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Warehouse theatre brings back Motown

Namibia’s very own version of the ‘Supremes’, Shevon, Avo, Johné and Esmé of local girl band Essence.

Namibia’s very own version of the ‘Supremes’, Shevon, Avo, Johné and Esmé of local girl band Essence.

The Warehouse Theatre has become the playground for entertainment in the capital, from hosting jazz nights to poetry evenings and now the former old breweries brings us a taste of Motown. The 70s era will be brought back and the Warehouse Theatre stage will be set ablaze 70s-style when local girl band Essence perform this Friday evening
Essence consists of some of the most talented and versatile female singers in Namibia (Esme, Johne’, Avo and Shevon). Each artist brings a different experience, vocal range and abilities that blends into the tight vocal presentation, harmonies and musical experience. Essence is the embodiment of classic Motown sounds and choreography blended with the touch of African and contemporary musical expressions. The group represents panache and maturity as well as a sense of fashion, class and talent. Essence is to Namibia what Supremes and the Miracles were to America in the 70s.
The group says it wants to bring back soul, a sense of fashion class and meaning to Namibia’s musical experience. The group was officially established in February this year from the 2012 edition of the popular Sistah Thang Production, and have already performed with success and positive response from both the media and the public. They have performed at events such as: Last Band Standing 2013 final, World Music Day 2013, Miss Namibia Pageant 2013, with much acclaim and positive reviews.
The concert will also feature the group ‘Perfect Gentlemen’ a four-piece all-male group of young Namibian artists who have been hand-picked from some of the best male singers in Namibia. Their performance guarantees a wholesome musical experiences. Their varied and versatile musical style, talents and vocal ranges ensure an indelible memory of a new musical journey. The group consists of Sean K who is currently lighting up Namibia’s musical scene with his Motown inspired performances, Oompie, another talented, versatile singer, Jesse Goliath, the angelic tenor, and Lee-Roy, the son of the leader and lead singer of the Weekend Bank.
Oompie has had brief stints with the Ugly Creatures, Joy Devine Singers and is currently heating up the club scene. Jesse has the classical music training and have a very strong feel for jazz and classical music while Lee-Roy is blessed with a magical voice. He can master any range and musical genre.
The evening will start with opening performances from the likes of Brazo, Imelda and Frieda from local girl band ‘Gal level’.
Doors open at 19 00. Tickets to the concert are available at Computicket at N$60 in advance and N$70 at the door.

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