Namibian artist scoops Best Female Artist award of the year

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

This is the first award for Willibard 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 yesterday, showered local artists with more accolades.

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.

He said that gone are the days where Namibians had to dance to South African music only. Now, Namibian music has arrived.