NAMIBIA has a galore of untapped and undiscovered talents. In the past two years or so, there has been a noticeable and significant rise in younger and livelier artists in all art disciplines.
It seems like the veterans are slowly giving way to the next generation of musicians, visual artists, actors, dancers, poets and producers. In music, the likes of Antonio, Lize Ehlers Gazza and The Dogg, have paved ways for some up-and-coming musicians to shine and grow under their wings.
The new assemble of musicians such as KP Illest, Monique English, Top Cheri, Treza, Jeiyo, DJ Shoza, Nga-I, Salvador, Young-T, House Guru Gang, TKB, Kalux, Athawise, Jaleel, LMPC just to mention a few, have all come and taken the music industry by storm and are slowly rising up the ranks as Namibia’s crème de la crème.
Last week, The Dogg announced that he entered the NAMAs, but did not make the cut, into any categories, except in Best Collaboration, where he is featured by KP Illest. This is clearly evident that the music game is changing and fresh batches of musicians are taking over.
Photography has also taken a turn for the better and many youthful photographers are staking the claim in the visual arts industry.
The FAVT exhibition, which ran from 23 January to 27 March at the Goethe-Institut, gave an opportunity to many new and up-and-coming artists to display their work. It included photography, installations, soundscapes, projections, text and performance art. This gave them a boost as many Namibians attended all these artistic activities and that gave exposure to many visual artists.
Think about it, if there is no art there will be no social change. And if art remains the same, no change will commence either.
The new generations of artists are bringing different ideas and this can ultimately shape or reshape the current state of the arts and culture industry.
Basically, artists are social entrepreneurs and they have the power to influence government policies on many issues such as poverty alleviation, educational equity, environmental health etc.
Government sometimes uses the influence of some artists, when they need to carry a certain message across to the nation.
All in all, the fresh new breed of artists can influence the country in many ways and we are seemingly waiting with batted breath to see what they have in store for us in the long run.
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