“Big Ben, founder of Back to Live Music” – Rediscovering Live Music
Windhoek – Back 2 Live Music was initiated in Namibia early this year with the aim of “giving an opportunity to upcoming and established musicians to prepare and perform their music with a live band in front of a crowd,” says Big Ben, founder of Back to Live Music.
Big Ben says artists generally use back-tracks when they perform on stage, which does not develop their craft as well as those performers who use full bands.
This, he notes, limits their professional development.
On June 28, Big Ben was billed to bring his idea to the stage at the Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek under the name “Big Ben in Concert with Ongoro Nomundu & Exit”.
The initiation of Back to Live Music came after Namibian music lovers said they were not happy with the fact that they pay for concerts but then find that they are listening to CDs which they would most likely already have bought.
“Therefore media discussions prompted The Last Band and myself to create a platform where willing musicians can experience live music performances and hopefully encourage them to perform their music live,” says Big Ben.
The first beneficiary of this project was an upcoming rapper J-Black from the Black Out Gang.
“His first performance left the crowd wanting more and requesting me to try this with more artists to prepare them for bigger and better paying gigs,” Big Ben adds.
Big Ben and The Last Band are not only one of the most-used outfits for corporate events, but they have shown competitiveness when they took second place in the finals of the Last Band Standing Competition early this year.
The project is currently supported by Radio Energy, The Warehouse Theatre as well as Okinikini Records.
Big Ben says the project will carry on staging shows for diverse artists from various genres in the hope that the legacy of live music set by veterans such as Ras Sheema, Jackson Kaujeua, Ndilimani Cultural Troupe and M Connection amongst others will live on.