Rock the Boat beating lockdown blues

By Rosalia David

THE first episode of Rock the Boat, a music TV series promoting local artists, has premiered on YouTube with musical group Mighty Ill Game (M.I.G) kick-starting the show.

Rock the Boat is a TV series availing opportunities to different musicians to perform live on a boat at the Kavango River while also giving exposure to local designers as they style and dress the performing artists.

“The show’s debut stars the hip-hop group, Mighty Ill Game, widely known as M.I.G, who provided a raw performance which should not be missed out on. Adding an even more local touch, the talent has Sirenga and Nandii Martin to thank for their outfits and styling during their appearance on the show,” said executive producer, Andreas Gustav.

He said, unlike anything ever done before in the Land of the Brave, Rock the Boat, premiered last week for 30 minutes on YouTube channel Ngandu TV, a subsidiary project of Ngandu Events, the company responsible for Ngandu Festival.

Now that the first episode has premiered, Rock the Boat producer Michael Kayunde told Confidente that they have identified the next performers but cannot reveal the names yet to build up more suspense.

“At the moment we are focused on pushing the current episode so that the masses get to see it. We don’t want to give away the surprise element by announcing the next performers now already,” he said.

Explaining more on Rock the Boat, Kayunde said the show is going to be in seasons; with each installment expected to have 10 episodes.

“Each episode will also have its own behind the scenes episode, to show our viewers what it takes to bring an episode to life.”

The show was shot at the verdant Samsitu Campsite, a few kilometres west of Rundu while produced and directed by Kayunde and shot by Silas Film World and Hompa Sitentu from Black Cat Films.

“While the (Ngandu) festival is focused on providing a platform for Namibian artists and entrepreneurs mainly in the arts space, Rock the Boat is all about providing a platform to the aforementioned communities, further encompassing musical performances as the main theme”.