Southern Times’ music fest a hit


Windhoek –  The Southern Times last week concluded its 10th anniversary celebration in style, with a summer house festival that featured some of South Africa’s celebrated disc jockeys (DJs|) alongside their Namibian counterparts at the Windhoek Showgrounds.

The well-attended music show on September 6 was preceded by a glitzy gala dinner on September 3, at which guests were serenaded by Zimbabwean music superstar, Oliver Mtukudzi and a Namibian outfit, Essence.

Mtukudzi, one of the most prolific African musicians popular for hits like ‘Todii’ and ‘Ndima Ndapedza’, treated the guests – among them top government officials, politicians and business leaders ‑ to live music, with wingman, Sam Mataure, on drums.

The 3 000-odd music enthusiasts got to sample locally brewed DJs, when KFC DJs – among them DJ Cellos Deep and DJ Ambizzy ‑ lit up the stage and brought revellers on their feet.

South African DJs also lived up to their top billing.

Most young revellers were thrilled at the opportunity to witness their favourite DJs from across the Orange River perform. The house went wild, especially female revellers, when DJ Zinhle took the stage. DJ Zinhle, one of the few female entertainers ruling the roost on the South African music scene and the first female DJ in that country to release a house album, brought down the house.

Her counterparts – DJ Kent, DJ Clock and DJ Cindo ‑ also put up spectacular shows, blasting out beats from both the old and new school of hip hop to the ever-popular house music.

DJ Kent and DJ Clock showed their mastery at the deck, with the crowd showing them much love – by singing along, while breaking their backs on the dance floor. 

The show went on until the early hours of Sunday.

The event that concluded The Southern Times’ 10th anniversary celebration, turned out to be one of the biggest music shows in recent memory, by Namibian entertainment standards.

The show was organised by the NamZim (publisher of The Southern Times) team, with technical assistance from Global Entertainment. – See also page 37

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