Organisers expect award-winning Zimbabwean reggae-dancehall artist Winky D to bring the city to life when he headlines the African Music and Arts Festival tomorrow at the Zoo Park Amphitheatre.
Hosted under the theme, ‘Celebrating our Diversity, Heritage and Culture’, the festival is a celebration of Africa`s unity and culture through music and art for Namibians and Africans at large to express their diversity and heritage.
Namibia will host the event, organised by Mindscape Events cc, for the first time and it is billed as one of the most hyped and anticipated annual music and arts events in the country ever.
Visual arts performances by Namibian artists such as Sally and Savannah Afros form part of the event.
“In a world of diversity where values often clash, music leaps across language barriers and unites people of quite different cultural backgrounds. And so, through music, all people can come together to make the world a more harmonious place,” one of the organisers, Mudi Pontac, says.
He adds that the festival aims to develop musicians by providing an artistic platform that will give their talents exposure nationally and internationally.
“We look forward to creating a festival with a difference that will blend fun and economic benefit, and where food vendors can give festival goers a taste of African cuisine.
“There will also be art and craft stalls as well as photography sessions with people from different cultures. Collectively, the music ecosystem generates rich social, cultural and economic benefits,” Pontac says.
Winky D, who is well known for his energy on stage and his hit song ‘Disappear’, has released five albums featuring many hits that have gained him fans across the world.
He has toured countries such as South Africa, Botswana, the United Kingdom, USA, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
He has shared stages with renowned artists such as Micasa, Mafikizolo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Beenie Man, Busy Signal and Buffalo Soldier.
They have specially designed the African music festival to incorporate a wide range of music genres. Tickets for the event are N$200 and the event starts at 14h00 in the afternoon.