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Drum King- We want fans too

Mon, 29 July 2013 01:36
by Linekela Halwoodi

fernando Pius Paulus got his first drumsticks when he was about 8 years old  made from pots and other kitchen utensil - now he is the Drum King.
His drumming is guaranteed to make you rock your head.
He has been a drummer for about 13 years and has played in live bands for musicians like Elemotho, Tequila, Ras Sheehama, Judith Sephuma, Akhan, Big Ben and others.
His love for beats started when he was very young. “I was Ras Sheehama’s neighbor when I was a child and I used to watch their rehearsals. So I picked up my first sticks when I was 7 or 8. I played the same beat that I always played on the keyboard,” he says.
His talents were only expanded when he started playing for his church. He then later inherited his first drum kit from his older brother. Around 2004 he started a music group with Tequila and two other musicians and called it Enganga.
That was when he had his breakthrough and doors opened for him. The group then broke up when Tequila went solo.
He started with theatre play and is now running a project called Kings Evolutions production that is supposed to promote live performances while merging old school with new technology.
He added that his project is supposed to discourage back tracking performances.
“I kind of hate this back track performances. What we did with the Omalaeti thing is we tried to have 30% back tracking and 70 live while singers lip sing” he says.
He wants an industry that would generate fans for drummers while being a source on income.
“I want fans too. We all want to be noticed in what we do. We stet standards. I wanted to be regarded as superior in what we do as well” he said. He wants to sell drum playing as a brand of music that Namibian can follow like other they follow musicians.
His life is revolves around music he says, “I have a musical life. I go live show or spent time in the studio”.  
He performed at The Villager’s 2nd anniversary and also toured to South Africa to perform alongside Elemotho for his music tour.