Namas 2015… It’s a Wrap

IF you thought NAMAs 2014 was amazing, this year the organisers, performers and artists definitely turned it up a notch to make this the most spectacular music event Namibia has seen.

The stage was bigger and more dynamic than last year. Many asked whether they will be able to top last year and the NAMAs organisers answered with a big YES.

The first award for the evening went to the internationally recognised group, Bullet Ya Kaoko who also had the crowd on their feet with an energetic performance later on in the show. Dixon emerged victorious in the best Damara punch category.

Apart from the glitz and glamour, this year also seemed to be a year for firsts.

On Friday night Big Ben won the first NAMA for song with a message.

New kids on the block, Stardust scooped three awards out their four nominations and definitely made their mark in the industry as the duo to watch. Their performance of their award winning song ‘Lights’ explained why their album is hot property.

“We cannot believe, still shaking, this is so unreal,” the duo told The Namibian.

The much vaunted song of the year award was taken by Paradox for their collaboration with Ali That Dude.

When it comes to the entertainment for the evening, the night belonged to Bullet Ya Kaoko, Tswazis and Female Donkey… in that order. The energetic Tswazis, kept the audience transfixed with their killer moves which may have been fuelled by their win in the album of the year category.

Oteya emerged as the queen of Namibian music this year as female artist of the year. She capped the award with a fitting performance with her descending from the ceiling.

As expected, Gazza walked away with the male artist of the year as well as the radio song of the year awards. Unfortunately, his performance which closed the evening, was interrupted by the backtrack getting stuck and killing the performance, but having Gazza on stage excited the audience enough to get them on their feet.

Although no awards are given to the hosts, they are definitely one of the big winners as they kept the show together and kept the flow.

What is an award show without a few random moments on stage? LeShawn, who happens to sell his album for N$999, and it does not come with extra airtime, decided to pull a Kanye West and went on stage uninvited to lament the media and the public not paying any attention to his ‘feat’.

Overall the event was well directed and although the crowd was a tad stale, the awards show was described by some as entertaining.

Be sure to check The Weekender for fashion overviews, music reviews and interviews with the winners.

List of ?#lrmNAMAs2015? winners Saturday night:

Best Male Artist: Gazza

Best Female Artist: Oteya

Album of the Year: Tswazis

Radio Song of the Year: Gazza

Song of the Year: Paradox

Best Newcomer: Kalux

Most Popular Artist: Paradox

Best Music Video: Black Vulcanite

Best DuoGroup: StarDust

Best Collaboration: Gazza

Best House: StarDust

Best Afro Pop (inclusive of Township Disco): Oteya

Best RampB: Lil D

Best RapHip-Hop: KK

Best Kwaito: Exit

Best Traditional: Donsy and Daisy

Best SoukousKwasa: Blossom

Best Damara Punch: Dixon

Best Oviritje: Bullet ya Kaoko

Source : The Namibian