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Local and European musicians to exchange creativity and skills through concert

Local and European musicians to exchange creativity and skills through concert

The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Cluster in Namibia officially launched the EUNIC Music on Wednesday in Windhoek.

The aim of the Festival is to give local musicians the opportunity to exchange knowledge with counterparts from Europe. The Cluster intends establishing the music festival as an annual event and this year welcomes musicians from France, Germany and Portugal who will on 24 May be part of a master class.

Two local musicians and three from Europe will stud the stage of the 2018 EUNIC Music Festival on 26 May at the Warehouse Theatre after a session of master classes at the College of the Arts.

The initiative resulted from a brainstorming session between the Centro Diogo Cão, Goethe-Institut Namibia and Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in partnership with the European Union (EU) Delegation to Namibia.

Representing Namibia at the 2018 EUNIC Music Festival will be KP Illest and Lioness. Awarded as Namibia’s Best Hip Hop Artist at the 2018 Namibian Annual Music Awards, KP Illest writes songs that reflect the state of his society and speak for the youth on issues that he thinks need to be addressed.

Also well-known on the local music scene is the Lioness, who established herself with complex an tightly-knit lyrical capabilities as a female rapper. She’s straight to the point, speaks for women and doesn’t have time for a flimsy man.

The European line-up is a vivid combination of Soul, Hip-Hip, Rap and House Music. French DJ Crabbe presents a mix of classics and the latest beats pumping on the dancefloors across France, but with a unique inclusion of traditional African rhythms.

“We look forward to DJ Crabbe’s unique style of mixing more than two electronic genres, from techno and house to African house and bass. This will not be his first performance in Southern Africa and we hope he can bring together musicians from Africa and Europe,” said Director of the FNCC, Jerome Kohl.

From Portugal is Hip-Hop musician Valas, who presents a diverse set of soulful lyrics that have made it across more than 100 festivals in Europe. Last but not least is the loud and proud Chefboss from Germany and their group of flexible dancers that light up any stage with a phat bass and dancehall rhythm.

“We are very excited about the first ever 2018 EUNIC Music Festival that will take place in Namibia, bringing together a variety of European artists as well as Namibian artists. 2018 is also the European Year of Cultural Heritage, which celebrates and shares Europe’s culture. Let us share and celebrate our diversity and let it be a bridge that will bring us closer to each other,” said EU Ambassador to Namibia Jana Hybaskova.

Meanwhile a limited number of Early Bird tickets to the concert at the Warehouse Theatre are available online at EVENTS TODAY for N$100 and sell for N$150 NAD for the three weeks before the event.

Entrance to the concert at the door costs N$200 and apart from a diverse set of beverages, also available will be a selection of European cuisine from 17:00 onwards.

Caption: Namibian musicians to feature at the 2018 EUNIC Music Festival, Lioness and KP Illest, pose for the media with event organisers and representatives of partners in the project.



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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.