Politics, Pomp and Panache At Namas 2014

ERNA Chimu and Gazza walked away with the Best Female and Male Artist of the Year awards respectively. The night definitely belonged to jazz singer Chimu and kwaito artist Exit who walked away with the biggest awards.

While he has been unfortunate in previous years, Exit managed to win Most Popular Artist of the Year award and the intensely competitive Kwaito Artist of the Year category.

Chimu won Best Traditional for ‘Hai-Serute’ and Best Instrumental (inclusive of Jazz) for ‘Hi Tilite’ at the industry awards section of the NAMAs on Friday night and continued her winning streak on Saturday with the most coveted Best Female prize.

Describing the awards as fantastic, Prime Minister Hage Geingob said he was very proud of the local music industry that has grown to the level where Namibians love their own music. His enthusiasm was also evident when he got up and danced with Blossom on her way up the stage to receive her award for Best Kizomba for ‘Indikupapatele’.

The exhausting event, that started just after 19h00 ended well after midnight, saw Geingob handed over the final award of the night at the Swakopmund indoor sports arena. Over N$850 000 were given in prize money to 37 recipients.

When the Namibia Annual Music Awards committee vowed to make this year’s award way better than last year, they meant it.

The decision to acquire the services of professional dancers is definitely one of the best decisions they made. The likes of Odille Muller, Stanley Mareka and Tuli Shityuwete added value to the hype and entertaining performances on stage.

4X4 Too Much Power set the stage alight with an energetic first performance of the night. The vibe was kept alive by performances from Gazza and The Dogg shortly thereafter.

Political views featured front and centre with The Dogg screaming, “vote for Swapo!” at the end of his performance and every time he collected an award. He was recognised with a special award by the organisers for his role in the development of Namibia’s music industry. He also received the nod for Song of the Year and Best House for the uber popular ‘Nuka’.

Gazza also went all out, delivering a Nujoma-like speech that started at Omugulugwombashe, almost ended at Cassinga and continued past 1990 when he received the Video of the Year award for ‘Kwateni Omnona’.

Although viewers have experienced a few glitches with sound, a number of viewers said that the broadcast and show were of much better quality and much more entertaining than last year’s fiasco at Ramatex in Windhoek.

“The show is really nice. All the performances were great and everything looks so organised,” said Charmaine Kapofi who was watching in the southern town of Keetmanshoop.

Fans screamed “finally” when Exit received the award for Kwaito Artist of the Year for ‘My Note Book’, making it his second award for this year after he received the award for Radio Song of the Year on Friday for the same song. Exit had to look on in astonishment last year as close friend Mushe scooped all and sundry. This year, Mushe, who was Male Artist of the Year last year, did not win anything.

Hip-Hop artist, N.I.A had to make a u-turn after he was announced Hip-Hop Artist of the Year for ‘More Love’, just after he delivered a great performance.

Known for his entertaining and energetic performance on stage, it comes as no surprise that Castro walked away with the award for Best Live Performer.

This year’s addition of the ‘Blue Room’, where presenters interviewed winners live on TV after they have left the stage must be one of the highlights of this event, evidence that NAMAs clearly stepped up their game.

A Cappella group VMSIX added another prize to their collection, winning the Best Group category for ‘ Getting Back to Basics’. They already won Best A Cappella for ‘I’ll Hear Your Voice’ and Best Gospel for ‘Zuva-Ekundungu’ on Friday. They couldn’t attend as they were preparing for a six nation European tour starting at the end of this month.

New kid on the block, rapper Jean-Michael, was crowned the Best Newcomer for ‘Rise amp Shine’.

The show came to a close with sounds of producer and House artist, Araffath spinning the decks while the dancers made the last energy sapping moves for the night.

The NAMAs brought their A-game and a top class show was delivered.

Saturday Night Winners

Special NAMA Award

The Dogg

Best Album

‘Boere Rock’ by Elvis Se Seun

Best Male Artist

‘Kwateni Omnona’ by Gazza

Best Female Artist

‘Hi Tilite’ by Erna Chimu

Best Newcomer

‘Rise amp Shine’ by Jean-Michael

Song of the Year

‘Nuka’ by The Dogg

Best Kizomba

‘Indikupapatele’ by Blossom

Best Kwaito

‘My Note Book’ by Exit

Best Afro Pop (inclusive Of Township Disco)

‘Tuli Mo Hole’ by Vanity

Best Damara Punch

‘Khorixas’ by Lettie

Best Group or Duo

‘Getting Back To Basics’ by VMSIX

Best House:

‘Nuka’ by The Dogg

Best Music Video

‘Kwateni Omnona’ by Gazza

Best Oviritje

‘Onguae’ by Kallefa Tjiriange

Best RampB

‘Don’t Judge’ by Floritha

Best RapHip Hop

‘More Love’ by N.I.A

Best Shambo

‘Ondjila’ by Tunakie

Best SoukousKwasa

‘We Do It This Way’ by Lady May

Best Live Performance

Castro

Most Popular Artist

Source : The Namibian