Namas 2014, It’s a Wrap

WHILE Erna Chimu, Gazza and the Exit can pride themselves on walking away with some of the most sought after awards, the Namibia Annual Music Award (NAMA) organisers were definitely the biggest winners of the night.

A number of people were sceptical about the awards this year, following last year’s show, but judging from comments on social media networks, from viewers at home and the crowd at the event praising MTC and NBC, the awards were deemed entertaining and a resounding success.

“Delivering two world class shows outside of the capital, with all the logistical challenges that come with it was definitely not easy but a risk we were prepared to take to set a new status quo for Namibian music. Both shows were spectacular in all aspects of the show and as Executive Chairman, I am more than just happy. I would therefore like to thank the entire NAMA team that worked tirelessly on making this happen,” said Tim Ekandjo.

Erna Chimu and Gazza were crowned the queen and king of Namibian music as best female and male artists of the year. This year also definitely belonged to Kwaito artist Exit, who walked away with the Best Kwaito Artist of the Year, Most Popular Song of the Year as well as Radio Song of the Year titles.

Erna’s album ‘Hai Se-Rute’ secured her the Best Traditional, Best Instrumental Inclusive of Jazz and as previously stated Best Female Artist of the Year.

Newcomer as a solo artist, Freeda won her first NAMA in the category, Most Disciplined Artist of the Year. International award-winning A Capella group VMSIX added to their long list of awards when they won the Best Gospel and Best A Capella awards for their work on ‘Back to Basics’.

Freeda wowed us all with an amazing performance that started off with her being carried on stage in Beyonce style.

This year’s awards were definitely dominated by the newcomers with Elvis se Suen winning the album of the year, his first ever NAMA, N.I.A winning Best Hip-Hop and Jean-Michael winning Best Newcomer for his album ‘Rise and Shine’.

Gordon Joseph of the Namibian Sun walked away with Entertainment Journalist of the year while Max T walked away with Entertainment DJ of the Year.

As one of the sponsors and partners of the NAMAs, TribeOne has given three winners an opportunity to perform at Africa’s biggest music festival in September.

Erna Chimu (‘Best Female Artist of the Year’), Gazza (‘Best Male Artist of the Year’) and Elvis Se Seun (‘Best Album of the Year’) will form part of the official main stage lineup at the TribeOne Dinokeng Festival in the city of Tshwane.

We all know by now that if you put Tuli Shityuwete and Stanley Mareka on stage, you are sure to be entertained. Former Miss Namibia Odile Muller also wowed us with her variation of dance skills from Kwaito to Hip-Hop and ballet.

Gazza transformed from being all suited up on the blue carpet to killer choreography on stage for his hit track ‘Tufike Apa’, and Exit also gave the audience a feast with his performance of one of the best songs on his album ‘Go Hard Or Go Home’.

Josy Nghipandua and Ashwyn Mberi did a brilliant job with the hosting and the rehearsals for the presenters definitely assisted as all clearly did well on stage.

Source : The Namibian