The eye-catching lighting scheme was created by Jonathan Bandli from design practice Bad Weather in Cape Town
Namibia - Celebrating the very best of Namibian musical and recording talent, the 2015 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) was staged at the Swakopmund Indoor Sports Centre, in the coastal city of the same name, with full technical production delivered by Windhoek based dB Audio Namibia for producers Rockstar 4000.

The eye-catching lighting scheme was created by Jonathan Bandli from design practice Bad Weather in Cape Town, and included over 100 Robe moving lights.

The show, sponsored by a combination of Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) who broadcast it live, was the second NAMAs for Jonathan, having been asked on-board last year by dB Audio Namibia to set the scene with a production design incorporating the visual mediums of lighting, video and set.

He received a brief from the producers outlining the theme and direction of the show, and started to evolve the design from there, taking into consideration the kit that was available locally.

The idea was that the set, lighting and video were all integrally layered to produce a more coherent overall look with each discipline complimenting the other, and also structured so layers providing more new and exciting visual treatments could be revealed as the lengthy show unfolded.

The Robe count included 18 x BMFL Spots, 24 x Pointes, 12 x LEDBeam 1000s, 24 x LEDWash 600s, eight LEDWash 300s, 12 x LEDBeam 100s, eight 600E Spots and six ColorWash 700E ATs.

The BMFL Spots were arranged in three rows of six units on the three over-stage trusses, and for the event, they were Jonathan's primary spot fixtures, handling multiple tasks from standard spotlighting to specials, general front light, texturing plus massive aerial and beam effects.

The LEDBeam 1000s were also new to the party, and these were spaced in between the BMFLs on the mid and upstage trusses where they created a very potent back wash. He also had two LEDBeam 1000s on the set ramp for creating eye-candy effects on camera.

Jonathan, who also ran all the show lighting on a Road Hog 4, has used Robe products since the start of his career as a lighting professional, and commented that the brand is extremely widespread and well supported in Africa via distributor DWR.

(Jim Evans)

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