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Old School Jive to compensate artists

Despite a low turnout and financial burdens, the Old School Jive plans to revive the good intentions of its brand.

The founder and organising team of the first-ever Old School Jive have issued out a statement, addressing the blunders from the event hosted on 21 Decemeber.

The event that took place at Oshakati open market aimed at attracting members of the public to pay tribute to the musical legends Namibia has produced. In a statement issued on social media platforms, the founder Selma Sylvanus says the event was unsuccessful due to the lack of financial support.

” We had a lack of financial management issues to carter to all needs including payments for musicians and service providers. We vow to do monetary compensation to all as soon as funds become available,” she says.

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PRESS RELEASE: Dear Old School Jive community: _____________________________________ At the heart of our mission is the idea that old school music lovers are fundamentally good and every musical legend is given honour and respect that he or she deserves.We do not say this because it sounds good,it is the goal that everyone at Old School Jive team works towards everyday because we have seen how when we honour our musical legends we better understand music. Disappoinment is the opposite of impression and its existence on our event jeopardizes the core mission.Dissatification of our supporters and musical legends have no place in Old School Jive brand and we have zero tolerance for it.Unfortunately we have been slow to address this problem and for this I am sorry.I take responsibility for any pain or frustration this has caused our musical legends and the supporters.We will not only make this right,we will set an example that other musical events can follow.In December 21,the previous year of 2019 we held our first concert in Oshakati.It was not a success due to the fact that we had lack of financial management issues to carter all needs including:Payments for musicians and service providers.I would like to highlight changes that will impact the way our brand works. We vow to do monetary compensation to all service providers and all musicians as soon as funds become available.Old School Jive is no restriction of a merely concert as before but a registered brand now with copyrights.Old School Jive brand aims to generate profit in contribution to charity and foundation to groom young talents and to lend a financial hand toward the art work of our musical legends.Our supporters went up by thousands over a relatively short period of time therefore we have merchandise in the market,gaming,concert tours around the world as well as a festival in Namibia to raise more funds.We are putting a call out to any individuals and businesses who can make sure Namibia retains this one-of-a-kind musical initiative as an enjoyable event.Above all,we thank all sponsors and individuals' support of previous event. Yours sincerely: Selma Mwalengwa Sylvanus(Chairperson & founder)

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The event was set to have entertainers including Leghetto, Tunakie, Swart Baster and Jericho to mention a few. The event was also a platform to pay tribute to the fallen heroes such as Axue. Sylvanus says the goal, despite the issues at hand is to raise money to grow the industry and calls on for support from individuals and corporates.

“The Old School Jive brand aims to generate profit in contribution to charity and foundation to groom young talents and to lend a financial hand toward the artwork of our musical legends. We are putting a call out to any individuals and businesses who can make sure Namibia retains this one-of-a-kind musical initiative as an enjoyable event,” she said.

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