23 Jun 2013 04:30
OSHAKATI, 23 JUN (NAMPA) - The northern town of Oshakati on Saturday joined people around the globe in celebrating World Music Day, which is celebrated worldwide on 21 June every year.
Oshakati Mayor Onesmus Shilunga officiated at the celebration.
?This day goes along with the notion of free music on the streets in over 110 countries and in approximately 430 cities around the world,? Shilunga told those in attendance.
He went on to say World Music Day has enjoyed political support from the onset in 1982, when it started in Paris, France under the concept ?Fete de la Musique?, which is a music festival.
?It was the advocacy of the then French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, who conceived the concept in 1981. Since then, the day has been celebrated each year as World Music Day,? Shilunga pointed out.
The day is now a world phenomenon which features amateur and professional artists performing on the streets, in squares and in public places at no cost.
He noted that music is commonly referred to as ?food for the soul? due to the weight of the messages carried by the singers, and also because music through World Music Day promotes peace and spreads goodwill.
He said he believes music builds a trend in human development, especially by influencing political decisions. ?I wish to encourage our artists, especially the upcoming ones, to try all they can to ensure that their musical work has meanings and messages, instead of loud sounds with no meaning,? he noted.
This, Shilunga said, will enhance the love of local music.
?The main focus of this day is to accord the upcoming artists an opportunity to take to the stage and be recognised,? he noted.
He used the same occasion to urge individuals not to make copies of other musicians? work, saying it is a criminal act which he personally condemns.
Speaking at the same event, field inspector of the Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (Nascam), Kanyele Shimwandi told the gathering that his society strives to take action against any piracy in the local music industry.
?We are there to ensure the protection of the rights of our artists and their musical work against piracy,? he pointed out.
Coordinator of the event, Remind Ekandjo of Remind Trade Enterprises, said some 50 artists from all over northern Namibia performed in Saturday?s show.