Gazza and Oteya’ Best Artists of the Year

CORRECTION: REPLACE ‘(Dephne Wilbard)’ with ‘(Daphne Willibard)’ IN FIRST PARA.

SWAKOPMUND: Namibian artist Oteya’ (Daphne Willibard) scooped the Best Female Artist award of the year on Saturday night at the two-night Namibia Annual Music Awards (Namas) held in the coastal town of Swakopmund.

This is the first award for Wilbard after she went solo by breaking from RandB girl duo, Gal Level some years back. She also won the Best Afro Pop award for her song titled ‘Ethimbo’, a song about how music can set a person free from daily worries.

The Best Male Artist award went to Gazza (Lazarus Shiimi) for his track ‘Shuna’, which featured Uhuru and DJ Buckz, and scooped two more awards: Best Collaboration and Radio Song of the Year.

The 2015 Namas, hosted at the Swakopmund Indoor Sport Centre on Friday and Saturday, showered local artists with more accolades.

The Tswazis group went home with Best Album of the Year award for their album titled ‘Full Force’, while Paradox walked away with the Most Popular Artist of the Year award and Song of the Year award for their track titled ‘Chasin’, which featured AliThatDude.

House music group, StarDust won the Best Duo/Group award and Best House award for their track titled ‘Lights’.

President Hage Geingob in his official opening speech read by Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya thanked Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) for helping develop the Namas from a humble beginning to glitz and glamour.

He said the Namibian music industry has grown from strength to strength.

“Gone are the days where Namibians had to dance to South African music only. Now, Namibian music has arrived,” he boasted.

Geingob then paid tribute to artists such as Gazza, The Dog, D-naff, Bullet Ya Kaoko and Oteya’ for making the ‘Namibian House’ dance.

Namas winners on Friday:

Best Acapella: Ovanandjeda Choir for ‘Jesus Hinakumuesa’

Best Afrikaans: Araffath for ‘Bughter Meisie ft. S-Man’

Best Gospel: D-Naff for ‘Omwa Tuulukila Ondjila ft. Tequila and V-Lo’

Best Kizomba: Blossom for ‘Egululandje’

Best Song with a Message: Big Ben for ‘Africa Unite (Against Baby Dumping)’

Best Reggae: StarDust for ‘Calling On You’

Best Rock / Alternative: Lize Ehlers for ‘Just Show Up’

Best Shambo: Lonette for ‘Owambo’

Best Single: Chikune for ‘Pumpkin’

Most Disciplined Artist of the Year: Paradox

Best Live Performance of the Year: Ongoro no Mundu

Entertainment Journalist of the Year: Rinelda Mouton

Entertainment DJ of the Year: Gospert Kaffer

Best Musical Event of the Year: Gazza Ondjila CD Launch

Most Socially Responsible: D-Naff

Best Producer: Araffath Muhuure

LifeTime Achievement Award: Tate Kwela

Namas winners on Saturday:

Best Damara Punch: Dixon for ‘Ti xun’

Best Kwaito: Exit for ‘Killa All-Star’

Best Music Video: Black Vulcanite for ‘Big Egos’

Best Newcomer: Kalux for ‘Hafifange’

Best Oviritje: Bullet Ya Kaoko for ‘Ombua’

Best RnB: LiL D for ‘This Is Love’

Best Rap/Hip-Hop: KK for ‘Katutura Kid’

Best Soukous/Kwasa: Blossom for ‘Indamo Mondambo’

Best Traditional: Donsy and Daisy for ‘and#298; Da Ge Ra’

Namas Special Recognition Award: Juanita Du Plessis

The Best Male and Female Artist of the Year award winners walked away with a statuette and N.dollars 100 000 each, while other award winners received a statuette and cash prizes ranging from N.dollars 15 000 to N.dollars 25 000 per category.

SOURCE: NAMPA