On June 17, the Rundu community celebrated World Music Day. Future local artists such Elia Davincii, Marven Southgate, Weezy-bee, and many others graced the day with electrifying performances.
World Music Day, often referred to as Fele de la musique, is an annual celebration of music that takes place on June 21. It is a worldwide occurrence that began in France in 1982 and has since expanded to several nations. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the importance and appreciation of music in all of its forms and genres.
both the celebration’s event coordinator and a full-time music teacher Mr. Mushongo John claim that the day is more significant for music teachers because they promote music education, celebrate the power of music, promote cultural awareness, interact with their communities, and stimulate creativity. It’s a day that emphasizes the value of music in our lives and unites people via the common language of music.
On this day, musicians of all levels, from amateurs to proffesionals, take to the streets, parks and various public spaces to perform live music for free. The idea is to make music accessible to everyone and encourage people to participate and enjoy the diverse range of musical expressions.
Mushogo says, world’s music day aims to foster a sense of community, cultural exchange and appreciation for the universal language of music. It has become a significant event for music lovers and musicians alike, as it provides an opportunity to showcase talents, discover new artists, and create memorable music experiences.
Marven Southgate, an up-and-coming artist, claims that the event was a success since it featured many aspiring artists, which was refreshing to watch because it varied from the typical suspects in Kavango’s vibrant art scene. “We were able to network with other talented people, and the music was soothing to the ears because we don’t often hear artists express themselves in their native tongues.”
Mushongo further stated that, the day also encourages musicians to perform I public spaces, making music accessible to everyone. By offering free performances, it enables people who may not have access to live music events or concerts to experience the joy and power of music. The celebration encompasses a wide variety of musical styles, including classical, jazz, rock, pop, folk, traditional and experimental performances range from small acoustic sets to large-scale concerts.