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The transformative power of a trumpet 

2024-03-28  Pricilla Mukokobi

The transformative power of a trumpet 

In a soulful revelation of her musical journey, veteran musician Rebekka Matheus at the Arts Performance Centre (APC) in Tsumeb has shared the transformative power of her trumpet and the impact it has on the youth.

Matheus (33) stands on stage at APC, her trumpet in hand, unravelling the notes that define her musical odyssey. 

She believes that her trumpet has the potential to inspire and bring hope to the youth, urging them to pay attention and explore the world of music.

For the past nine years, Matheus has dedicated herself to mastering the art of the trumpet, and her passion is evident in the enchanting melodies she creates. The trumpet, for her, is not just an instrument; it has become an extension of her identity, a means through which she communicates and connects with the audience. In a recent interview, Matheus expressed her deep fondness for the unique sound of the trumpet and the sheer joy it brings her. Her commitment to her craft serves as an inspiration to those around her, especially the younger generation at APC.

“I just like the instrument the way it is, the way it sounds, and when I start playing it, I like it even more,” she shared while reflecting on the deep connection she feels with her musical companion.

The APC, now celebrating 21 years of existence, stands as a beacon of musical education in Tsumeb, with roots tracing back 31 years to its inception in Oshikuku.

As a proud product of APC, she learned to play the trumpet under its nurturing wing.

Delving into the individualities of playing the trumpet, she recounted a humorous aspect, highlighting the instrument’s demand for ample energy.

“The strange part of it is that it requires more energy. You must have enough wind or air so that you can make a sound on it. If not, then it won’t make any sound,” she explained.

APC is known for fostering artistic expression and has become a hub for musical education under Matheus’s guidance. Her role as a teacher adds a valuable dimension to the centre, creating a space where the transformative power of music is shared and celebrated.

“It heals my soul when I hear APC’s legacy continuing to thrive. My advice to my fellow Namibian youths is to urge you to redirect your energy away from the streets. I advocate for APC as a sanctuary of peace and healing for broken souls. APC is a second life, let’s build a strong foundation for our lives, leave alcohol and drugs,” she advised.

She emphasised the positive impact that music and education can have on shaping a brighter future.

APC has significantly benefited communities by providing diverse musical skills to young individuals. 

Many have found employment in institutions like the Navy, police band, and the National Defence Force, while others have become entrepreneurs by establishing their music schools.

APC’s presence in Tsumeb and Oshikuku has not only created employment opportunities but has also contributed to the reduction of crime in these areas. The acquisition of musical skills through APC’s programmes has led to improved academic performance, and the centre has played a crucial role in rehabilitating street children and individuals struggling with substance abuse. Looking forward, APC seeks recognition from accreditation bodies such as the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA), and Namibia Training Authority (NTA), along with increased financial support for sustainability and continued community impact.

2024-03-28  Pricilla Mukokobi

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