On a busy weekend with events all lined up in the capital city the Franco Cultural Namibian Centre (FNCC) still charmed the audience with the sound of peace, tolerance, freedom and human dignity.
The UNESCO recognized event celebrated around the world featured delightful live band performances by extraordinary array of acclaimed artists including the much celebrated saxophonist Suzy Eises alongside the electrifying Fujazz Band, who all have broad and enduring appeal to their fans.
Even though the event started off a bit late and at an outdoor scene, as winter unfolds, the small yet intimate crowd was warmed by beautiful jazz that had them dance, sing and socialize throughout the evening. On a sad note before the event kicked off the MC of the evening, Andre Gariseb asked for a 30 minute moment of silence to remember two remarkable artists, Prince and Papa Wemba.
“Jazz is just a beautiful sound and it is sad that the category did not make it to the NAMAS this year, many people really missed out on this event. In my next life, if I had to choose whether to be here or somewhere else on this very same night, I would choose the Jazz Celebration again,” said Herman Bock.
For two hours the audience was served with beautiful jazz music that had them beg for more. It seemed like many did not really know that Namibia can also make jazz music. This served as a great platform for many to experience live jazz music.
The International Jazz Day is an annual celebration started in November 2011 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote not only the genre but peace and cultural understanding.
The concert was celebrated with thousands of International Jazz Day live performances, educational activities and community service programs that took place in more than 190 countries on all continents.
Additionally, the global day highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promotes intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, and unites people from all corners of the globe. Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova rightfully declared that “the event reminds us that Jazz is more than music – it is a universal message of peace with rhythm and meaning.”
FNCC has some exciting events prepared for everyone in May and June and gladly invites all the people to events such as the international cinema, photography exhibitions, dance events and concerts with notably the annual internationally celebrated World Music Day, kids’ activities, and not forgetting soccer fans and even gastronomy.