Freshly Ground where announced as the headline act for this year’s Windhoek Jazz festival yesterday evening.
The Windhoek Jazz Festival was officially launched last Night at an event at Namibia Breweries in Northern Industrial.
Formed in 2002, Freshly Ground is made up of seven musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Led by the dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band has won several international awards for their brand of groovy music.
The band is made up of Peter Cohen (drums), Josh Hawks (bass), guitarist Julio Sigauque, keyboardist Seredeal Scheepers, Simon Attwell (flute, mbira, sax and harmonica) and violinist Kyla Rose Smith.
The local artists are: Shishani also performed at the Windhoek Jazz Festival in 2012. A singer – song writer loved for her laid back and sultry feel. Not only is her music beautiful and comforting, it also addresses social issues. Her solo career took flight upon her return to Namibia in 2011. Her song ‘Minority’ was nominated for Best Single Non-Album and Best Music Video at the 2013 Namibian Annual Music Awards. Erna Chimu is well-known for her fusion of afro-jazz filled with deep, mellow tones and a surprising burst of energy; is also reining Namibian Music Award 2014 female artists of the year. Mr. Bones has started music at a very early age; he formed the band "Hot Ones" for two years and then joined the Weekend band in 1980 where they entertained a variety of people. He has recorded his first album in 2007 entitled "Tula Tula". Big Ben has established himself as a musical legend in Namibia and recently won the best instrumentation/jazz award at the Namibian Annual Music Awards 2013; the Afro-Pop and Afro-Fusion’s is most celebrated performing artist to date with a track record of concerts filled to capacity.
The local upcoming acts such as Essence will also perform at this years’ Windhoek Jazz Festival. ESsence is a quartet consisting of some of the most talented and versatile female singers in Namibia. They are Esme, Johne’, Avo, Shevon. Each member brings a different experience, vocal range and abilities that blend into the tight vocal presentation, harmonies, soulful melodies and musical experience. The group has established itself as a core ingredient of live music performance, promotion and development around the country. Last but not least is Uncle who started making full time music in 2004, and worked with various local artists in the music industry. He performed with bands like the weekend band & the ugly creatures. According to the Jazz Festival organisers.