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Nam artists embrace international artists as headliners at Jazz Festival

by Rosalia David

Namibian artists who will be performing at the upcoming Jazz Festival have told Vibe that they are appreciative of international acts who usually take up the spotlight as the headliners.

Speaking to Vibe, a very vocal Big Ben said the line between local and international artists should be done away with, and all should be referred to as musicians by event organisers and the media.

“I don’t know why people are always dividing us with funny titles. I don’t want to be called a local performer. I am a musician only and if I have to be categorised rather call me a musician from Namibia,” he said.

He said this while responding to comments that international acts take up the spotlight at Namibian events, instead of promoting local names as the main acts.

“The media and event organisers are the only ones who use those terms, not us. I believe we are all musicians just from different countries,” he said.

He added that there is a lot to be learned from all international acts coming to perform in Namibia.

“Everybody is ready and happy about the Jazz Festival, so let’s leave those international and local artists' story, we will be heating up the stage with exciting performances and the headliners have already arrived, they feel at home and happy to be here,” he said.

Songstress Lize Ehlers also expressed enthusiasm for the big night.

She said that she would perform six songs at the event.

Saxophonist Suzy Eises also told Vibe that she is not bothered about international acts being headliners at any event because they are more experienced.

“I haven’t thought much about it but I think it is the only way we would pick up one or two things from the bigger artists and they have the potential to pull a crowd. It would be cool to be a headliner one day,” she giggled.

Equally passionate live performer Erna Chimu also corroborated Suzy’s sentiments that it is always good to learn from musicians from other countries.

“I can’t wait to perform alongside these guys although I am a little nervous. I am going to be performing quite some new songs, and the audience should look forward to an exciting performance,” she said.