Skeleton Coast music festival all for wildlife

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A new chapter in Namibia’s entertainment history is about to be written, as MTC, MTC TV+, Oas1sone, the Wild Africa Fund, and Namibian Tourism join forces to unveil the MTC Oas1sone Skeleton Coast Festival.

The festival promises to set a new standard for musical extravaganzas and is set to take place at Long Beach in December.

The MTC Oas1sone Skeleton Coast Festival promises to bring together a diverse array of Namibian artists spanning different genres and communities, along with top talents from various other countries.

The three-day event will take place from 15 to 17 December, bringing over 150 artists from Africa together to raise awareness of wildlife conservation.

The founder and chief executive of Oas1sone and The Rockstar Group, Jandre Louw, says the event will not only be a world-class musical spectacle, but will also be an opportunity to showcase Namibia’s rich musical heritage, culture, and its stunning destinations.

“The MTC Oas1sone Skeleton Coast Festival marks Namibia’s next big thing and we’re thrilled to unveil it to the world stage,” he says.

MTC spokesperson Tim Ekandjo says the festival will be live-streamed on MTC TV+.

“Through our MTCTV+ platform, MTC is honoured to partner with continental and local artists to leverage the immense power of music for raising awareness and preserving our wildlife,” he says.

“In Namibia, we aim to spotlight two vital issues: human-wildlife conflict and the fight against rhino poaching.

“We must recognise that we do not own planet earth. We belong to it and must share it with our wildlife to ensure our future generations can experience the natural wonders we do,” Ekandjo says.

Founder and chief executive of Wild Africa Fund Peter Knights says the festival will also mark the official launch of the Wild Africa Fund’s ‘Music for Wildlife’ campaign.

“Namibia boasts some of the most incredible wildlife and landscapes on the planet, and we’re excited to be part of this public-private partnership to protect them for future generations,” he says.

Executive director of environment, forestry and tourism Teofilus Nghitila says the partnerships symbolise the shared aspiration to be a voice for Namibian artists, music and the arts, and to be the mic for “the greatest show of all” – Namibia’s amazing wildlife.

“This will elevate wildlife conservation in Namibia and shine a spotlight on the unparalleled beauty of our national parks and wildlife sanctuaries and cutting-edge campaigns driving awareness of solutions to the impact of poaching and human-wildlife conflict,” he says.

The festival will be streamed on NBC, Trace, SABC, Showmax, The Africa Channel, ITV, OneAfrica, 3Music, ZTN, PeoplesWeather and more, spanning across the continent, as well as the United States, the Caribbean and beyond.


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