Elemotho Heads to the UK to Perform At Womad Festival

Elemotho is one of only a few Namibian musicians who has performed prolifically outside the country.

Adding to his long list of international appearances, he is set to perform in the UK at The World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) festival on 26 July.

WOMAD is an internationally recognised festival which sees various artists from around the world share one stage. It comprises of a combination of music performances and educational projects.

One of it’s co-founders, Peter Gabriel says on it’s official website : “Equally important, the festivals have also allowed many different audiences to gain an insight into cultures other than their own through the enjoyment of music. Music is a universal language, it draws people together and proves, as well as anything, the stupidity of racism.”

Sounding groggy on an early morning call with The Namibian on Friday, Elemotho was happy to share the good news.

“This is a dream come true as WOMAD is the biggest [music] festival of all. Everyone who is anybody has played there and many African acts have gained exposure through the festival.”

He insists that his selection to perform at this festival has nothing to do with luck but can be attributed solely to hard work and persistence.

“It has taken a while for me to get here. I started in 1997 with small shows at university. I studied music and I watched a lot of musicians, also putting effort into my material and performances. I am not just cruising through on luck, there is a lot of work behind this,” he said.

Elemotho will perform among music greats like Youssou N’ Dour, Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi and Salif Keita at WOMAD.

The festival is family friendly with performing musicians being culturally diverse as they are drawn from countries like Abu Dhabi, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UK, and the United States of America. Over a million people are able to experience the festival through live broadcasting.

Source : The Namibian