Kalahari Sands Hosts Fiesta Latina
Posted by Rob
From New Era, Namibia
3rd May 2012
The Kalahari Sands Hotel & Casino, Ondjila Y’Ondjaba in collaboration with a number of independent local artists have joined forces to present regular Sunday lunch concerts at the hotel’s revamped Dunes Restaurant.
This is the perfect setting for a relaxing hour or two on Sundays during mid-day, where the musical and the culinary senses are being tickled concurrently. This Sunday the Dunes Restaurant launches the concerts between 12h30 to 14h30 with a Fiesta Latina, a tango-rumba-cha-cha-bossa-nova-samba-con-salsa music project featuring Uli Busch on guitar and vocals, Jesus Lasso on violin & vocals and Christopher West on percussion. The group aptly manages to reconstruct a veritable Cuban “Buena Vista Social Club” atmosphere, offering pure listening pleasure – even inviting to dance.
Ulrich Busch received classical guitar training at the Hochschule Für Künste in Bremen, Germany and was taken through the ropes of solo guitar rendition by Frank Bungarten, Hanover. Jesus Lasso Rey is a Spanish national, who studied classical violin at the conservatoire of Burgos from age 7 through 22. His passion lies in modern arrangements of traditional Spanish and Celtic folk music. Christopher West was a teacher of percussion at the College of the Arts 1990 – 2005. He partnered as dancer with Anita Ortiz and her Spanish Dance Company, presenting Spanish folklore dance – cum music spectacles.
The show is conceptualised and arranged by Uli Busch with music from Villa Lobos to Gypsie Kings, Jobim to Conselo Velasquez and Buena Vista Social Club. The group ‘throws in’ popular ballads from Alanis Morissette to Stevie Wonder to break up the program from time to time. The sound is kept at a non-imposing level throughout – allowing patrons to listen in and/or hold a natural lunch time conversation.
The restaurant buffet offers a wide selection of meat, fish, seafood, fresh salads and vegetables – complete with starter, desert and coffee or tea. At a fixed rate per person one may order everything the heart desires and as much as the belly can take. No cover charge is asked for the music. Doors open at 12h30 and the show kicks off at 12h30. For bookings please contact the Dunes Restaurant at Tel 280 0344 at the Kalahari Sands Hotel & Casino.
About RobBorn and educated in Zimbabwe, Africa, I grew up with in an environment much different from the one that I find I now live in. In some ways I find that the third world has a more appropriate sense of moral standards in comparison to the so called first world. When you are brought up in an environment that expects you to be totally self sufficient and prepared to make your own destiny you develop a strong sense of Entrepreneurship early on in life. You learn a “can do” attitude and become multi skilled. I have been amazed to find that living in a first world country so many people have little or no ambition in life. There is no sense of pride in achievement and everyone follows a set pattern because it is unthought-of to break societies trends. What is the purpose of going to university to become a travel agent? Why spend years educating yourself to sell yourself short at the first hurdle. True visionaries have learnt in this claustrophobic society of the first world to think outside the box. Measured success has come from individuals that learnt to apply themselves through hard work and the ability to see an opportunity and apply themselves accordingly. I was educated in a country that has a record internationally as having a society that are regarded as being the most highly educated people in Africa. That is not to say that they are academically perfect, but they have a practical knowledge that sets them aside as being unique in their ability to take what they learn around them and apply it to their own circumstances to adapt and be successful in ways other societies cannot. I am proud to be a part of this community, and proud of my heritage. As an individual I have learnt over time to have an appreciation for things I never quite understood before I was subjected to the big bad world. I am most certainly not perfect, and far from where I would like to be at in my life, but it is a journey along many roads, and with many adventures and tribulations along the way. Those of you that join me on this blog will find the thoughts, feelings and ideas that this journey generates for me. So I welcome you, and if you like what you read, give me a shout, I would be glad to hear your thoughts and opinions.
Posted on May 5, 2012, in News and tagged Buena Vista Social Club, Dunes Restaurant, Fiesta Latina, Jesus Lasso, Kalahari Sands Hotel, Namibian Music, Uli Busch. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.