The time is now for the City of Windhoek in partnership with its sponsors namely Windhoek Lager, Standard Bank Namibia, Air Namibia, 99 FM, Jameson, Avani Windhoek Hotel and Casino and Ad Force to bring you the prestigious 2016 Windhoek Jazz Festival at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium tomorrow from 15h00 till late. Tickets for the event are available at Computicket outlets countrywide for N$250.
According to the organizing committee all the logistics are in place and ready for the festival. The public should look forward to an exciting and interactive event tomorrow, by listening to local artists Big Ben, Fu Jazz Band, Suzy Eises, Swingers Jazz Band and Chikune. The international artists are Nathi Mankayi and Caiphus Semenya & Letta Mbulu, Roman and Julian Wassefur from Germany and Elisa Rodrigues from Portugal.
“The fans of the Windhoek Jazz Festival should look forward to a dynamic line-up. The calibre of the jazz artists performing both local and international is exceptional. Every year, the organising committee tries to give our fans more reasons to look forward to the much anticipated festival.
This is the biggest music festival on the Namibian social calendar with live music. Apart from soulful sounds of these renowned world performers, the event also offers a safe and peaceful environment with food court, beer tent amongst others, just for one to sit, listen to good music and unwind,” said Lydia Amutenya from the organizing committee.
The NAMAs 2016 Male Artist of the Year winner is no stranger to the stage as his top notch sounds continue to pull crowds to every event with his name on. Come this Saturday, Big Ben promises another good day. “We try and stay true to what we do. But since it is a different event that will bring a different crowd, I am preparing a package that will excite the crowd,” said the local guru. Big Ben will introduce the fans to new songs from his new album as well as old but still relevant sounds.
The multi-award winning artist has been privileged to share the stage with African performers such as Freshly Grounds, Zahara, Salif Keita, Hugh Masekela, Johny Clegg, Dan Shout, Will Ramsey and many more.
Other local talent on the stage is Namibia’s jazz starlet who has over the years been a favourite when paired with a saxophone. She too has shared the stage with big names but her reputation confirms her as truly an artist of note. She will be complemented by the talented Chikune and other mentioned artist who will provide the Namibian flair to the genre.
Festival goers are not allowed to bring pets and weapons. No drinks and food will be allowed to enter the stadium. Empty cool boxes will be allowed. Before coming down to the stadium to enjoy one of the city’s finest musical experiences you should ensure that you have your ticket ready, camping / lawn chair, cash (there will be an ATM onsite) and a positive attitude. The jazz merchandise will also be available at the stadium. Security will be tight as usual to ensure that jazz fans enjoy their music in peace. And remember, bring your dancing shoes!