The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Last Band Standing Starts On a High Note

Saturday night was the when. National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) was the where and the reason was for it all was the love of live music. The third edition of the NTN's Last Band Standing kicked off to a variation of talent over the weekend. The three diverse bands that battled it out for a place in the next round were, the Afro jazz band - FuJazz featuring Raymound Pande, the reggae band - Raslando and the Internationals and lastly the rock band Penilane.

The NTN Backstage gave an intimate feel to the major competition.

The bands performed on a beautifully set up stage. They each gave their all in front of a crowd that filled the venue. While the audience that was made up of family, friends and fans of the different bands enjoyed and danced to the music, a panel of judges had to make the tough decision of picking the winner of the evening.

In a very close race, Penilane came out tops on the evening to become the first band to make it through to the second round of the competition.

Head judge Stanley Similo said that judging was no easy task. "It is a very delicate process, even though we are here to enjoy the music we as judges know that this competition is also here to nourish live music in Namibia."

Similo also explained some of criteria which will be used throughout the Last Band Standing competition.

"We look at the technical aspects, how tight the band is when playing together, we also look at the dynamics of the performance, bands must understand that they are a unit. We also look at the creativity and originality which is highly scored," he said.

The next round will take place on Wednesday, February 20 when the Sliverstars, TribeUnion and Big Ben will battle it out for a place in the next round.

The first round performances will take place every Wednesday and Saturday until Wednesday, March 13, at the NTN Backstage. Entrance for each show is N$50. Tickets are available at the NTN.

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