By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THE Namibian Annual Awards (NAMAs) has unmistakably grown from strength to strength and the event is ultimately gunning to be one of best award ceremonies on the continent.
The success of the NAMAs is often always associated with the event organisers, but little praise is given to the band that makes the night unforgettable for many artists who often do not get the opportunity to perform with a full live band.
Confidente this past week spoke to the NAMAs band leader, Fernando ‘Drum King’ Paulus to find out more about the men behind the music.
According to Paulus, the NAMA band was discovered in 2015 by MTC Executive, Tim Ekanjo at the MTC Independence Concert, where American RnB superstar, Trey Songs was the headliner.
“At that time, we were playing for Oteya as her tour band and Tim [Ekandjo] was so impressed and offered us the NAMA gig” Paulus said.
Although most artists were uncomfortable performing with a band, Paulus says that the Dogg and Oteya did not have issues as they both had stellar performances.
“Our biggest challenge was to convince many local artists to perform with a live band,” he added. Another challenge, according to Paulus, is the fact that some of the artists cannot sing. “We constantly have to use their own backing vocals, just for them to sound good while some of them did not have the courage to perform with a live band.’’
He stressed that most artists do not understand what a live performance is, as they expect the live version to sound exactly like the track on the CD. However, Paulus notes, this is not the case.
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