German hip-hop artistes, Mine and Edgar Wasser, would rap their way through Namibian towns from Tuesday to Friday next week, as part of the German Language Day.
The German Language Day is an initiative of the German Embassy in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Namibia and Otjiwarongo Secondary School.
Everyone is invited to attend the day and “learn more about German, discover the possibilities German language skills offer and take part in fun activities around the German language,” said the statement by Jan Wall from the German Embassy in Namibia.
The focus of the “German Language Day” will be on activities, games and cultural events revolving around the German language. There will be something for everyone, whether you already speak German or not.
The Mine and Edgar Wasser concert would take place on Tuesday, 20 September in Swakopmund, Wednesday 21 September in Otjiwarongo and on Friday 23 September in Katutura, Windhoek. All concerts are free. The actual day will be celebrated in Otjiwarongo on 21 September.
Edgar Wasser collaborated with Mine in 2015 on the song “Alien”, that deals with being different, isolation and xenophobia.
Supporting acts at the concert in Windhoek are local artistes K’Chinga and Sally ‘Boss Madam’.
Hip-hop artiste K’Chinga has gained a wide following in Namibia and Zambia. He is known for his street style and African hip-hop sound. Both his music and his beliefs are in line with the Ubuntu feel and modern street life of urban African youth. Working on his first album release, he has already gained popularity with songs such as “Stay Winning” and “One Kwacha”.
The closing act of the night is Namibian bombshell Sally ‘Boss Madam’. She has released two successful studio albums and continues to thrill her audience with electrifying performances. Her Afro fusion sound is inspired by Freshly Ground, Hill Song and Alanis. Her latest song “Natural” has already received over 80 000 clicks on YouTube.
Besides the hip-hop concert with the German band Mine and Edgar Wasser, the events would also feature fairytale reading with German Ambassador Christian Schlaga, colourful shows by the Otjiwarongo Secondary School, study suidance as well as a career fair and exhibitions.
The statement says Mine and Edgar Wasser represent German contemporary music and the German language, and that is why they have been invited to perform at the German Language Day.
Mine convinces her audience with discreet songwriting, a finely woven sound tapestry and powerful vocals. Her personal stories encourage her audience to think about themselves. Beyond all genre categories, her strong piano melodies are tuned with experimental omnichord sounds. Accompanied with leading drums, minimal guitar riffs and choir vocals her sound suggests a ghostly epic. Mine’s careful way of making music does not aim at moving great things, but rather aims at a return to the intimate intellectual world – back to ourselves.
Edgar Wasser is a rapper who presents a unique kind of humour, which his fans and critics term ironic, sarcastic or cynical. Nested sentences and massive skills have brought the Munich-hailing underground rapper to established stages and festivals – without unnecessary gimmicks and crazy marketing strategies.