By Jeoffrey Mukubi
WHEN it comes to live music, drumming is considered the heartbeat of any band, so the efforts of Namibia’s self-styled drum king, Fernando Piu Paulus, can therefore not go unnoticed.
The 27-year-old, who hails from Windhoek, has made a name for himself on the local music scene for being the drummer of at least 10 bands and artists, including, Fujazz, Big Ben, Elemotho, Monique English, Paradox, Maranatha and Lize Ehlers, to mention a few.
A payment streams analyst/administrator at Bank BIC by profession, the drum king wishes he was doing music on a fulltime basis, but acknowledges that finances do not allow this. “As much as I love music, and pray that one day I’ll do it on a fulltime basis, one has bills to pay, and one needs a car to drive. In country like Namibia, you need multiple income streams, to achieve this. However, my music career is as flourishing as my day job,” Fernando told Confidente this week. Being young and full of life, Fernando started playing drums in church, at the tender age of 14. His church bought a drum kit that was valued at N$15 000 back in 2008, and Fernando later started playing regularly for local superstars like Ras Sheehama and Tequila, when he was 18. Despite his ICT technician background, he is deemed the hardest working drummer in the country, and has been trusted for the past two years with the job of being the music director at the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs). “I am lucky to have been trusted to do music directing for the NAMAs, for two years straight, and not many people know that I am behind the performances.”
Having toured many countries over the past seven years, Fernando seems well on his way to becoming a legend in the making, and he regards himself as a session drummer, who is not limited to any genre.
“I’m a session drummer; I play gospel, jazz, RnB, hip-hop and basically all Namibian genres. This is probably why people consider me the best, but actually I think I’m just reliable and capable of executing my job, as expected,” Fernando said.
“I’m so crazy about music, and it hurts my brain when somebody asks me what my favourite genre is.” Fernando told Confidente that he is motivated by his passion and love for music, and wouldn’t exchange this for anything. “I’d say that I’m recognised as one of the A-list musicians in Namibia,” he added. Not only is he a celebrated drummer, he is also a brand.
“My music career as a drummer has now gone to a whole new level; I have built up a brand and a following in Zambia, Malawi, Uganda and Angola, because of the videos I’ve posted on YouTube,” Fernando added.
The YouTube videos have earned him music tour to Central Africa, with an artist from Malawi, and also landed him the NAMAs gig. Fernando is definitely the coolest drummer around, and the nation can expect a lot more from him, in the future.
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