Namibian ensemble to donate Germany tour money

16.08.2018 - Article

Namibia's African Vocals will host a fundraising concert in support of the a capella group's tour to Germany in May 2019.

African Vocals will being their tour of Germany in May 2019
African Vocals will being their tour of Germany in May 2019© Music in Africa/Facebook

The group, which performed in that country in 2014 and 2017, will host the concert at the Namib Primary School Hall in Swakopmund on September 1.

The group will leave the country on April 26 and is expected to entertain fans in Munich, Frankfurt, Solingen, Wilhelmshaven, Hermannsburg, Bremen, Delmenhorst, Hanover, Döbeln and Duderstadt. A portion of the proceeds from these dates will go to poor people in the group's community.

African Vocals member Joel Nambuli told Music In Africa that the event would be supported by other Namibian musicians.

“We are more than grateful for the support of other artists,” he said. “It shows what can be reached by cooperation and unity. The fundraiser will be supported by top singer Elemotho and marimba group Mondesa Youth Opportunities, which is a charity project.

”Another guest group is the oldest male choir in the country, Swakopmund Man’s Choir. Our special guest is well-known artist Elemotho, who is very committed in supporting young artists, youth development and showcasing our national heritage.“

Nambuli said the fundraising event would also reflect on the sacrifices made by local artists in supporting the group.

”The concert says a lot about loyalty between artists and about their commitment to music. There is no support at all from the government, except sponsorship by Air Namibia as a state airline for the previous tours to Germany. All planning, organisation and implementation is done by private initiatives.“

Elemotho said he felt honoured to be part of the concert. ”I have always been a big advocate for youth development and cultural heritage,“ he said. ”I also feel that at my age and with my experience it is an important thing both for cultural decentralisation to help African Vocals who are based in Swakopmund and not in the capital Windhoek.“

Elemotho, who has toured US and Europe on several occasions, said it was important for the ensemble to travel internationally.

”African Vocals approached me personally and they asked if I could be of assistance in their fundraising concert as a respected international and local artist. I love their traditional choral melodies. I think that is why they are beginning to find success in Germany. I'm glad if I can assist in any way because pulling off a successful tour is financially difficult.“

Asked how the tours helped shape his career of more than 20 years, Elemotho said: ”I'm able to perform continuously in countries such as Spain, Germany and Austria and a few other European cities and towns because of the work I have done before. Being a touring musician is a necessity to staying relevant and making a living in the music industry.“

Nambuli said African Vocals would use the tour as an opportunity to put Namibia on the map and channel proceeds to underprivileged community members.

”Germany can expect African Vocals as ambassadors for Namibia and representatives of authentic Namibian culture, music and tradition. We also want to show a positive image of Africa, full of love for life, diversity and energy.

“The group wants to be a role model for kids and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Namibia. That is why a share of the tours income will go to charity projects in Mondesa, a township in Swakopmund,” Nambuli said.

African Vocals was founded in 2012 and comprises 10 members aged between 21 and 28 years. The ensemble also employs percussion.

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