11 Jun 2013 08:00
WINDHOEK, 11 JUN (NAMPA) - Namibia will be joining the rest of the world in celebrating World Music Day on 22 June this year.
A media statement issued by the communications officer at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Center (FNCC) Irmi Roder here on Monday said this years' World Music Day will be celebrated in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Oshakati and Keetmanshoop.
Roder explained that Windhoek sports an exciting line-up of live music performances only, while Swakopmund, Oshakati and Keetmanshoop will have a mixed programme of live and backing-track performances.
She therefore advised visitors to come early during the day to enjoy the free show, since there will be no ?main acts? at the end of the programme.
?The line-up is a mix of upcoming and established artists of all kinds of genres spread over the full concert duration of 10 hours,? she stated.
In Windhoek, performances by TONETiC, Penilane, Erna Chimu, Famaz Attack, Lize Ehlers, Essence and the Heritage Band, Percival Rinquest and Shemyetu can be expected, but the programme also features a few surprise acts of upcoming groups or individuals, she said.
The FNCC has received over 160 registrations in total for the event.
In the regions, Roder explained, most artists who registered managed to receive a performance slot, and Windhoek-based musicians had to audition to select the best groups from close to 70 aspiring candidates.
The Windhoek concert will be held at the Palmtree Park next to the train station in Bahnhof Street.
Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs along and are welcome to bring picnic and cooler boxes, although drinks and braai meat will be sold on site, she said.
Oshakati?s concert will be held at the Piccadilly Centre next to the open market and in Swakopmund, World Music Day will be celebrated at the Vineta Sports Field, while in Keetmanshoop the event will take place at the Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre.
?This year is the 18th year in a row that FNCC facilitates World Music Day in Namibia,? Roder noted.
The French originating Féte de la Musique (World Music Day) is celebrated annually across the world on the day of European summer solstice (21 June).
All artists perform for free and all concerts are free of charge for the public.
The event is supported by the National Arts Council of Namibia, dbAudio, Base FM, West Coast FM, and the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN).