By Faith Haushona-Kavamba
THE 21st World Music Day held in Windhoek last week exceeded expectations, with scores of revellers making their way to Palm Tree Park and later to the Warehouse Theatre.
The event was also celebrated in other towns, including Rundu, Katima Mulilo and Oshakati on the same day. Annually, communities all over the world celebrate the French originating Fête de la Musique on the day of the European summer solstice. Each year there are events in over 120 countries and 700 cities around the world. Typically this means that the music is brought out onto the streets, though venues are also encouraged to get in on the act.
With the line-up kicking off at 10a.m in Windhoek with the likes of Young Camel Kings, Mafere and the ADS, things appeared a tad slow as audiences trickled in slowly.
Things soon picked up at midday, with the park filling up in less than an hour, with the likes of the Formula Band, Blend, as well as Petu and the Generals, at the helm of entertaining the audience. The evening line-up was also just as exciting as people danced the night away to the sounds of the Savannah Afros, Priscilla ‘Dessert’ Queen and Ann Singer.
However it was the various stalls that stole the show, as various vendors selling clothing, accessories and food that made the experience wholly. What set their merchandise apart is the fact that most, if not all of them were homemade products, making them authentically Namibian.
Among the vendors was Maria Mokomele of Naledi Investments who sells beaded accessories, calabashes and cow hide codpieces (Omutjira, commonly worn by Herero boys).
“I decided to have a stall at this year’s World Music Day celebrations because I knew that I would have the opportunity to mingle with people from all walks of life, exchange cultural paraphernalia and also just learn from them,” Mokomele explained.
If this year’s event is anything to go by, it can only get bigger and better next year.
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