dB Audio in Namibia has continued its growing investment in Robe moving lights with the purchase of 12 Robe Spiider LED wash beams, adding to the largest Robe stock in Namibia, with over 150 Robe moving lights.
The lights were supplied by DWR Distribution’s southern and central Africa network, making DWR the latest addition in a steady commitment to the brand, which dates back 13 years by dB Audio; currently one of the busiest rental and production specialists in Namibia. The first pieces of kit were 2 AT series 575 Spots. “I’ve not looked back since that day,” declared David Benade, company owner and founder.
Benade recalled how it was a big decision at the time: “But one that’s totally paid off for our company and our market. Robe has given us fantastic support over the years and it’s been really gratifying to see their hard work pay off and make them a market leader.”
dB Audio was so busy for the last 2 months of 2017 that they pulled out all their older Robe purchases including the original 575 Spot ATs and a bunch of XT Series scanners. Since 2010 with the launch of the LEDWash 600 and a turning point for Robe’s own product strategies, dB has invested in all the major product releases, including the LED Wash series, LEDBeam 100s and 1000s and more recently Pointes and BMFLs.
There’s also the fact that the cross rental market in Namibia is limited, and to hire extra kit from South Africa can be phenomenally expensive due to the transport costs, so the idea has also been to try and be as self-sufficient as possible with good equipment.
Robe Spiiders were an obvious choice as specified by the dB lighting team led by Gillroy Barmann, who commented: “Our Robe LEDWash series fixtures have worked extremely hard, so it was time to invest in the latest versions and take some pressure off the older stock. It’s an incredible fixture with excellent output and plenty of flexibility at a good price … and it’s also going to be relevant for some time!” exclaimed Benade.
The first job for the new dB Audio Spiiders was the Windhoek Jazz Festival in Independence Stadium, Windhoek (LD Ramon le Roux). dB’s Gillroy Barmann and Geraldo Papo then used them for the Hunter’s Roadshow, a high profile party in Ongwediva in the north of Namibia for the top SA cider brand. Ramon Le Roux included them again in his design for international singer Joss Stone’s one off performance at the Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek.