The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: World Aids Day Music Festival

Namibia Network of AIDS Service Organisations (Nanaso) in partnership with Zero Degrees will stage the 2012 World AIDS Day Music Festival, with the aim of bringing together over 10 000 young and old citizens of the City of Windhoek.

The concert will feature 10 Ma /Gaisa and Oviritje artists battling it out on the stage, during a 10 hour live band music festival at the Katutura Independence Arena.

The primary message at the concert will be on HIV-AIDS Awareness and violence against women and children.

World AIDS Day on December 1 brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV-AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.

The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV-AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.

The day will witness a variety of HIV-AIDS short theatrical displays, poetry, music, dance and proclamations by people living with HIV-AIDS. It will also feature musical performances from top Namibian musicians like Oviritje singer ‘Mutjangatjike’ Ben Muundjua, Phura the King of Ma/ Gaisa, the popular dance music genre commonly known as Damara Punch and Axue, who has reached the Battle of the Bands finals twice. Oviritje The Wire, who recently released their latest album, will also be performing. Patricia Ochurus, also a two time finalist of the Battle of the Bands will also take the stage. Guest acts include Ronnie, Dixon, Adora and Makoya.

Entrance is N$50 in advance at Computicket and N$60 at the door. Donations will be made to Nanaso, who will further make donations to selected HIV-AIDS support groups from the gates takings. The show will start at 18h00.

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