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Vocalists of struggle and social change to feature at Night Under the Stars

Vocalists of struggle and social change to feature at Night Under the Stars

Two of the country’s most grounded Hip-Hop artists, known as PARADOX, will feature in next month’s edition of Night Under the Stars set for 1 June at the e Goethe-Institut Namibia. Entrance will be N$20 and refreshments are always available.

Born and raised in Windhoek, Cassidy Karon and Olavi “Toufi” Ekandjo discovered the style of rap in high-school and has since then produced several chart topping projects. Featuring on an international news network, CNN, in 2015 for their achievements clearly did not go much to their heads.

“Despite awards, all that comes with the Hip-Hop lifestyle and international recognition for what we do, we have remained grounded and are geared towards making a difference through our music,” said Cassidy.

The duo in 2012 received their first national accolade as The Best Group/Duo and has since then raked in more than eight nominations and six awards. The best of their years was 2015, when PARADOX won three Namibian Annual Music Awards for Song of the Year, Most Disciplined Artist and Most Popular Artist.

“My parents passed away when I was a child so I was raised by my grandmother and even though we often did not understand each other, she was always frank and straight to the point. I hope to maintain that through our music,” said Toufi.

Meanwhile the centre is inviting the audience to come witness the Hip-Hop artists who are not in the music business for the money, fame or girls, but for raising awareness of social issues and advocating for change.


 

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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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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”).

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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).

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