By Jeoffrey Mukubi
NAMIBIA is in for a special treat, when South African superstars Ringo Madlingozi and Mi Casa headline the Windhoek Jazz Festival, which is slated for 4 November at the Independence Stadium.
Ringo has millions of followers in South Africa, on the African continent and around the world.
He burst onto the scene during the Shell Road to Fame contest, with his friends and fellow band members, Peto, back in 1986. Today he has proved to be a constant crowd-puller at concerts, and remains a firm favourite with his fans.
Mi Casa is a house band based in Johannesburg, which was formed in 2011. A few months later, they released an album titled Micasa Music, which went on to win won several awards at the 18th Annual MTN South Africa Music Awards in 2012.
Ringo and Mi Casa’s headlining of this year’s Windhoek Jazz Festival was announced last week by City of Windhoek Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kahimise, at the official launch of the festival.
The local line-up includes Erna Chimu, Liz Ehlers, Suzy Eises, Big Ben, Major 7 and Willeam Peterson.
The launch was held on the top floor of the Avani Windhoek Hotel.
Kahimise, who was the master of ceremonies at the event, welcomed the artists, sponsors, councillors and media that were present, by saying, “The hosting of the Windhoek Jazz Festival continues to significantly contribute to uplifting Windhoek’s status as a vibrant and artistic city, suited to transforming the City of Windhoek to become a smart and caring city by the year 2022.”
The City’s Acting Manager of Corporate Communication, Marketing and Public Participation, Lydia Amutenya thanked the sponsors, including Windhoek Lager, Standard Bank, Glenlivet distillery, Air Namibia, Avani Windhoek Hotel and Casino, Adforce and 99FM.
Windhoek Lager is sponsoring the event to the tune of N$650 000, while Standard Bank has sponsored a further N$450 000.
“It is because of the potential you see in the Windhoek Jazz Festival that you opted for your reputable companies to be associated with this event,” Amutenya said.
Suzy Eises concluded the launch event with her soothing saxophone jazz tunes.
The Windhoek Jazz Festival is one of the biggest events on the Namibian entertainment calendar.
It primarily caters for jazz lovers, but is also an event that the whole family can enjoy, and is built around a safe and wholesome environment.
The first-ever Windhoek Jazz Festival took place in 2012,
and over the years, the event has hosted local and
international artists galore, including Lira, Nathi and Freshly Ground.
Tickets for the event are available at www. eventstoday.com.na or at Airtime City vending machines across the country for N$250 each. VIP tickets are for invited guests only.
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