WINDHOEK, 16 MAY – The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Cluster in Namibia launched the first-ever EUNIC Music Festival in Namibia, here on Wednesday.
The festival, which is to become an annual event, is scheduled to take place here on 26 May 2018.
According to a joint media statement issued by the Goethe-Institut Namibia and Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in partnership with the European
Union (EU), the EUNIC Music Festival aims to give Namibian musicians the opportunity to exchange knowledge with their European counterparts.
It explained that the music industry in Namibia is sporadic and hungry for inspiration to propel local musicians onto the international stage.
“The local music scene is vibrant and we have identified the genres of hip hop, soul and funk as those with potential for international cooperation,” stated the statement.
Local musician who scooped the award for the Best Hip Hop category at the 2018 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMA)s, KP Illest, whose real name is Nikanor Kamaaizemi Hoveka and rapper Lioness, whose real name is La-Toya Mwoombola will share the stage alongside French DJ Crabbe, Portuguese Hip-Hop musician Valas and dancer group Chefboss from Germany.
DJ Crabbe presents a mix of classics and the latest beats pumping on the dancefloors across France, but with a unique inclusion of traditional African rhythms.
Valas presents a diverse set of soulful lyrics that have made it across more than 100 festivals in Europe, while Chefboss and their group of flexible dancers light up any stage with a phat bass and dancehall rhythm.
The statement also said the EU is committed to supporting actions that unlock the potential of culture and creativity in such a way that it promotes social and economic development between countries and people.