By Elvis Muraranganda
WITH four nominations at this year’s Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), which takes place this weekend in Walvis Bay, Michael Pulse has successfully used his harsh life experiences, to lift his music to new heights.
Pulse, whose real name is Uahova Kahongoro, told Confidente this week that his music reflects the traumatic experiences he has been through, including growing up without a father and finding out that his mother suffers from schizophrenia.
It is his frank and profound lyrics, blended with his mellow musical sounds, which caught the attention of the NAMAs judges.
He has been nominated in the Best Album of the Year category for his album Pulsified, as well as in the Best Male Artist of the Year, Best Newcomer of the Year, and Best RnB categories, for his song When I Need Her.
Ponti has also been nominated for Best Producer of the Year, for his work on When I Need Her.
In the song, Pulse pays homage to single mothers, while strongly criticising absent fathers.
He also used the song to highlight the role his mother has played in his life.
It was about 10 years ago that Pulse realised that he wanted to pursue music on a professional level. He says that the artist in him was awakened during his childhood years.
“My great-grandmother had an Otjiherero hymn book, which she carried to church every Sunday, and we both would sing from the book,” explained Pulse.
“My aunt had a cuca shop and she played a lot of Celine Dion tracks. I frequented the shop, just so I could sing along to the songs, and she would ask me to sing to her customers as well.”
Pulse said he always wanted to be different from his siblings, while growing up.
“When we were at school, my brothers chose to study French, and I decided to do German. I want to be different from my siblings and this why I followed the career I am in now.
“My mother raised us on a cook’s salary. We also later discovered that she was suffering from a mental condition called schizophrenia, which is not really spoken about lot in the black community.”
According to him, this news opened his eyes to other people suffering from the same- condition.“I have started to create awareness around this condition, especially in black households,” he said.
Pulse admits that his start in the music industry has not been rosy, having previously been dropped by a record label, before signing with Walaksha Records, which is owned by recording artist Mappz Kapofi.
The flourishing young musician hails from Otumborombonga village, near Okakarara in the Otjozondjupa region.
He said that his upbringing and experiences have also humbled him and shaped his philanthropist behaviour.
Pulse was so touched by the high suicide rate in the country that he penned the song Lost, with which he hopes to breathe fresh hope into those who have given up on life.
Speaking about his NAMAs nominations, Pulse said, “This was the first time I entered and I got nominated in four categories. This is life-changing. This shows that there is respect for my music, as they put me up against big names in the industry.”
Pulse, who is in his late 20s, has also begun harnessing the talent of other up-and-coming artists, as a manager and a publicist, in his own right. “I am also a theatre director and playwright. One of my plays has been showcased at the National Theatre of Namibia.” Pulse is also the head writer for the local production, The Third Wheel, and serves on the board of directors of various youth empowerment and development bodies.
“My brother and I own a company, Just Think – Branding and Marketing.
Here we also offer business development services to small and medium enterprises.”
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015