The highpoint on Windhoek’s social calender, the annual Windhoek Jazz Festival takes place once again on November 5 with new and exciting local and international artists topping the list of performers scheduled to perform.
The hugely popular annual event takes place at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium this year with international artists, such as South Africa’s Nathi Mankayi, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Roman and Julian Wassefur from Germany, and Elisa Rodrigues from Portugal headlining the show.
The international artiste would be sharing the stage with the likes of Big Ben, Fu Jazz Band, Suzy Eises, Swingers Jazz Band and Chikune.
The announcement of the artists was made at the official launch of the Festival on Wednesday evening at Windhoek’s popular eatery and culinary school, Nice Restaurant, where Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa was also announced as the patron this year’s Windhoek Jazz Festival.
Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua, in a statement read on his behalf by Matheus Amadhila, the chairperson of management committee, underlined the importance of music in our daily life, saying it cannot be over emphasised, as it is a way of expressing feelings and emotions.
Kazapua also said jazz music in its various genres in Namibia is a growing brand, which many are able to relate to.
“Testimony to this is the interest shown by the public to participate in the Windhoek Jazz Festival since its inception. The hosting of the Windhoek Jazz Festival, therefore, continues to significantly contribute to uplifting Windhoek’s status as a vibrant and artistic city,” he said.
“It should be noted that hosting an event of this magnitude comes with its own set of challenges, and our hopes are that we bring a unique event every year, that leaves you with memorable memories. I’m confident that together we can ensure that the event continues to grow from strength to strength,” he said.
Gates will open at 15h00. Tickets to the festival are available at Computicket outlets countrywide for N$250. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment on the day of the event.