Okavango to host inaugural music festival


The inaugural Okavango Music Festival to be held at Samochima farm in Okavango on December 26, will be headlined by local upcoming artists and musicians from Namibia, the show's promoters have said.

The proceeds of the event will be donated to charity.  The event was the brainchild of Kebadile Wasenda also known as Kaybee in the music circles.  She said she came up with this idea to empower upcoming artists.

“Okavango has talent.   The artists are far from resources, so this festival will give them a platform to showcase their talent,” she said.

She said she narrowed the lineup for upcoming artists because they are struggling.

“It will be a mix of artists and the show will give the upcoming ones a chance to interact with the foreign acts,” she said.  Kaybee added that one of the biggest artists in Namibia, Makurunganga would be the main act.

“They are the four-time Namibian Music Awards nominees,” she revealed.

Kaybee said other Namibian acts are Kirash.  She added the local lineup would include herself, Bendrox, Kopo, Monageng, Toff, DJ Gasper, Legendee, Freshmark Team, DJ Costa Ee Sol, DJ Core and DJ Pat.

“The lineup will also include poets and dancers.  The artists range from rappers, kwasa kwasa artists, house and dancehall musicians,” she said.  Kaybee said the event would be her fourth charity event this year after hosting three in Maun, Kasane and Gantsi.

“The first one didn’t do well, but with this one we want to generate more than P10,000,” she said.  Kaybee added that they have already identified a 94-year-old man who has been living in a tent for three years and the money would help to provide proper shelter for him.  The ticket for the event is sold at P30 and P50 at the gate.

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