Song Night once again brought all they had; with no bars held back. This Wednesday evening, the show brought to stage performers from all walks of life and brought down the house with every single song sung. With its venue complimenting the rawness of the talents of the performers and setting the intimate mood for the evening, the organizers sadly had to say goodbye and thank you to the Imagine Games café who had been hosting the show for the past few months.
Song Night is a free platform for amateur singers to audition and upon successful selection, they are allowed the privilege to perform on a live stage aided by Namibian songstress Lize Ehlers. Incidentally, Lize is the founder of Song Night coupled with a state of the art band to guide the performers throughout their preparations and presentations.
They also get assistance with technique and stage etiquette throughout their preparation for the said show.
The night was filled a galore of genres from Rhythm & Blues to Country and Reggae with the obvious Jazz and Pop making its mark in the set. Tulimelila Shityuwete certainly kept the crowd alive with on stage jokes and a bubbly personality that complimented her MC skills.
With a few technical snags here and there, the show delivered the goods.
The Lounge had the opportunity to speak to the founder of Song Night, Lize Ehlers on the highlights of Song Night since its establishment in 2011.
She praises the platform for its ability to birth professional artists and its economic contribution to our nation, “ We have launched various careers of performing artist who are actually making money now, who are providing and contributing to the economy,” she vaunted.
Ehlers also had a short message for the Government and SOE’s on investing in musicians, she explained the potential it has for the countries’ tourism sector; “Id like government to treat us as they would treat any other sector whether it is in the finance sector or whatever sector, like the roads that are being built. Singers need to be as important and a part of everything. Singers are not a burden, we can actually play a part in the economy, because if we can put up a show with content that is of world class material that would inspire others to come to Namibia, because Namibian artist are supported so well, people will come to shows and festivals and say ‘I want to see that Namibian artist, because they are that good!’”
The next audition for the final song night of this year will be held on 10th October. Follow them on social media @songnightna for more updates on future shows and auditions.