It is that time of the year when artists and music enthusiasts gear up for the biggest music event of the year. The 7th Namibian Annual Music Awards exist to recognise the accomplishments groups and individuals who have excelled in the past year. The event celebrates and acknowledges the hard work of Namibian artists as well as their triumphant contribution to the music industry. MTC Namibia and the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) continue to be the main sponsors of the event. The event will take place over a two day period starting today and ending tomorrow at the Namibia Development Corporation Building in Walvis Bay.
The ceremony will kick start with the blue carpet event tonight and the official red carpet event tomorrow evening. The stage will be graced by South African mega chart rappers Emtee and Saudi as well as the Queen of gospel Rebecca Malope.
The Lounge talked to MTC the main sponsor, veterans in the awards’ archives and first time nominees on their sentiments of the auspicious event.
“All I can say is that this year will be bigger and better,” said Erasmus Nekundi, MTC Social Media practitioner. Nekundi said that he did not want to reveal much about the two day event as Namibians are in for a pleasant surprise. “Namibians should do all that they can to add value to the industry,” Nekundi said. He further encouraged Namibians to celebrate music from the soil.
Big Ben the Male Artist of the Year 2016 said that it was a pleasant experience to be crowned as a winner last year. “It was an injection of motivation and encouragement,” he said. Big Ben extended his appreciation towards the awards for creating a networking platform for him and those within the industry. The guru advised fellow nominees to attend the awards with the understanding that they can either win or lose and despite what the outcome may state they should not be derailed from their musical journey. “Your career is not dependent on the NAMA awards, attend the event to have fun and be a good sport,” he said. Big Ben is nominated for Best Single with his hit ‘Efundula.’
Known as the Namibian Dessert Queen, Priscilla could not contain her excitement about being part of the music event. “I am looking forward to performing on one of the biggest musical stages in the country,” she said.
Adora is no new comer to the Namibian music industry however this is her first time being part of the event as a nominee. She scooped seven nominations including the Best Female category. “The closer the day to the event, the more excited I become,” she said.
“A couple of years ago, I watched the awards in my living room and in a couple of days I’ll be performing live,” she added, advising female musicians to stick to their morals when they enter the industry.
Another newcomer to the awards is June Shimuoshili. She is a nominee for the Best Entertainment Journalist of the Year award. June said that the nomination alone is a great milestone for her. It has motivated her to work twice as hard as to perfect her art. She said that the nomination has humbled her and just the thought of it is already overwhelming. “I can’t wait to mingle and network with industry heavyweights such as the likes of Bonang Matheba,” she said. She advised aspiring journalist to seize every opportunity before them and get as much experience as possible. “Grab interning opportunities and build your contact base,” she said.
The all sensational Doris shared that although this may be her second NAMA nomination, each experience is different and it’s always exciting. Echoing the same sentiments with Big Ben, Doris said that the awards aren’t the beginning or the end of a musician’s career. She said that it is merely one of many stepping stones and she anticipates being part of it. Doris said that her game plan would ultimately be to live in every moment of the awards and be fully present. “I mostly look forward to sharing the stage with the best talent that the country has to offer,” she said.
Be sure the buy your tickets to the NAMA awards at www.webtickets.com.na,with ticket prices; Regular N$250, VIP N$500, Golden Circle (standing) N$120.
It’s a NAMAs affair this weekend and you cannot afford to miss this one.