Finalists in the Miss Republic of Namibia (MRoN) contest to be held on 3 March in Windhoek, prepared cultural documentaries as a part of a judging category that is one quarter of the total scores during the competition.
Aside from being a part of the road to the MRoN crown, the documentaries represent an insightful journey into the wonders of Namibian music, song and dance.
Complementing the 2018 pageant theme, “There is no rhythm without movement, no movement without sound,” the 14 finalists spent weeks filming their documentaries that will each be complemented by a research paper.
The TV-style documentaries were filmed in seven regions in Namibia as per the choice of the contestants. Filming spanned over three weeks in Hardap, Omaheke, Khomas, Kavango East, Ohangwena, Omusati and Erongo.
Each documentary is unique and focuses on various aspects of the various traditions and cultures in Namibia. They highlight how traditional dance costumes are made and how traditional instruments are made.
The contestants also conducted interviews with various knowledge keepers in different communities.
The documentaries and research papers will be presented to two different judging panels that will determine the overall special award winner in the Eminent Woman Award category.
One of the contestants, Nancy Garoes said her documentary, titled “A girl’s confusion, the nation’s celebration”, is aimed at the first day of the girl’s menstruation cycle. “It explains how Damara people used to celebrate this sign of womanhood with cultural music and dance,” Garoes said.
Ute-yan Smith explained that her documentary “Diversity in our musical Heritage” focuses on the influence of musical elements on modern day music of the young artist, Ndeletu Muyenga.
In Smith’s documentary, Muyenga explains how and why an African drum is made.
“He went through the technical process explaining to us how a drum is used by the different ethnic groups in Namibia. I think embracing traditional music celebrates who you are as an individual and it makes a powerful statement when we do that as a collective.”
Magdalena Haingua focused on the the cultural dance and attire of the Kavango people. “I concentrated on repertoires where young people are allowed to participate as well as the different types of attires they are allowed to wear. I liked filming because I enjoyed wearing my traditional attire and I love the songs and the sound of the drums,” she said.
The winner of the 2018 Miss Republic of Namibia (MRoN) beauty pageant will be crowned on 3 March at the NamPower Convention Centre in Windhoek.