What a weekend it was at the Swakopmund Indoor Sports Arena. From the lighting to the stage performances, and exclusive blue room interviews, the NAMA 2015 was by far one of the best presentations of the music awards since the inception of the prestigious music award show. The organizers indeed do deserve a standing ovation for putting together the best NAMA, despite a few hiccups from the guest presenters here and there.
New kids on the block, girl band duo ‘Star Dust’ proved they are a force to be reckoned with as they surprised the crowd by taking home the awards for ‘Best Duo/Group’ and ‘Best House’. Other big winners include the ‘Tswazis’ who won the award for Album of Year. The group had the crowd on their toes when they performed their hit song ‘Digaga’ as so did Damara punch songstress ‘Female Donkey’. She gave a more than excellent performance that did not only get the crowd cheering and dancing but also amazed. Afro-pop songstress and former ‘Gal-level’ member Oteya emerged as the new queen of Namibian music giving a stellar performance and yet again announcing that her time has indeed arrived. Her hard work paid off as she took home the Female Artist of the Year award and the award for Best Afro/Pop (inclusive of Township Disco).
Saturday night belonged to Namibia’s very own Kwaito king Lazarus ‘Gazza’ Shiimi who took home three awards for ‘Radio Song of the Year’, and Best Collaboration for his hit song ‘Shuna’, as well as the coveted Male Artist of the Year award.
However, no show comes without some form of controversy or disappointment. Fans in the arena as well as viewers at home waited with baited breath to see Gazza perform his radio hit ‘Shuna’ with South African House group ‘Uhuru’. Those hopes were quickly dashed when Gazza and crew had to leave the stage in the middle of their performance due to the back track getting stuck therefore bringing the performance to a halt.
Overall the NAMA 2015 gave an unforgettable experience for the crowd as well as those watching at home. Having delivered a great show MTC has further cemented its role as an exceptional supporter for Namibian music as well as the artists that spend countless hours perfecting their craft in order to bring us the music we all know and love. Other winners include, Lil D – Best RnB, Best music video – Black Vulcanite, Song of the Year – Paradox, Popular Artist of the Year – Paradox, Best Hip-Hop – KK, Best Damara punch – Dixon, Best Oviritje – Bullet ya Kaoko, Best Traditional – Donsy and Daisy, Best Newcomer – Kalux, Best Soukous – Kwasa, Best Kwaito – Exit, Best Song with a Message – Big Ben, Life time achievement award – Kwela, Most Disciplined artist – Paradox.
Kalux, Lil D, Oteya and Gazza will join Stimela who will be headlining acts for the Trey Songz concert slated for 30 May.