We will bring the fire – Temptations

For many soul music lovers, the Golden Age of Soul Music was in the 1970s. It was a decade of political turmoil around the world, but also one of incredible creativity, as artists took control of their careers and addressed both social issues and issues of the heart in new ways.

When it came down to soul music according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it is music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying. Not forgetting the catchy rhythms, stressed by handclaps and extemporaneous body moves, are an important feature of soul music.

According to Wikipedia, the Temptations is an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. The group’s work with producer Norman Whitfield, beginning with the Top 10 hit single "Cloud Nine" in October 1968, pioneered psychedelic soul, and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music.

The band members are known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and dress style. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations is among the most successful groups in popular music. 

Namibians will now have the opportunity to be in the presence of one of Motown’s biggest soul groups the Temptations Review.

The Temptations Review, formally led by Dennis Edwards who died in 2018, is currently led by Edward's lead singer Bernard Gibson. The group, as it stands today, holds the original sound they had in the 70’s

Gibson and his group vow to bring the roof down in Namibia when they perform at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on 6 April. The concert promises to be a memorable occasion for lovers of hits like 'My Girl' and 'Treat Her Like a Lady'.

Namibian artists Big Ben and Sally Boss Madam will support the tribute band, along with the young Botswana Afro-soul singer and guitarist Tshepiso Molosiwa, popularly known as Tshepi.

The group is currently on a Southern African tour with the organizer, Tsepi. Tsepi told the media at a press conference on Monday that as someone who loves classical music, he wanted people to feel the same way and introduce younger audiences to soul and classical music instead of the so called ‘bubblegum’ music of today. 

“I am simply just trying to promote a culture that I feel is lost and who knows maybe next year we might even pull through with Kool and The Gang or Stevie Wonder,” Tsepi said. 

Although all the original members of the group, formed in 1960, have passed on. The last remaining original member was Dennis Edwards, best known as the front man to the group, who passed on early 2018.

“It is by the grace of God that we have been able to continue the legacy of The Temptations, “said Bernard Gibson, who has been one of the members for 40 years. 

“And that was coupled with always finding the right people to carry on with the legacy. To keep that character of the legacy the same as the people remember it. These guys (group members) are pretty decent in what they do to maintain the legacy.”

Gibson said he had been able to train the rest of the members on the style of The Temptations. “I was fortunate enough to run into this group of individuals.” He said they have been able to stay relevant because while they want to retain the original sound and style of the group they have also learnt to move with the times.

“If it takes bringing a new person to preserve that continuity then so be it. It’s what has kept The Temptations going for this long.”

Joining them as supporting acts at the Hage Geingob stadium will be the ever ready and soulful Sally Boss Madam and afro jazz musician Big Ben. 

Tickets are available from webtickets.com.na, Pick n Pay outlets and Lucky Sky Travel and Tours.