HOT on the heels of a successful South African tour, renowned comedian Carl Joshua Ncube is at it again and will be performing at the Gams Arts and Cultural Festival in Windhoek, Namibia.
The festival, which started yesterday and ends on April 5, will witness Carl featuring as a guest performer for the first time at this five-day-long fête during a comic set titled Home Affairs.
The award-winning comic also has every reason to smile since he will be joining forces with Namibia-based Zimbabwean comic Courage for a performance.
Apart from these two performances, Carl will also hold social media workshops, an opportunity which he said would give him a chance to interact with Namibian arts practitioners.
“For me, holding workshops at this festival presents an opportunity to mingle with various arts practitioners, share ideas and it is more like a cultural exchange initiative.
“The workshops will be about how artistes can get their name out there using social media and changing the business model currently used by new or emerging artistes,” said Carl.
This is part of an initiative made possible by the festival organisers, who were also present at the previous edition of the Harare International Festival of Arts where Carl held similar workshops.
Carl has certainly been at the helm of his career since the time he made the breakthrough in the mainstream comedy arena with his set Big Announcement.
Not only has he drawn attention locally and internationally, he is popular for putting up good sets whenever he represents his country.
“I am thrilled considering that this will be my first time of performing at this festival. It’s always a great honour when you are asked to represent your country,” said Carl.
Held annually in March, the five-day festival is the highlight of the cultural year, providing a platform to local artistes from a wide variety of genres, as well as to performing artistes from China, Malaysia and Germany and many other countries to showcase culture and talents from other parts of the world.
Windhoek is the art capital of Namibia that has an active and lively community of artistes and craftspeople, and hosts several delightful galleries and art shops.
Meanwhile, Carl added that Zimbabwean comedy industrial had improved immensely judging by the performances put up various comics in South Africa recently.
“I am impressed and judging by how Zim comedians performed onthis just-ended tour, I can safely say that comedy is growing in Zimbabwe.
“Thumbs up to Michael K and Q rocking the crowds and SA comics have already extended invitations to come back to perform which is a good sign that our product is being appreciated,” he said.