Top Namibian musicians set for Zimbabwe

The fifteen member Rumba and traditional music outfit Ndilimani will perform in three of Zimbabwe cities, Harare, Mutare and Bulawayo as part of that country’s independence anniversary. Popular for their dancing queens and liberation war-songs, Ndilimani are sure to steal the shows in Zimbabwe, as they did at Namibia’s 15th Independence Celebrations in Windhoek, with more than 15 heads of states in the crowd. For the second time in two years, Ndilimani will have Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe in the audience on the eve of Zimbabwe turning 26 on 18 April. Currently rocking Namibia with their fourth Volume, Predator, Ndilimani have promised Zimbabwe their best. “Harare will see the real Namibian Kwasa Kwasa”, said group leader, Jessy Nombanza. This will be their second time in Zimbabwe, having been at the Harare Gardens SADC Multipurpose Cultural Festival in 1995. “This time we have the experience because that time, Namibia was only five years old and we had never had international exposure, as such”, Nombanza told The Southern Times. The Ndilimani Cultural Troupe performed at the same SADC Festival in 2002 in South Africa. “We love our dancing and so do the fans”, said the Band leader whose group is made up of four dancing women and four male dancers. Predator has more than six danceable tunes besides the revolutionary choruses well known across Southern Africa during the struggle for Independence where Swapo, ANC, ZANU PF and Chama Chama Pinduzi fighters would sing in the bush and in Tanzania. Songs like ‘Ndjembo nayitope (let the gun fire), are popular across the region. Lazarus Shiimi, aka Gazza, arguably Namibia’s most successful artist in recent years, will be belting out his Kwaito trends at the Harare International Festival of Arts before leaving for a tour to Central Africa. The artist, who lured a historic 4000 fans at the launch of his third album last November in Windhoek, promised to set HIFA alight. It will be his first in Harare and his first show outside Namibia. According to the Franco Namibia Cultural Centre’s Rick Ndjoze, this is the first time that FNNC and HIFA have worked together “hence we decided to send our best on a relationship that might grow bigger”. His fast rise to stardom was catapulted by the song ‘Koko’ which stole the hearts of many and went on to scoop awards at last years’ Sanlam NBC Music Awards. His music which includes dancehall, ragga hip-hop and Kwaito is already receiving considerable airplay in South Africa, where he has won his own fan base.

April 2006
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