Drum King behind the beats

YOU’D be hard pressed to find a more prolific, well-rounded and influential drummer in Namibia than Fernando Paulus better known as ‘Drum King’. With a solid sense of swing and a tireless right hand, Paulus has captured many musicians’ imagination while making drumming and jazz music more acceptable to the masses. Born and raised in Windhoek, the Namibian hunk is behind the beat of every major live concert in the country. This week, Confidente spoke to the passionate drummer, who describes himself as a professional who never comprises his art. “I established myself as a reliable professional and also I bring a lot more than just drums to artists. I created a brand and network that allows me to be beneficial to many artists in different ways.” With a fierce commitment to making every idea and every note as clear as day Paulus has worked with many prominent artists, such as Elemotho, Erna Chimu, including stars like Judith Sephuma and Simphiwe Dana. Apart from the above mentioned creatives, Paulus said, “I am currently Gazza’s tour drummer and performance consultant. I also play for Big Ben, Lize Ehlers, KP Illest, Maranatha and Suzy Eises, to name a few.” Not only has he worked with a few of Namibia’s biggest stars, he is also the music director of the Namibian Annual Music Awards for a few years now. “That experience opened so many doors for me,” he noted. Paulus is also the main man behind Gazza’s live performances. Expressing his gratitude, he noted that, “I grew up as a GMP fan so playing for Gazza now is something very special.”