5 November 2018

Namibia: Another Successful Windhoek Jazz Festival

Saturday, 3 November saw another instalment of the Windhoek Jazz Festival. Jazz fans gathered at the Independence Stadium in the capital where they were treated to stellar performances.

Hosted by seasoned radio personalities Uejaa Kazondunge and Adriano Visagie, the concert was headlined by soul vocalist Zonke from South Africa. Other acts on the line-up included Sigera Jazz Band, Sedney Haufiku, The Soil, Lize Ehlers, Catarina Duarte, Elemotho, Damas Fusion, Percival Rinquest and saxophonist Suzy Eises with her band.

Eises thrilled the crowd with songs from her award-winning album as well as covers of popular songs such as Drake's 'In My Feelings' and Ella Mai's 'Boo'd Up'.

Eises made her set even more exciting by adding international artists and vocalists to her band.

"This has been an exceptional year for me, winning the coveted Namibian Annual Music Awards best newcomer and best album of the year awards, hosting a fundraising gala dinner in aid of music education and charity as well as hosting a tribute show in honour of the late Hugh Masekela.

"Through the Windhoek Jazz Festival, I got to thank my loyal fans for their unwavering support throughout 2018. I believe they appreciated the surprise gesture I extended to them," added Eises.

Another notable performance came courtesy of South African acapella trio The Soil, who dazzled the crowd with their highly energetic set. They performed some of their popular songs such as 'Asante Sana', 'Suzan', their new hit 'Korobela' and paid a tribute to late Motswako rapper HHP.

After their performace, The Soil's Buhlebendalo Mda told The Namibian that she was happy with the reception of their performance. She mentioned that she personally likes getting to a concert on time to assess the energy of the concert-goers for her to have an idea of what to expect and also to calm her nerves. "I got to the stadium three hours before our set and already it was so warm in the crowd.

"As artists, when you perform in another country, you do not always expect the crowd to sing along but the minute they do, you are just taken away. I felt so emotional on stage when the crowd sang along. The feeling is a sense of overflowing gratitude," said Mda.

One of the Windhoek Jazz Festival attendees, Erasmus Nekundi, told The Namibian that two performances in particular stood out for him. "Our Namibian acts such as Suzy did not disappoint and The Soil's ability to make good sounds that we danced to were definitely the highlights of the Windhoek Jazz Festival for me," he said.

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