Soul soothing Salvador


05 April 2018 | People

Otis Finck

Erongo caught up with double NAMA nominee Salvador Mouers (24) in Narraville.

Salvador’s song “Lay It Down” earned him a nomination in the Best Rhythm and Blue (R&B) category and his debut album “Everything” ensured a nomination for him in the Best Newcomer category.

However, he’s facing tough competition from other nominees in this category, including the likes of Athawise for Elite Asylum, Cool Under Pressure for Free Money, Romi for 11:11 and Suzy Eises for Suzy Eises.

The other nominees for best R&B are Bradley Anthony for Bwoy, Chikune for All in One, Sally Boss Madam for Ecstacy and Shaeto for Special Thing feat Arlinda.

Salvador says “Lay It Down” is a bedroom song that he composed way back in 2013 when he started with the hip hop outfit Brasse Vannie Mike. “Before that, I was member of the R&B group Contagious Africa. I never used the lyrics and when I signed with the Deal Done (owned by Antonio Antonio) in 2017, it became the first song I completed on my debut solo album released in November last year.”

The lyrics and unique vocal tone of “Lay It Down” caused quite a stir on the airwaves and remained at the top Radio Energy’s Hip Hop R&B music charts for nearly a month.

“I target and cater to entertain everybody with the music I make. I don’t want to confine myself. I feel many Namibian artists tends to box themselves in.”

Everything bears testimony to Salvador’s versatile prowess as a vocalist, composer and producer. It consists of 11 tracks and caters to a wide variety of music genres, including R&B, reggae, Afro Pop, A cappella and ballads. The artist worked with three producers on the album. Sideline, which is currently no 2 on the Radio Energy charts, was produced by Glo and features the rapper Yorhighnest Biko. The other tracks were produced by Arrafath and Taz from Zambia.

According to Salvador, he also collaborated with Monique English, reigning best female R&B artist and category nominee for 2018, on the single “Does she know”, which she entered for the awards.

“I am not sure if my vocals were actually used on the song and will only find out at the awards!”

English hails from Swakopmund, is also a member of Deal Done and won the Best Female R&B artist award for her album Since 1994 last year.

Salvador also composed the beats of “Silwer Randjie” and “Soewalakasa” for Afrikaans rapper Ixa in 2015.

“Ixa is a true inspiration to the youth and he should continue on the path he has chosen. The same goes for young, upcoming talented musicians. They should pursue their dreams with passion and vigour.”

He credits his mother Ellenor for being instrumental and very supportive of his musical career. “My mother and Sallea, my 6-month old baby girl are my driving forces.”

Asked about his future plans, Salvador says he is working towards signing with an international music label.

“Being nominated and going on to win a NAMA is much more than an achievement and earning recognition to me. I know it will open doors for me and inspire other artist to step up. Now is the appropriate time for them to do so.”

He is of the opinion that organisers of events in Namibia should stop offering artists exposure in exchange for their performances, and rather compensate them adequately for their services.

“We cannot sustain families and decent lifestyles with words of gratitude. This aspect of the industry must change.”

Salvador dreams of the day he can share the stage with Jonathan Butler and says the artist is actually doing what he would love to do at a professional level.

While working in the capital, he collaborated with The Dogg on the track “If I slow down” and with Sunny Boy on “Week in week out”. He also worked with an upcoming artist Tautiko on two tacks titled “Don’t sleep or slumber” and “Let you go”. He also held gigs at the Hilton Hotel, Base FM and Labrocante.

“I have the tendency to make every experience educational. It is my personal purpose as an artist. Music is my way of life. There is no in between for me. I want to establish myself as a complete artist and producer. I know the basics and have already set up my own home recording studio for personal use and where I am unearthing and moulding young, talented artists.”

The NAMAs take place at the Dome in Swakopmund on 28 April.

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