Namibians in concert mood
This year’s road show is expected to sweep across the country with its continuous seven-hour world class concerts. Featuring Kora awards nominee Stella Kaventji, the Welwitschia Music Tour 2006 will be staged in five Namibian towns and will feature live music performances by other local music heavyweights who include Phura and Stanley. According to Tour organiser Andre Gariseb, the 2006 edition is unique in its ability to assemble popular music genres “that cater for its diverse audience”. The swa-swa, kizomba, shambo, reggae, kwaito and afro-pop genres that the more than 15 artists will combine guarantee a fun-filled and joyful music experience. The tour began in Oranjemund over the weekend and will end at the Zoo Park in the capital on May 05. “Last year we underestimated the Windhoek fan base, but this year we will go head on in satisfying our fans from the capital,” said Gariseb. Phura, Stella, Mr Price, Danger Soul are among the artists expected launch new albums during the week-long tour. For the Kora Nominee, Okurama-Kwe temba was her best release to date and more is expected of her this year. The Phura-Stella chemistry on stage was electrifying for the whole of last year in their joint shows. The two-year old tour has the potential to become a national event, according to Gariseb as it is the only show, “that finishes with only Namibian musicians through out”. Most of the artistes at the tour are from the WMP stable and Gariseb does not foresee invitations to international artists at the moment as “they already enjoy massive international exposure”. The generous sponsorship of N$15 000 from the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) and technical backing from Namibia Broadcasting Co-operation (NBC) and the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) demonstrates the authentic support to the development of Namibian arts and culture, which simultaneously will motivate and empower young people with skills and knowledge in the industry.