World Music Day 2017 in Namibia
Annually, communities the world over, celebrate World Music Day on the day of the European summer solstice. The FNCC, with the generous support of Bank Windhoek and Total Namibia, hosted the 22nd anniversary of World Music Day in Namibia, in partnership with Fresh FM and DB Audio. This year, the French originating Fête de la Musique took place on Saturday 24th June in three towns - Windhoek, Rundu, and Oshakati.
As is tradition on World Music Day, concerts were free of charge. Musicians from all walks of life and any genre participated in this year’s World Music Day concerts throughout the country, where jazz, soul, funk, rock, electro, reggae and many other musical styles were celebrated with vigorous enthusiasm and in a cheerful and festive atmosphere by both amateur and professional musicians. This event brought together people from diverse backgrounds, regardless of age or cultural upbringing. The family-friendly festival also was a destination for families with children who enjoyed running around, while listening to great musicians. A winter market also took place during the day at Palm Tree Park in Windhoek, with dozens of stalls of food, crafts, drinks and activities.
The FNCC is proud to provide a platform to bring out the true potential of upcoming and renowned musicians to perform, and to be a facilitator in bringing the crowd the best of Namibian talents and to support the true value of local musicians.
For the first time, the evening session of World Music Day was held at FNCC, turning the center’s gardens into a great open-air festival that approximately 500 people attended. Some of the participating musicians this year included The Fate of Miss H, Savannah Afros, Tschuku Tschuku, Ann Singer, Monique English, artist of the year of the 2017 NAMAS, Formula Band, Meta and Shiva Child, Nova, Omidi d’Afrique and Jeff A.D., and many more upcoming musicians who showcased a wide array of music and got the crowds dancing.