Bank Windhoek, in collaboration with the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC), will host the 22nd World Music Day on Saturday, 24 June 2017, in partnership with Fresh FM radio and DB Audio.
World Music Day brings together audiences from diverse backgrounds, age groups, race and cultural upbringing. The family-friendly festival is also a perfect family outing. In Windhoek, a winter market will also take place during the day at Palm Tree Park. There will be food stalls, crafts, drinks and exciting activities for everyone at all the venues.
Some of the participating musicians this year include The Fate of Miss H, Savannah Afros, Tschuku Tschuku, Ann Singer, Monique English, Formula Band, Meta and Shiva Child, Nova, Omidi d’Afrique and Jeff A.D. Many more upcoming musicians will also showcase their talent at the event.
“I was very happy and humbled when the organisers contacted me to be part of the event. There will be so much excitement and I am looking forward to meeting so many upcoming artists. I am really excited and since I’m planning to go with a live band, I will be starting rehearsals soon,” said 2017 NAMA Female Artist of the Year Monique English.
The festival brings together amateur and professional musicians from all walks of life who specialise in genres ranging from jazz, soul, funk, rock, electro, reggae and many other popular genres. The World Music Day is celebrated in over 104 countries and an estimated 514 cities around the world. It celebrates the influence of music by bringing music lovers together.
“FNCC is proud to provide a platform of this nature. We are honoured to have partnered with Bank Windhoek this year to support the true value of our musicians. World Music Day brings out the true potential of upcoming and renowned musicians worldwide.
With this in mind, we invite everyone to come and celebrate music with us,” said Alexandrine Guinot, FNCC’s Communication Officer.
The worldwide celebrated event, also known as Fête de la Musique, having originated from France will simultaneously take place in four towns in Namibia, namely; Windhoek, Rundu, Oshakati and Lüderitz. Entrance is free of charge at all the venues. In Windhoek the festivities will be at Palm Tree Park from 10h00 to 17h00 and will thereafter move to the FNCC from 20h00 till late.
In Rundu the event will take place at OK Food Parking, next to Pupkewitz, from 10h00 to 20h00. Oshakati Super Sport will stage the concert close to the main road towards Okahao from 10h00 to 17h00. In Lüderitz, festivities will be held at Lüderitz Stadium from 12h00 to 17h00.
“Music is an art that brings people together and we therefore remain committed to the development of arts, as artists still struggle to gain the recognition and appreciation that they deserve. World Music Day not only celebrates Namibian music, but also aims to bring people together across the world. We are pleased to have collaborated with FNCC on this exciting initiative. We wish the event a resounding success,” said Bank Windhoek’s Jacquiline Pack, Executive Officer for Marketing and Corporate Communication Services.
World Music Day is an annual event which takes place across the world usually on 21 June during the European summer solstice, when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at noon, marked by longest and shortest days.