EES ecstatic after X-Factor win

29 October 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Adolf Kaure

Popular Namibian musician Eric Sell (35), better known as EES, along with his Yes-Ja! Band produced impressive performances and won X-Factor Germany recently.

Speaking to Erongo this week, EES expressed his excitement about winning the competition.

“It was such an honour to be part of this big show on German television seen by millions. The great thing is that I was able to play my own songs, spread the ‘Nam Flava’ kwaito culture to Europe and reach a totally new market.”

Despite Namibians not being allowed to vote for the competition, EES said he remained optimistic that he would claim the victory.

“Unfortunately Namibia could not vote. I know Namibians are very proud and strong voters. I have however reached many new fans that like the fresh Afro sound and also established a fan base that has been increasing in the last couple of years in Germany. It was a very difficult task as the competitors were very strong, but we pushed our best.”

The “Ayoba” hitmaker was born and raised in Windhoek. Over the years he managed to make many friends in Swakopmund. According to him, growing up in Namibia enabled him to get Namibian swag. This resonates in his music which is appreciated overseas.

“It was such a great feeling to play on the big X-Factor stage with a Namibian flag. This gives me even more power, as I know I am doing it for a greater good. People love my music here, it’s totally something new and fresh for them. I get many positive messages via social media,” EES commented.

He aims to perform on more overseas stages in 2019 and says he was grateful for the challenges he faced in his career as they shaped him into the musician he is today.

“Competing in the X-Factor show provided some some huge challenges. It was good that I took part and I am definitely stronger and wiser now,” he said.

X-Factor is the German version of The X-Factor, a show originating from the United Kingdom. It is a television music talent show contested by aspiring pop singers drawn from public auditions.