WINDHOEK, APRIL 5 – U.S. Embassy Windhoek invites the public to celebrate the American culture of jazz music during two live performances by “The Myrna Clayton Experience” who will also be joined by Namibian jazz-legend, Suzy Eises. The band’s visit to Namibia in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month is made possible through the U.S. State Department’s Arts Envoy program, which shares the best of America’s arts community with the rest of the world to foster cultural understanding.
Jazz Appreciation Month is celebrated every year in April in the United States, in honour of jazz as an early American art form. Arriving in Namibia on Sunday, April 7, the band will perform for youth at Dagbreek School in Klein Windhoek, Hope Village in Katutura, and Mao Zedong School in Katutura, and will also interact with musicians at the American Cultural Centre and music students at the College of the Arts in Windhoek.
Entrance is free for both performances by The Myrna Clayton Experience and Suzie Eises. The first is on Wednesday, April 10 at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) followed by the final performance on Friday, April 12 at the Warehouse Theatre. Both performances will start at 20:00 and the public is
encouraged to arrive no later than 19:30. Tickets are available for pickup – max two per person – from the American Cultural Centre on the third floor of the Sanlam Building, located at the corner of Independence Avenue and Fidel Castro Street.
Tickets can also be picked at the Warehouse box office. Nothing compares to the live performances of America’s Songbird, Myrna Clayton. Audiences around the world get up to dance when she sings, mesmerized by her soul-filled, profound musical message for all.
Myrna’s entertaining and uplifting performances are unforgettable. In addition to numerous other international performances, The Myrna Clayton Experience had the opportunity to represent the American Music Abroad program in 2018 at U.S. Embassies in the Baltic Region: Lithuania, Latvia,
Belarus, Estonia, and Maldova. They were selected as one of ten bands out of 400 who competed from 40 states. Now honoured as cultural ambassadors, The Myrna Clayton Experience has first-hand knowledge of the vital importance of cultural exchange and its impact on social change.
The members of The Myrna Clayton Experience are: Myrna Clayton (vocals). Marcus Williams (drums),
Joel Powell (upright/electric bass), Gary Harris (tenor sax and ewe), and William Menefield (piano). – NDN Staffer