By Jeoffrey Mukubi
As has been the order of the day or year, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on many industries, especially the entertainment industry. Many places that served as platforms for musicians were closed due to the state of emergency restrictions and Chopis’s Bar was not exempted from its wrath, prompting the once very popular establishment to close.
“We had almost close to 40 employees and from that, I have about four people left working for Chopsi’s Bar, so it has not been easy for us. We have not paid some of the employees even here at the Kitchen in months,” said Tshoopara Tshoopara who is the owner of Chopsi’s Bar.
Although the Chopsi’s closed its doors at the Old Breweries complex due to no payment of rent, Tshoopara has assured its clients that there will be the last dance in a form of three days of fun and fair at the Zoo Park as of today 12 November until Saturday 14 November.
“The Zoo is a concept that is intended to help the arts industry in Namibia. We want to introduce not only live musical performances but also theatre events and recreational activities for children. This project is designed to help us make money to pay our employees and also pay some bills, it also serves as a platform for artists to perform as well,” Tshoopara said.
The event is scheduled to see about 39 artists grace the stage in its entirety. The likes of seasoned musicians such as Big Ben, Exit, Tulisan and Oteya are also set to perform.
According to Liquid Events Marketer January Ivula, the day will also allow local SME’s to book a stall as their expected to be at full capacity for the duration of the three-day farewell.
“We will also officially let the public know where the New Chopsi’s venue will be located on the last day of the event,” said Ivula.
N$ 50 grants one access to the event, N$ 30 for students who present their student cards and free for children under the age of 16.