•14 952 Tickets Sold
•over 2000 VIP guests
•95% full band performances
The much anticipated 081EVERY1FEST that took place last week Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium definitely lived up to all expectations. MTC Namibia pulled of what is considered one of the best music shows to have ever happened in the country with many people taking to social media to applaud them for having created a platform where both local and international acts could network, while doing what they do best – which is giving the public exceptional performances.
The show delivered all that it had promised from tight security stationed at various points of the stadium to the food, drinks and generally a great chilled atmosphere.
Giving credit where it’s due, all international artists who were booked to perform at the event were there, despite there having been talks that some would not make it. Both the likes of Davido and Runtown made it to the land of the brave and did not disappoint.
Runtown delivered sneak peaks to new music that he has been working on while Davido who was the final performer of the night, made sure his fans got not only had the opportunity to see him on stage but to touch him as well after he jumping into the crowd.
Namibian artists notably PDK had the crowd on their feet including President Hage Geingob and Vice President Nangolo Mbumba as they performed ‘We Cele’ a song that was specially produced in 2015 to celebrate the unity and strength of Namibia.
Gazza brought it home and managed to set the stage on fire, taking the public on a walk down memory lane of some of his best songs such as Piki Piki, proving once again why he is one of the country’s biggest artist.
For obvious reasons there were mixed reviews on certain performances throughout the day, but as any event would have it people will react to certain things differently.
Prior to the show The Lounge met up with South African performers, self-taught music composer, song writer, producer and Dj Heavy-K and singer-songwriter and poet Busiswa who are no strangers to Namibia.
Speaking to an excited Heavy-K, who was happy to be back in Namibia, he noted that Namibia was like his second home.
After having built a great relationship with the Namibian public during the time that he has been to Namibia for the past five years he highlighted there was so much love to share.
“I love this country and the people love me too, every time I’m set to play they always bring such great energy and that makes me want to even bring them something better”.
Further shedding light on the music he was set to play on the night of the event, he explained that he was excited to showcase his music as this would show how Southern African music has grown over the years.
“I can honestly say that people have paved the way for the new wave and this is what I am doing through my music. My music has grown in a very huge scale and what I love about this era I am in is that people are now open to appreciating music from the African continent.
Through this event it just means that I will continue to take music to the next level. My sound is original and that’s what works, it speaks volumes globally”.
A vibrant Busiswa who’s been to Namibia several times, noted that she was excited about the performance line up by highlighting that it was an incredible one.
“Even though Namibians don’t understand the language in the music, they tend to easily connect with my music and energy and I am always looking forward to that.
I’m also looking forward to seeing the other artists perform. I have never seen Runtown in South Africa and I have also not seen Davido in over a year”.
Tim weighs in on the success of the show
The execution of the entire event is one that, MTC Chief Human Capital & Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo notes as having been world class event based on what they wanted to achieve.
Making reference to the performances throughout the day, he highlights that all of the performances were on point with 95% full band performances which were amazing.
“All performances started on time, security was amazingly tight as planned and I think everybody had the time of their life. We wanted this to be more than just a music show, we wanted people to walk away with an unforgettable experience and I am confident that we have achieved that fully.
We have sold over 14,952 and invited over 2000 VIP guests so in total we had over 16,952 people at the 081Every1Fest which sets a new record and what makes it special is that we managed this at an event in the heart of Katutura”.
Taking the music industry into consideration, Ekandjo further noted that music plays a very important role when it comes to uniting people.
“Through this initiative we advocated for charity through the Buy a Brick initiative and it shows that we can have fun while giving back, and that we need to find more exciting ways to accelerate social development.”