Genesa to wow the coast

Event to help school children

17 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Genesa Handrick; Musician; “It’s the first record label that signed me and did a great job with and for me.”

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Germany-based musician Genesa Handrick is the star attraction at the Welwitschia Music Production (WMP) Social Responsibility Day taking place at the Thomas Amunyela Amphitheatre in Swakopmund on Saturday.

Genesa, who is best known for collaborating with the late Phura on the hit “Ti hana tsa xue”, went to Germany in 2005 to study and lives in Bad Schwartau, close to Hamburg, at the moment.

“I have a family there and I also perform in Germany. However, I was and still am a Welwitschia Music Productions artist. It’s the first record label that signed me and did a great job with and for me,” Genesa said.

Known abroad as Genesa Experience, the artist thrives on creating diverse sounds which range from Ma /gaisa to German classics as well as pop, funk, soul and kizomba.

“The soulful female voice that was prominently heard on albums created by Steven !Naruseb for Phura, Swart Baster and many others in 2004 and 2005 was mine,” she says.

One of the organisers of the event as well as a performing artist, Stella !Naruses, says WMP decided to host the event based on the Scripture that says it is better to give than to receive.

“So, this year, we decided to give and share the little we have with parents and the community that has supported us through all these years.”

Stella added that the aim is to help parents who are finding it difficult to keep up with schools’ stationery demands.

!Naruses was a 2005 Kora African Awards nominee for best female musician in Southern Africa.

The WMP Social Responsibility Day will be held under the theme “Be yourself, Namibia”.

!Naruses says this theme was chosen since Welwitschia Music Productions is into the arts and entertainment business.

“The theme is aimed at encouraging the youth to showcase their raw, natural talent. It is also to make them believe and see that they can go far with arts because not everyone is capable of performing academically.”

She added that despite the country achieving independence 1990, Namibians still depend on, promote and copy foreign cultures.

“We want our own actors, comedians and poets. We want to have our own products and the best way to start is by introducing the originality of the country to the youth so that other countries can also see the uniqueness of Namibia,” she said.

The event will see school children competing against each other as poets, dancers and singers, emulating any successful Namibian artists in their respective categories.

Prizes, which are school stationery hampers worth a total of N$5 000, will be handed to the winners.

“There are prizes for children who are academically strong, but are not fortunate enough to have all the needs for school, because of their background. One is sponsored by NASCAM Namibia and Welwitschia Music Productions.”

The selected children are going to be pin-pointed by teachers at different schools to ensure that the hampers go to a deserving child.

There will also be small prizes for the children who interact best with WMP at the event and prizes for teachers that show an interest in the event. A special prize for a child that can sing a song by the queen of Ma /gaisa, Letti, is also up for grabs.

The “Kapepo” hit-maker concluded by thanking all sponsors that made the event possible.

Other musicians featuring at the WMP Social Responsibility Day include 2019 Namibia Annual Music Award Best Reggae winner Gerry Dread as well as Rodney Seibeb, Mr Cash, Masiro and Phono. Comedian and actor Ousie Ebs will also grace the stage. The entertainment starts at 09:00.

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