Nama Nominees Announced

The battle is on! The nominees for the highly anticipated Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) were finally made public on Monday during a one hour special of ‘Whatagwan’ with television personality Pombili Shilongo and Spoken Word artist Ashwin Mberi as the hosts.

Although African costumes and well-rehearsed performances entertained, the audience, both on set and at home, were holding their breaths and crossing their fingers in hopes that their favourite artists would make it through the various selections. Now the wait is finally over and the race for the coveted award in each category is going to be a tough one.

Gazza managed to scoop up the most nominations with eight under his belt, while The Dogg, Exit, Dixon and female duo Vanity followed closely behind with six nominations each. Newcomer DJ El-Nino and kwaito artist Mushe, having five nominations each, fell into third place leaving Lady May, Blossom and Ees with less than four nominations each. Despite the controversy surrounding Maszanga last year, the group is back in the competition in the Best Group or Duo and Best Afro Pop inclusive of Disco categories.

Take a look at other nominees in their respective categories: Best Female Artist of the Year includes Blossom, Danky Faith, Erna Chimu, Lady May, Sanet Lambrechts and Tunakie. The Male Artist of the Year nominees are: Exit, Gazza, Jean-Michael, Mushe and The Dogg while Big Ben, Castro, Lize Ehlers, Ongoro Nomundu, Stella and Wild Dogs Music Group will go head-to-head in the Best Live Performance category.

The Namibian’s very own Ndapewoshali Shapwanale and Rukee Kaakunga have been nominated in the Entertainment Journalist of the Year category as well.

Be sure to vote for the Song of the Year by SMSing the name of the artist and their short code to 66262. Each SMS will be charged at N$2.

The NAMAs will take place on 2 and 3 May in Swakopmund at the Swakopmund Indoor Sports Centre. You can book your place by buying standard tickets at Computicket for N$250, while VIPs will have to fork out N$500. Tickets will not be sold at the venue.

Source : The Namibian