WINDHOEK: The Franco-Namibian Cultural Center (FNCC) is hosting a double-bill concert with two rising stars in African music here next Tuesday.
The concert, which will feature Maryse Ngalula from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Elie Kamano from Guinea, is being hosted in collaboration with the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) and Protea Hotels Namibia.
The two musicians were finalists of the Radio France International (RFI) Discoveries Awards in 2011 and 2012, the same award which was won by Namibian musician Elemotho this year.
FNCC Public Relations Officer (PRO) Irmi Roder said in a media statement issued here on Wednesday that the two stars are stopping over in Windhoek while on tour through Africa.
Hailing from DRC, Ngalula has forged a powerful and original musical identity for herself through her advocacy for the empowerment of women, and by building her music on the Mutuashi of the Kasai Region, she said.
“She is enriching these traditional rhythms of the Central DRC with Blues, Jazz and other African sonorities, such as Zulu music – influences received from a stay of several years in South Africa,” Roder said.
The FNCC PRO also stated that Kamano is “undoubtedly a rising star of the new Afro-reggae generation”.
After spending some time doing Hip-Hop, he ultimately found his vocation in reggae music, characterised by his melodious voice and his strong lyrics, denouncing the evils that undermine Africa and hamper its development.
Kamano, who is also known as ‘General Kamano’ in reference to his struggle against political abuse, quickly became famous in his country after the release of his album ‘Parole de fou’.
For their Africa tour, Ngalula and Kamano will perform separately and together, combining their talents, voices and music for a meeting of the vibes of Kinshasa and Conakry.
The concert will be held at the NTN Backstage.