Windhoek Jazz Festival launched

26 Jul 2013 08:40
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) - South African musicians Hugh Masekela and Zahara will grace the stage during the 2013 Windhoek Jazz Festival on 26 October at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
Masekela is known for his extensive jazz background, and is an internationally-acclaimed South African trumpeter, flugel-hornist, composer and singer, amongst others.
Zahara, born Bulelwa Mkutukana, is a songwriter and poet, and well-known for her debut album ‘Loliwe’ released in 2011. She won several awards for that album.
The event is expected to be bigger and better, and will also serve as a ‘welcoming event’ for delegates attending the Adventure World Travel Summit (ATWS), which also takes place in October, Windhoek Deputy Mayor Muesee Kazapua said during the launching of the festival here on Thursday night.
Kazapua was speaking on behalf of Windhoek Mayor Agnes Kafula.
Last year, about 3 000 people flocked to the Hage Geingob Stadium to enjoy the festival.
Kafula said the annual jazz concert has become so popular that it attracts people from all walks of life, not only from the capital, but also from all corners of the country.
“It is also important to note that due to its increasing magnitude and evolution of jazz music, there is significant scope for the involvement of more stakeholders as it evolves to a truly noteworthy Windhoek event.
The event will create a platform for economic growth and business development, and will significantly contribute to evaluating Windhoek's status as a cultural and artistic vibrant city,” she noted.
Local artists who will also participate during the event include Elemotho, Big Ben, Fu-Jazz All Stars, Erna Chimu, MoJ’s, Sharon-Unplugged, Ama-Khoe and Mahetage.
Meanwhile, the first-ever Windhoek Jazz Festival website, www.windhoekjazzfestival.com.na, was also unveiled during the event.
The City of Windhoek is hosting the jazz festival with the support of Old Mutual, Windhoek Lager, Air Namibia, 99 FM, Jameson, Ad Force and the National Arts Council of Namibia.
Tickets are available at Computicket outlets for N.dollars 200, and will be sold at the gate for N.dollars 250.
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