No Names debut at Kalabar tonight

Windhoek: A brand new musical act, being hailed as the No Names, makes its debut at NamJam tonight in the Kalabar at the Hilton Hotel in the City.

Occasionally the Hilton NAMJAMS concert series has been introducing newcomers with promising careers. Stardust made a debut appearance here recently, shortly after their rise to fame at the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs).

Their backing and supporting band consisted of young musicians, most studying music at the College of the Arts currently. Complementing the Stardust duo, two artists stood out, namely vocalist Esmeralda Kamoca Fernandes and rapper Fesse Amunyela.

No Names offer a basis for other musicians of the same age group – some of whom are currently enjoying their school holidays elsewhere. The name implies that the musicians are not widely known, but definitely ready to step outside their rehearsal rooms and face the challenge of making a name for themselves. How better to begin their fateful journey than by offering a debut concert at the Hilton Kalabar?

Leonard ‘Leo’ Nombanza is the musical director and plays acoustic guitar. He and his brother, drummer Gabes T Nombanza, the heartbeat of the band, used to ‘wake up to the sound of rehearsals by the Ndilimani Group’, which is being led by their father, Jesse Nombanza. On bass and adding the essential groove is Kapula Fernandes,

Fesse Amunyela, a.k.a. Fiddy the Rapper, Miralda Fernandes and Lucy Hopwood are the three front liners in the group. Fesse’s favourite stile is R and B and Hip Hop, but he rapps over all kinds of music, from indie rock to jazz and afro-pop. His lyrics are deep and tell a story for listeners to follow. Miralda is a student of biomedical science at UNAM and sister to the No Names bassist.

Both she and Lucy collected accolades at the Namibian Championships of Performing Arts 2015 and Miralda reached fourth place in the recent ‘talent quest show’ organised by Daab Consulting. Miralda and Lucy comprise a perfect vocal symbiosis – the former exudes vocal confidence, the latter emotion. No Names play original compositions mixed with old school. Entrance is free.