By Anastasia Paulus
WINDHOEK – This year’s edition of the Windhoek Jazz Festival will be held on November 4, with the internationally acclaimed South African singer, Ringo Madlingozi and popular house music outfit – Mi Casa expected to headline the annual event.
The festival, organised by the City of Windhoek is one of the popular events in the Namibian social calendar. This year’s festival was recently launched in the capital.
Local acts including Liz Ehlers, Big Ben, Erna Chimu, Major 7, Suzy Eises and Willeam Peterson are billed to perform at the show.
Big Ben and Suzy Eises were among those who performed at the last year’s event, which was held at Hage Geingob stadium, while South African jazz finest – Nathi Makanyi, Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu featured as international guest performers. The festival has been growing in popularity, thanks to the support from big money sponsors which includ Standard Bank Namibia.
Once again, the bank has come on board, with an impressive sponsorship of R450 000 to the event.
Surihe Gaomas-Guchu, the bank’s public relations and communications manager has expressed satisfaction to be part of the lifestyle event that seeks to not only entertain but also provide a platform for local artiste to showcase their talent.
“As we all know, music is universal as it brings people from all walks of life together. Music not only unites the nation but also as we know our artists are enabled to share their talent with the nation and through their hard work they too can contribute to the upliftment of our economy,” she said in a statement issued by the bank.
In the same statement, Councillor Joseph Kauandenge, the Windhoek City Council’ Advisory Committee on Tourism, Culture and Public Relations thanked Standard Bank and other sponsors for their unwavering support to the event.
He emphasised the importance of the festival that: “Music is a way to escape life, which gives us relief from pain and helps us to reduce the stress of the daily routine.
“Its powerful nature allows us to have a common understanding and can unite nations without looking at geographical boundaries. In short, music is being used by individuals to enhance the quality of their lives”.