Tunakie and the Dogg Scoop International Nomination

SHAMBO artist Tunakie and Kwaito artist The Dogg have both been nominated in the African Music Magazine Awards (AFRIMMAs) scheduled for 26 July in Dallas, Texas.

The Dogg, who received the Kora award for Best Male Southern Africa 2012, has been nominated in the Best Male Southern Africa category, competing against Kuli Chana and AKA from South Africa.

Our very own Shambo queen scooped a nomination in the Best Traditional category. She was recently nominated for a Kora award in the Best Traditional Artist category and now features again alongside Nigeria’s Flavour, Togo’s Stanlax and Bassekou Kouyale from Mali.

The Dogg expressed excitement at the nomination, saying that he is proud to have an opportunity to represent Namibia on yet another international platform. He said he knows the competition is tough, but he has faith in the Namibian nation and his own work.

“I feel over the moon to be nominated. I am also very happy for Tunakie and it’s great to know that I will be travelling with a fellow Namibian and have someone from home there,” the ‘Nuka’ singer said.

Tunakie said that the fact that she was selected out of thousands of other traditional artists and the fact that The Dogg was selected from so many male artists from southern Africa is a great honour and proud moment for Namibia. She said that even if she does not return with the award, being nominated is already enough.

“The fact that I did not enter and these people placed me among the seven out of all those thousands of artists in my genre, is just an honour,” Tunakie said

According to the award’s website, AFRIMMAs’ vision has been endorsed by artists like Lira, Fuse ODG, 2face Idibia of Nigeria, Flavour Nabania and Miriam Chemmoss of Tanzania, to name but a few, and has the sole mission of “crossing boundaries with music”. They also feature categories like Best Male and Female Diaspora, with nominees like Wale, Knaan, French Montana and Tinie Tempah. South African duo Mafikizolo are nominated in the Artist of the Year, Best Collabo and Song of the Year categories.

To vote for The Dogg and Tunakie, visit www.afrimma.com.

Source : The Namibian