Song Night is back at the Warehouse Theatre Windhoek, to resume what it has been doing since April 2011. This platform develops up-and-coming singers in a mentorship program that gives free vocal and performance training with a full professional band and venue that includes professional sound, lights and technicians.
In 2018, Song Night took the leap and launched the program at Swakopmund and Walvisbay in a stint to decentralise the program. Song Night then returned to Windhoek to have performances at Imagine Games Café in a bid to reintroduce the organic style it started with eight years ago. It also started with its Song Night Junior program to give mentorship to singers younger than 16.
“It was tough and the changes and new venue was a breath of fresh air, but we realised how much we need the support of a professional performance venue like the Warehouse Theatre Windhoek to make Song Night work,” said Lize Ehlers, Song Nights Founder & Director.
Song Night returns to the Warehouse Theatre in March 2019 with the generous support of RMB, through the FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust with a sponsorship of N$185,000.00 in aid of paying the venue, band, MC, photographer, graphic designer and various other costs that allow a successful Song Night to happen. Media partner, 99FM is back on board for another year of inspiration.
Equipment and rehearsal partner HEC pledged positive support for Song Night 2019 and the regular band has also shown their commitment and continues to mentor and accompany the singers on stage. House of Poulton will offer designs for the 2019 host Adriano Visagie, while stylist Martina Pieper will offer styling advice for the performers. Local opera sensation and vocal coach Emily Dangwa, will be offering support in the vocal training department and lastly, Fantastic Sam Nails Perfection also pledged support towards Song Night 2019.
“We look forward to another year of mind blowing growth, emotional performances and unfolding Namibian vocal journeys.
We are also extremely proud to announce that Song Night has appointed a new ambassador for the year 2019, namely Treza Cooper. 99FM radio DJ by day, songwriter and singer by night, Treza has come a long way in her music, having launched her debut single at the end of 2018. Song Night believes that Treza’s journey reflects a lot on the journeys of other Song Nighters in the past eight years. She has shown that it’s not easy but it is possible. Song Night will be offering Treza a support structure in the Namibian Music Industry and will offer her various opportunities outside the platform to grow and get her 10 000 hours of performance in, in order to become a professional.”
Auditions kicked off on Wednesday, 6 March at 18:00 at Warehouse Theatre Cellar of Rock on Tal Street with the theme “Proudly Namibian”.The first show takes place on Wednesday, 27 March at 20:00 at the Warehouse Theatre Windhoek, tickets can be obtained for N$100 at EventsToday or at the door.
Song Night has proven over the last eight years that it believes in the Namibian music industry and actively creates opportunities for singers who go through the platform to obtain paying performance possibilities afterwards. You will find a Song Nighter performing every weekend in Windhoek at various venues in town.
What is imperative for all up-and-coming Namibian singers is to know that their voice is not the only thing that shows their potential. It is punctuality, passion, preparedness, a professional attitude, and showmanship.
Song Night looks forward to a powerful year in music development and vocal performance.