THE Ells, an afro-fusion-neo-soul band, was founded in 2016 by three talented individuals, Emmanuel ‘Black Velvet’ Ndifon, who is a vocalist and a guitarist; Artwell ‘Slickartie’ Neusu also does vocals and the djembe; while Eli Jack Eagles plays the bass guitar and the harmonica.
The Ell’s bring an air of fun and relaxation to the stage with great crowd interaction and have made it big at local entertainment places.
The music played by the Ell’s is well known for having a mix of originals and covers from different artists, locally and internationally.
Confidente’s Jeoffrey Mukubi recently caught up with one of the band members Artwell ‘Slickartie’ Neusu to find out what thy have been up to and what the future holds for the group.
JM: Tells us how far you guys have come as a group?
AN: I feel like we have grown and we have so much new material that we perform and people still think they are covers. We are busy working on our EP (Extended Play), and funny enough an old couple visiting Namibia saw us at a show and in-boxed us on Facebook. They paid for us to record four songs of the EP.
JM: Do you guys plan to tour anytime soon?
AN: Yes, but I cannot mention a lot on that, because we are still to confirm certain things.
JM: How did you guys decide to form a band?
AN: I was doing my first show in Namibia when I saw Emmanuel at Song Night performing with Suzy Eises. He was fresh out of high school, and I just wanted to jam with him. I don’t know, maybe it was fate, but it was until two weeks later when I met him in town. At the time I was planning on leaving another band, Savanna Afros and go solo. We jammed and the rest is history. All our names have the letter L in them, so we decided to call ourselves The Ells.
The third member, Eli joined us later, but he’s currently in The United States of America studying medicine.
JM: Tell us about your performing experience in Windhoek/Namibia
AN: We came with a different sound and we are receiving nothing but love. I believe we are natural born performers and we are doing well, and people want to constantly book us. It has just been great.
JM: What is your music genre?
AN: It’s a mixture of virtually everything, because when we do covers of songs we make them our own. So I can’t really say, but Neo-soul come’s the closest.
We don’t sound like anybody else.
JM: What’s your favorite drink?
AN: We definitely love drinking Windhoek Draught.
JM: What else do you do besides music?
AN: Emmanuel is an electrical engineer, Eli is a medical student and I’m a full-time musician.
JM: Do you guys have groupies or super fans?
AN: Yes definitely, I mean we cater mostly for women but Emmanuel and I are in relationships, so they know when not to overstep boundaries.
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