Ae //Gams Festival to kick off next week

WINDHOEK: The annual /Ae//Gams Arts and Cultural Festival of the City of Windhoek will kick off next week Tuesday, April 01 2014.

The festival to continue from 02 April until 06 April 2014 at various venues across town and its official opening will particularly focus on legendary artists such as Namibia’s late Jackson Kaujeua, South Africa’s late Brenda Fassie and Lucky Dube including songs that led to Namibia’s independence.

According to the media statement issued by City of Windhoek on Tuesday morning, the theme for the festival, opening event is one of hope and celebration that acknowledges how far we’ve comes as a nation and a City against the backdrop of international and local music and cultural changes.

A power house of Namibian musicians and artists will also be featured during the opening the event, including the UNAM Choir, Original Jazz Masters, Hozala Entertainment, Papa Shikongeni, Big Ben, Stanley Mareka Dance Troupe, Lady May Essence, Ras Sheehama and Nkule Dube, Sonny Boy, Tequila and EES.

These artists will take us on a trip down memory lane with songs and dancing styles that kept up moving during the difficult times and gave us hope to move forward.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The annual /Ae //Gams Arts and Cultural Festival of the City of Windhoek will kick off next Tuesday.

The six-day festival will end on 06 April at various venues across the city.

According to a media statement issued by the City of Windhoek here on Tuesday, a powerhouse of Namibian musicians and artists will be featured during the opening event, including the University of Namibia choir, the Original Jazz Masters, Hozala Entertainment, Papa Shikongeni, Big Ben, Lady May, Essence, Ras Sheehama, Sunny Boy, Tequila, EES and the Stanley Mareka Dance Troupe.

“These artists will take will take us on a trip down memory lane with songs and dancing styles which kept us moving during the difficult times and gave us hope to move forward”, the statement said.

Songs from departed legends such as Jackson Kaujeua and the likes of Brenda Fassie and Lucky Dube will also be performed, while events which led to Namibia’s independence such as the Cassinga massacre will be portrayed through music and visuals.

SOURCE: NAMPA