MARYSE Ngalula and Elie Kamano from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) andGuinea respectively performed at the NTN Backstage Theatre on Tuesday this week.
The show took place in collaboration with the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC), the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) and Protea Hotels Namibia The pair made the stop in Windhoek as part of their tour of Africa.
Namibian, Congolese and Guinea fans that came to support the two, filled The NTN’s backstage theatre to the brim. The “who’s who” of the Namibian social scene were present at the show including the DRC ambassador to Namibia.
Hailing from the DRC in Central Africa, Maryse Ngalula has forged herself into a powerful musician through her advocacy for the empowerment of women.
She fuses traditional rhythms of the central DRC with blues, jazz and other African sonorities, such as Zulu music – influences from a stay for several years in South Africa. Elie Kamano from Guinea, West Africa is new to the music industry but has already started making his mark.
He initially started with hip-hop but found that his passion lay in reggae music. Elie Kamano is popularly known as ‘General Kamano’ in reference to his struggle against political abuse. He quickly became famous in his country after the release of his album “Parole de Fou”.
His songs often carry strong lyrics, denouncing the evils that undermine Africa and hamper its development. Elemotho, who won this year’s RFI competition, where the two visiting artists were alsofinalists, performed with them at the concert.
The recurring theme in the collaborations was on Africa’s suffering and the fight against it. The concert showed a true spirit of unity with all the people who came to support while at the same time also educational.
Perhaps what stood out the most about the performances and made the show unique was the use of an electronic Balafone, which made their sounds unique.