BORN and bred Baainaar Denzel Leroy //Naobeb, popularly known as NSK or Naobeb Se Kind, is an award-winning entertainer. His passion and love for entertainment started from the tender age of six, when he joined the school choir. Ever since then NSK has become a fully-fledged entertainment machine and has pursued various media and art disciplines including, dancing, singing, acting, deejaying and being a radio journalist. Confidente’s Entertainment Reporter Jeoffrey Mukubi (JM) recently sat down with the multi-disciplined entertainment virtuoso to find out how he manages to keep so many balls up in the air.
JM: Describe NSK in one sentence?
NSK: Naobeb Se Kind, the award-winning entertainer.
JM: Tell us about your entertainment career over the past 9 years?
NSK: I have been in this industry as a professional since 2009. It has been a tough but rewarding road. Tough because the capital city is a cut-throat place and having come from the small town of Walvis Bay, nobody knew me or my potential, so I had to work twice as hard. And it was rewarding because I got to do something that my heart truly desires, and that is to entertain. I have always been an entertainer and the life of the party ever since my childhood.
JM: Which one of your disciplines do you favour the most and why?
NSK: Look, I cannot really choose. I am a very complex entertainer with the rare ability to do everything. Each discipline fills a certain part of
NSK. Together all of them make NSK. If my acting takes me to Hollywood I will probably still do a small DJ gig somewhere at an underground club.
JM: Did your upbringing play a role in influencing you to pursue your career choice as an entertainer?
NSK: Yes. My upbringing had a major influence on me. When I was 6, I was part of a church choir, called St Francis Choir, and I sang base. We did Sunday school plays which required of you to say your lines in front of the whole church. Ousi Meriam use to drill us. In the community (Kuisebmund), I was part of a Duneside acapella group. In high school I was part of the formation of their first school choir, as well as being part of the annual school play. I also took part in the school beauty pageant. Stanley Mareka (owner of Equipped Dance Academy) is my blood cousin, so not only did my surroundings influence me heavily, but it is in my blood.
JM: What was your most memorable moment as an entertainer?
NSK: There are a couple and they are all firsts. My first radio show with Treza Cooper on Unam Radio. Hosting Knowledge Katti’s late grandmother’s birthday party in Walvis Bay, which had Grammy award winner Anthony Hamilton as the main performer. Winning the SYM Award for Favourite Actor, as well as nailing my first TV commercial with the Namibia Breweries Limited. Now I’m hoping for a first lead role in a movie.
JM: Would you like to tell us more about your ‘thank you’ speech at the SYM Fashion and Lifestyle Awards:
NSK: Look, we have South African multinationals that are making millions every day in this country but do not invest a single dime back into the community and in my case, arts and entertainment. Look at any South African clothing shop, let us say for instance Pep. How much money does Pep make from one shop, in one town? How many shops does Pep have in one town? How many shops does Pep have around the country? Have you ever heard Pep sponsor anything sustainable in this country? We cannot always expect the MTC’s, NBL’s of this world to sponsor everything. The government needs to look at the arts sector and realize its potential economically and enact laws that will compel these South African multinationals to plough back, seeing that they are reluctant to do it freely! Support businesses that plough back into the country and its people.
JM: What is your opinion on the current state of the entertainment industry in Namibia?
NSK: We are too focused on the music (musicians). By us, I mean society, media and stakeholders. We forget that we have photographers, dancers, choreographers, MC’s, radio presenters, TV presenters, fine arts artists etc. We are too heavily influenced by South African entertainment industry. Too many people in powerful positions that do not have an idea of what is happening on the ground. And lastly, we are not united as entertainers to create a Namibian sound, style, swag and culture.
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