Windhoek - The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Cluster in Namibia will on 5 April presents the EUNIC Music Festival 2019 that will welcome on stage musicians from Europe and Namibia at the Warehouse Theatre.
Ghanaian-born lyricist Serious Klein will be representing Germany at this year’s festival. He migrated to Europe at a very young age but is known for a stern approach towards maintaining an African identity.
The rapper, who currently making waves across Europe defies the norm of gangster life, money and women. Instead, he sings about religion, food and being raised by a single parent and being a black man in Germany.
Portugal will be represented by Carlão, Angolan-born hip-hop singer. Bringing experience in print journalism, television and music, Carlão is well versed in various genres – from acoustic to ska and hip-hop. His latest music productions feature a strong Kizomba influence – a popular genre in Angolan music circle.
“Carlão is one of Portugal’s best musicians in this genre – he is a legend - and his African roots produces music to which an audience can connect,” said Director of Camões Namibia, Angelina Costa
Simia from France is not new to the music scene either and has featured at numerous festivals in Europe through the Ready or Not collaboration that promotes the rap genre. His lyrics are poetic and aim to take a listener on an introspective journey.
The guest artists will be joined on stage by Namibian acts – Hip-hop sensation Lioness, DJ KBoz, Kunundrum and KK.
“We have decided to focus on the Hip-Hop genre this year and invite musicians who have crafted the skill of language in their music,” said Goethe-Institut Namibia Director, Daniel Stoevesandt.
Stoevesandt holds this year’s presidency of the EUNIC cluster in Namibia that includes Camões Namibia (Portugal) and the Franco Namibia Cultural Centre (France).
EUNIC Namibia aims to foster cultural exchange between musicians from Namibia and the European countries for arts development on both continents.
Thus, a skills exchange session is open to music students at College of the Arts (4 April, 15h30 to 18h30) and another at the Warehouse Theatre for upcoming musicians (3 April, 16h00 to 19h00). Those interested can register for free by simply sending sending their names, contact details and brief profile to firstname.lastname@example.org.