UNESCO funding to promote Namibia's musical heritage
WINDHOEK, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Namibia has received 87,125 U.S. dollars from the latest round of funding from UNESCO's International Fund for Cultural Diversity.
Ndapewoshali Ashipala with the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) told Xinhua on Thursday the core objectives of the Fund is to support diversity of cultural expression and the emergence of creative industries in developing countries.
Ashipala said the Namibian project, which will run for 21 months starting March this year, is being facilitated by the MAN that is working in partnership with Namibian musician Shishani and the Namibian Tales band.
Furthermore, the project will work with local musicians in the San community to promote traditional music internationally.
"We seek to showcase the wealth of San community, musical traditions through an exchange and collaboration with our acoustic quartet 'Namibian Tales'. We look forward to crafting new sounds with ancient songs and exploring together new ways to connect different musical traditions," said Shishani.
Hilma Kapuka, Museum Development Officer, said the project would not only help market the sounds of Namibia internationally, but also be an important step towards creating an archive of Namibian music.