29 October 2018

Namibia: Red Bull African Beats Heats Up Windhoek

NAMIBIAN music lovers were treated to the first ever Red Bull African Beats music festival at the Windhoek Show-grounds on Saturday.

In true festival style, organisers turned the venue into a hive of activity with a vibrant atmosphere and impeccable set-up. The line-up included the very best of Namibian musicians and DJs, and the event provided festival goers with some of the best performances seen on a Namibian stage this year.

The likes of The Rhythm were but some of the exciting selection of DJs who entertained the crowd, with Lioness, KP Illest, Skrypt and C.U.P showcasing just why they are some of the most sought after rappers on the scene right now. Lioness, KP Illest and Skrypt also hit the stage together, performing their popular collaboration.

Cape-Town based multi-disciplinary artist Gina Jeanz was a crowd favourite, lighting up the venue with her incredible set that was definitely a musical experience of note which kept to the African theme for the night. Some of the highlights from her set included her energetic interaction with the crowd, sharing a moment with her sister Lioness in a choreographed dance as well as the closing track for her set - one of the most popular songs in Namibia in recent times - Blvc Boxx Entertainment's 'Hangover'.

South African singing sensation Shekhinah did not disappoint either, literally having the crowd in endless screams as she performed some of her popular hits from 'Suited' to 'Different'. Her star power in Namibia is not to be underestimated judging by the feedback from some obviously die-hard fans in the crowd - some even in tears during her performance.

While the show was spectacular in terms of set-up, performances, safety and bar management, performances were marred by poor sound. DJ Kaycee held his own as the MC for the event and kept the crowd pumped throughout.

Speaking to The Namibian after her set, Gina Jeanz said getting the opportunity to headline in Namibia after over 10 years in the industry - and doing so alongside a powerhouse like Shekhinah - is "nothing short of amazing."

"I'm seeing a young generation out here that's ready to support local and international acts and Red Bull gave us such a great platform. I'm overwhelmed and really overjoyed," she said.

The Red Bull African Beats music festival is billed to become an annual event which aims to celebrate the best of Namibian and African music talent, and specifically to help promote the Namibian music scene.

- rukee@namibian.com.na; @rukeeveni on Twitter

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