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Where words fail, music talks

Where words fail, music talks

Maria David 


THE Tsumeb Arts Performing Centre (APC) has become a centre where art is born.


It is equally a place of peace and learning for many children from less privileged backgrounds.


The centre, an after school programme, has become home to musical instruments, dancing, painting and theatre classes.


The Tsumeb APC, similar in setup to the Oshikuku Centre, was established in 2003 as non-profit and non-governmental organisation aimed at keeping the youth off the street by equipping them with artistic expressions and activities.


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During a visit by Informanté, the centre was buzzing with activity, with the violin, trombone and cello creating music that goes straight to the heart.


The use of various instruments clearly shows that APC is indeed a centre where art is taught, learned, perfected and performed.


Yet, what is even more fascinating is that every learner is also a teacher, and every teacher was once a learner at the centre.


APC spokesperson and Visual Art teacher, Richardlee Shoombe, explained that he joined the centre back in 2004.


He indicated that the APC has always been a challenge-solving place for him when he is faced with problems.


“APC has always guided me. It is like family to me,” he said.


Shoombe also managed to sell his first art piece, a paper jewelry he sold for N$15, all thanks to skills he developed at the centre.


When asked why the learners pointed him out as an inspiration and role model, he explained that it is because he truly loves what he does.


“Being a positive person also helps a lot,” he said.


Another interlocutor, Fanuel Shinedima, said the centre is for him a place of rebirth.


Today, he is a Visual Art teacher for beginners and gives all the credit to his teacher, Shoombe.


Director of the centre Liz Hidber explained that the establishment of APC started from playing guitar under a tree and teaching women in the Omusati Region various art forms.


They constructed their first classes using thousands of empty bottles they had collected at Oshikuku.


Hidber further noted that they have managed to contribute to employment creation and have transformed children who were heading down the wrong path.

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