We haven’t even shipped a single piece of our new “big phatty” backpack, the XXL Roadpack,  and it is already winning awards. NAMBACKER NATION, the manufacturer’s networking association that does sweepstakes promotions, gave our new Namba Gear prototype backpack the award for Best Carrier Solutions at the January 2014 NAMM Show. Well,  guess that settles it. We’ll have to go into production after all.

This bag is 3 inches taller than the Big Namba Studio Backpack. While the basic design and feature set is identical to the Studio & Remix backpacks,  the back controller compartment is 1 in deeper and 1 in wider so it should be a great fit for Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 and other controllers that are in this range. Look for it around May of this year.

Namba Gear XXL Roadpack wins Best Carrier Solution at NAMM Show

Ask Audio posted their Top 10 Highlights from the NAMM Show and it looks like 7 out of 10 will fit into one of the Namba Gear bags or backpacks. Not bad. Without revealing too much, one of the top 10 is Universal Audio’s new Apollo Twin, which is a perfect fit for the Samba Stash Bag.


Click here to see the entire list.

Kelly Brightwell (songwriter & performer)

Portland, Oregon

Website: http://www.kellybrightwell.com

Shimmering Northwest Americana. Imagine Sarah McLachlan and Patty Griffin hanging out after an Over the Rhine concert, drinking Stumptown coffee and enjoying the rain…

Kellynamba picIt’s been ten years since her debut CD “Wait for Your Spring”, was released, and three years since she put a solo music career on hold to raise her daughter Carissa. “Hearts and Home”, her new album, is the product of these years of soul-searching, growing as a person and as a musician, and reflects what only time can provide… maturity.

She explains, “I made a conscious decision to take a break, to lay things down, knowing that I’d pick them back up again. I would actually call my time away a transformation. ‘Hearts and Home’ is a kind of map of those changes — life changes as well as artistic changes.”

This change is also reflected in the rootsy, Americana sound of “Hearts and Home”. Produced by Rob Stroup (8 Ball Studio), with his entourage of high-caliber players (the Blame, Moody Little Sister), the album is a fully realized… “His vision for the album really amplified the emotional content of my songs”, she says. “It’s not a surprise, after such a rich studio experience, that I’m playing with my own band now!”

Kelly, what do you like best about your Namba Gear bag?

The Li’l Namba Remix bag is the most hard-working urban daypack I have ever had the pleasure of abusing! As someone who has dealt with Repetitive Stress Injuries, I can attest to the necessity of having an ergonomically correct way to carry my gear. When I’m wearing my solo singer/songwriter hat, my Li’l Namba can carry everything I need in a protected and organized way: from pedals and DI box, to CDs and a laptop.

For my full-band gigs, it keeps my jumble of instrument and equipment cables straight, and collects other necessary odds and ends in its many pockets, flaps and a secret compartment…

What’s your favorite music software?

Um, pen and paper? Seriously… there’s something about the movement of my hand across a notebook that accesses a more creative, image-based, right brain type of songwriting. That said, I am very excited to get some recording software on my MacBook (a college graduation present to myself this past summer:) The way my life looks now, as the mother of a preschooler, being able to record music myself — wherever I am when the Muse speaks — is practical and essential.

Do you have a favorite remote recording location?

“Remote” isn’t an option for me these days. “Hidden” is more do-able: a locked bathroom, my (wo)man cave in the basement, the covered porch in winter, even a parked car can be solitude enough to create!

Catch Kelly Brightwell in 2014! She’ll be logging in some West Coast tour dates with her band, as well as visiting conferences and festivals across the country…. Album available at CD Baby and iTunes: http://www.kellybrightwell.com/_buy/

Kelly allowed us to use two of her songs from her debut CD “Wait for Your Spring” as the soundtrack for our video Namba Gear From Planet Earth, where we show many of our user submitted photos. Thanks again, Kelly.

linkedin-puzzleAfter visiting with our Namba Gear customers at ASCAP Expo Hollywood, Mobile Beat Las Vegas, DJ Expo Atlantic City, and BPM Birmingham, UK last year it became very clear just how professional and business-like our customers are. We realize that about 80% of the musicians and djs out there either don’t work enough to warrant a purchase of Namba Gear or decide that they can get by with a Walxxxt (discount store) purchase, perhaps because they just travel locally. The remaining 20% are our potential customers. Always learning, always seeking to better themselves at their performance & craft, totally pro and understanding of the need to safely transport and protect their gear.

So it was with this understanding that we decided to expand our social networking going into 2014 to include LinkedIn. We immediately discovered that not only were our customers happy to welcome us to LinkedIn, but supporters from other areas of the industry including other gear companies and even some media followed us on LinkedIn.

So if you are on LinkedIn, please take a moment to follow us at: http://www.linkedin.com/company/namba-gear. Thank you all for your continued support!

Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter as well.

Holiday Offer

From now until December 31st, Namba Gear is offering a buy one get one FREE offer on ALL of our messenger bags! Simply purchase your first messenger bag direct via our Namba Gear web shop and in the “comments” section of the order write GET ONE FREE and provide the model/color of any other messenger bag of equal or lesser value for FREE! How easy is that?

Offer applies to all Messenger Bags – Kava Laptop Studio Bag, Kucha iPad Bag, Shaka Laptop Messenger and Samba Personal Stash Bag. Valid in USA only. UK & Europe customers contact our UK warehouse for the same offer at [email protected] for delivery to your door.

Our webshop only ships to addresses in the United States and Canada.