 99fm, Fncc, Wolwedans, Endemic Productions and New Mission Films. Doors for the concert tonight at the Warehouse open at 19H30 for 20H000 and pre-booked tickets cost N$150 and N$190 at the door. Tomorrow at Nice the doors open at 19H30 for the concert to start at 20H00 while tickets go for N$250 pre-booked and N$290 at the door.Tickets available at nice restaurant, Warehouse Theatre, Biltong Shop (Maerua Mall) and www.staytoday.com.na/events.
Popular international Nigerian-born singer-songwriter Keziah Jones, who has been dubbed the “The African Hendrix”, is having two performances tonight at the Warehouse Theatre, and tomorrow night at Nice Restaurant.