Namibia’s rated hardest working artist, Liz Ehlers has just delivered a sterling event in the coast dubbed Song Night and she is ready to gallivant right round the country hunting for some of Namibia’s undiscovered and unpolished gemstones.
The coast’s Song Night event was curtain raised by the enchanting Miss H and it brought out of the Swakopmund and Walvis bay’s shell, an exceptional collection of beautiful voices.
Miss H remains a musical force that has remained as organic and true to the art as a few artists have been over the years, and her name needs no introduction in the musical corridors.
Melting her soul into her sound, she belted out quite a profound performance and the crowd reaction was electric with the event receiving standing ovations.
The vivacious and amicable award winning songstress took time to share some of the coastal memories with Vibe as she promised to remain unstoppable in watering the seedbed of Namibia’s next house-hold names.
“Song Night came out great and the auditions were interesting in Walvis bay and in Swakop and in the end we had about ten performers from each town which is what we normally have in Windhoek as well,” says Ehlers.
Swakopmund brought the might of the Rock sound among a host of younger budding musicians and Ehlers says she is appreciative of the support professionals landed.
“Definitely we have some incredible voices that we must look out for but we can not only look out for them, we have to nurture them and I think that’s why it’s important to take Song Night back to Swakop as soon as possible,” she vows.
Ehlers’ commitment to her art and the desire to see it radiate to the next generation is astonishing as she continues to send tutorials via YouTube to maintain a umbilical cord with every base Song Night touches in all corners of the country.
“But physical presence makes a very big difference in mentorship,” she enthuses with a palpable firmness in her voice.
Although Miss H struck the right chords to near block-buster perfection, Ehlers says the most profound part of the show was when she poured her heart out to younger artists and took them through the genesis of her career.
“She explained to them that she taught herself how to play an instrument because she didn’t want to rely on other people anymore. That was the most independent and liberating thing she did for herself,” Ehlers says.
Ehlers’ radiance of love and aura of affection enveloped the entire event much to the pleasure of the little ones who tripped on their voices every now and then due to stage fright.
“Only through continuing what you do will you improve. So it’s our job as an audience to recognise also when the little ones are getting scared. But we encourage them to start over so they can farmiliarise,” she explains.
Song Night has grown by leaps and bounds since 2011 and Ehlers has kept her foot on the pedal to accelerate and rolling it out into all corners of Namibia.
Such noble an undertaking is driven in the main by her understanding and seeming disgust on how Windhoek has for long been taken as the paddock of art in Namibia.
In March, Ehlers will light up the south, but not before the event touches base in the capital this month.