The City of Windhoek in partnership with its sponsors namely, Windhoek Lager, Jameson, Air Namibia, 99 FM and Adforce will once again host the prestigious Windhoek Jazz Festival at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on Saturday, the 24th of October 2015 from 15h00 till late. Tickets for the event are ONLY available at CompuTicket outlets countrywide for N$250 in advance and no tickets will be sold at the gate.
The public can expect a much bigger festival and the organizers are working on introducing more interactivity at the event. There is going to be a Selfie Corner – where fans will be taking selfies as they enter the gates and upload them onto their social media platforms. It is believed, will make the festival more lively and interactive.
In addition, there is also going to be SMS Scrolls on Screens – whereby fans will be posting dedications, comments and shouts outs to their friends, which will appear on the screens thus enhancing the festival experience. Gates open at 15h00. Festivalgoers are reminded that NO PETS, WEAPONS, DRINKS or FOOD will be allowed to enter the stadium. Only EMPTY COOL BOXES with NO ICE will be allowed. Ice will be sold at the Bar inside the venue. Fans can bring along their Camping Chairs and Blankets.
The headline for this year’s festival is the critically acclaimed singer/ songwriter and guitarist JONATHAN BUTLER. His music is often classified as Jazz-fusion with R&B. Born and raised in Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa, during the Apartheid era, Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. Racial segregation and poverty during Apartheid has been the subject of many of his records. Jonathan’s first single broke down racial barriers, becoming the first song by a black artist to be played by white radio stations in South Africa. His commitment to his craft paid off with his self-titled debut album, which received a Grammy for the pop hit “Lies”.
The FU JAZZ BAND is an eclectic group of professional musicians from different walks of life who have three things in common – supreme craftsmanship, total freedom of improvisation and an insatiable lust for Jazz. The names imply the fusion of various music styles including African sounds combined with international jazz.
LISE EHLERS is a commemorated Namibian singer songwriter. Lize is a 12 time Namibian Annual Music Awards Nominee for Fairy Circle Love (2011), African Cleavage (2012), uuyelele (2013) and Best Live performer & best Single Non Album Woestynroos (2014) and Change (2015). As recipient of the best Actress Award in Namibia (2007-2008), Lize works in various forms of art.
SEAN K is one of Namibia’s premier Jazz, Neo Soul and Funk musicians. He launched his first single, “smiling”, in 2011, which signified the start of his career as a Namibian musician. His music is inspired by sounds that range from Funk, Jazz to Afro-beat and Gospel. Sean’s music offerings are rich, varied and always cutting edge.
DIXON is a Namibian singer/songwriter with three solo albums to his name: “This is me”, Thank you, and his latest Strong. His debut album won him two awards at the 2012 Namibia Annual Music Award in the best Ma/gaisa category with the song/Namsaro as well as most disciplined artist of the year. Dixon believes that a certain element of his music always touch base with his roots.
HHP – Hip Hop Pansula is a renowned South African MotswakoMC. HHP is well known for tracks such as Harambe and his creative live acts. He has performed at jazz events such as the Afro Jazz & Soul Picnic in South Africa.
ZEN-ZO has a voice that is reminiscent of a great African artist from the Congo DRC – Lokua Kanza. He is inspired by top African musicians including Lokua Kanza, Youssou N’Dour Richard Bona and Ringo Madlingozi. He sings in Damara En passant and has acquired numerous instrumental skills that range from marimbas, the mbira, piano, guitar and the African djembe