By Confidente Reporter
THE European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) cluster in Namibia officially launched the EUNIC Music Festival last week in Windhoek, which is scheduled to take place at the Warehouse Theatre on 26 May 2018.
The event is set to feature two Namibian Hip Hop artists namely KP Illest and Lioness, who both expressed their joy and appreciation to share the stage with three European artists. According to the organizers, the EUNIC Music Festival will aim to be more than just another ordinary music concert as it will give Namibian musicians the opportunity to exchange knowledge, skills and music with invited musicians from Europe.
The three European artist are French Deejay DJ Crabbe, Portuguese rapper Valas and from Germany dancehall duo Chefboss.“This is an exciting initiative that we hope provides Namibian and European musicians with the opportunity to exchange their creativity and skills. The music industry in Namibia is sporadic and hungry for inspiration that propels local musicians onto the international stage,” said the deputy coordinator of Centro Diogo Cão, Angelina Costa, who together with the Goethe-Institute of Namibia and the Franco- Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in partnership with the European Union (EU) Delegation to Namibia decided to organize the festival.
Costa also mentioned that there will be various master classes that will be offered for free at the College of the Arts on the day of the festival by the visiting European acts.
“We hope the master classes initiate that drive, while entertaining the public and introducing European artists to the scene in Namibia,” Costa continued. EU ambassador to Namibia Jana Hybaskova said that the European Union is committed to support actions that unlock the potential of culture and creativity as a way to promote social and economic development, as well as dialogue and understanding between countries and people.
“We are very excited about the first ever 2018 EUNIC Music Festival that will take place in Namibia, bringing together a variety of European artists as well as Namibian artists,” Hybaskova said.
“Let us share and celebrate our diversity and let it be a bridge that will bring us closer to each other.” She said.
The European line-up is a vivid combination of Soul, Hip-Hip, Rap and House Music. With DJ Crabbe presenting a mix of classic French music and the latest beats playing across clubs across France, but with a unique inclusion of traditional African rhythms.
Hip-Hop musician Valas, who presents a diverse set of soulful lyrics that has managed to perform at more than 100 festivals in Europe alone.
Chefboss and their group of flexible dancers are set to light up the Warehouse Theatre stage with a phat bass and dancehall rhythm sound.
Tickets cost N$150 in advance on the EVENTS TODAY website and N$200 at the door, which open at 17h00.
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