For the 21st time, the World Music Day was once again celebrated with great enthusiasm in Windhoek over the past weekend at the Palm Tree Park and the Warehouse Theatre. The French initiated event also known as Fete de la Musique was hosted by the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC).
The festival brought together people from diverse backgrounds, regardless of age and cultural background. Apart from the celebrations that took place in Windhoek, the World Music Day was also celebrated in Katima Mulilo, Rundu and Oshakati with outstanding performances by 170 local musicians of all ages and skill sets.
Alexandrine Guinot, the communications officer at FNCC describes this year’s event as bigger and better with forty artists performing in Windhoek compared to twenty who performed last year. She noted that the winter market also had more stalls this year with a lot of food, arts and crafts. The family friendly festival also attracted families with their children who were able to enjoy running around, face painting and picnics.
For the first time since its birth, the World Music Day stage welcomed children on stage, proving that music really has no age. Children from the ages of four to eight sang songs such as ‘we are the world’, melting the hearts of the crowd with their performance.
The event had a star-studded line up of artists such as Priscilla the Dessert Queen, The Fate of Miss H, Savannah Afros, Toshi, Formula Band and a lot of upcoming talents who showcased a wide variety of genre including gospel, contemporary traditional fusion,
Afro fusion acoustic and soul, rock, roots reggae, Langarm and rock. The musicians set a remarkable mood for a party by performing the most exciting music with
relentless energy to get the crowds dancing.
“The FNCC is proud to have provided a platform to bring out the true potential of upcoming and renowned musicians to perform for the last 21 years at World Music Day,” expressed Alexandrine. She also added that FNCC takes pride in having been a facilitator in bringing the crowd the best of Namibian talents and the true value of local musicians.