Classic and urban music at this year’s Windhoek Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers will get a taste of classic and modern hits at this year’s Windhoek Jazz Festival slated to take place on 5 November at the Hage Geingob Stadium.
 
Iconic South African music couple Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu, Afro-soul artist Nathi Mankayi, Roman and Julian Wassefur from Germany and Elisa Rodrigues from Portugal will headline the festival and share the stage with local artists Big Ben, Chikune, Suzy Eises, Fu Jazz Band and the Swingers Jazz Band.
 
Semenya and Mbulu are famous for hits Angelina, Ziphi Inkomo and 90s music lovers can look forward to Mbulu performing her hit song Amakhamandela (Not yet Uhuru). The songstress earlier this year revealed to South African media that she is currently working on her new album.
 
According to the festival organizers, the public can expect a much bigger and better festival as it is the City of Windhoek’s commitment to ensure that the event improves and grows in leaps and bounds.
 
Nathi Mankayi of the popular Nomvula track is known as the guy that went from prison to the top charts.  He surprised music critics when he scooped five awards at this year’s South Africa Music Awards (SAMAs) following the success of his debut album Buyelakhaya.
 
Rodrigues is one of the most sensational discoveries in Portuguese music in recent years.  She has won the respect of critics and fans alike.
 
Following the launch of her debut album Heart Mouth Dialogues, she has performed at some of the most prestigious events in her native country, including the Vodafone Mexefest, Cool Jazz festival, Douro Jazz and many other music festivals.
 
Briefing the media at the official launch of the Windhoek Jazz Festival on Wednesday, Chairperson of the City of Windhoek Management Committee, Matheus Amadhila, underlined the importance of music in today’s world. 
 
“Music is well known for the vital role it plays in our daily life.  It is a way of expressing our feelings and emotions. Music is a way to escape life, which gives us relief in pain and helps us to reduce the stress of the daily routine.
 
“It helps us to calm down; and even excites us in the moment of joy. Its powerful nature allows us to have a common understanding and can unite nations without looking at geographical boundaries. In short, music is being used by individuals to enhance the quality of their lives,” he said.
 
The Windhoek Jazz festival is arguably one of Namibia’s biggest and most popular one day music events.
 
In previous years, the festival has attracted an audience of over 4000 people, and this year the organizers are hoping for an even bigger crowd.
 
Tickets are available at Computicket for N$250 in advance. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets well in advance to avoid inconveniences on the day of the event. Doors open at 15H00.
 
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