Meet NaJah at ‘Night Under the Stars’

Johanna Nangula Tommasi. Photo: Contributed

Singer and songwriter Johanna Nangula Tommasi, known as NaJah, will take the spotlight at the upcoming Goethe-Institut Namibia’s inaugural ‘Night Under the Stars’ for 2024, on Friday, 2 February.

For over 10 years, NaJah has built a name for herself with her passion for live music and authentic stage performances. She has worked with various local artists in composing, collaborating and producing music.

NaJah studied African performing arts at the College of the Arts in Windhoek from 2013 to 2015 where she majored in theory of music and acoustic guitar. She also plays the African drums (ngoma and djembe), marimba and mbira, percussion, blues harmonica and indigenous African bow and string instruments.

Included in her most played songs are ‘Uufiku Ule’, ‘On My Mind’ and ‘Carry On’, which enjoy airplay on local radio stations.

NaJah is also a keen photographer and loves to mentor upcoming artists in refining their musical creativity and expression.

She says the public can look forward to an unforgettable evening under the stars as well as a dynamic and immersive experience.

“My band and I have carefully curated a musical journey that explores different emotions and themes. The concert is designed to create a memorable musical atmosphere. I can’t wait to share this musical journey with everyone attending. Each performance is a collaborative experience.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for music with others. I encourage everyone to immerse themselves in the upcoming concert, embracing the emotions and stories woven into the music.”

NaJah says the show will feature her original repertoire and a few pieces from her debut album ‘Too Blessed To Stress’.

The aim of her show, she says, is to deliver not only technically proficient music, but also a deeply emotional and captivating presentation.

“The concert will showcase a blend of passion, precision and a genuine connection with the music. I want the audience to feel a strong connection to the pieces we’re performing, leaving them with a lasting and memorable musical experience. I want the public to know that their presence adds a unique energy to my show and I am looking forward to creating a memorable musical experience.”

NaJah says tracks like ‘Tema’ and ‘Carry On’ will definitely form part of her performance. These songs hold a special place in her heart because they not only showcase her composition skills, but also allow her to express a range of emotions. They also offer a unique opportunity to connect with the audience and convey the depth and diversity of musical expression.

“Performing on this stage means the world to me. It’s an opportunity to share my love for music with a live audience, to connect on a deeper level through the universal language of sound. Each performance is a unique and precious moment where I can convey emotions, stories and my passion for the art. It’s a chance to create a shared experience with the audience and leave a lasting impact through the power of music.”

NaJah says through her music she aims to convey a myriad of emotions and perspectives, allowing listeners to embark on a journey of self-reflection and connection.

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