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NAMA judges announced

NAMA judges announced

The Namibian Annual Music Awards 2019 (NAMA) this week confirmed the lineup of judges who will be assessing and scoring all of this year’s entries.

The NAMA Organising Committee said the judging panel for this year is once again made up of very credible and highly acclaimed Namibian panel of judges together with music, entertainment and media executives.

The judges for this years NAMA’s are Axali Doeseb, Namibia’s first post independent black conductor of the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra and author of the Namibian Anthem.

Sean Watson from South Africa, who is Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Pan Africa and one of the most highly acclaimed music entertainment industry moguls on the African continent.

Yvonne Chaka-Chaka from South Africa who is a singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher.

Alma Ulamba from Namibia, comes from a musical family and here experience in the industry is versatile since she has been in the corridors of arts as chairperson of the National Arts Council, recording industry of Namibia and currently she is the Head of the National Theatre of Namibia.

Jasmine Dotiwala from the United Kingdom is an award-winning trail blazer and has worked with talent, moguls and celebrities across the board from breaking new, young talent, to working on groundbreaking and edgy TV programming featuring A-list celebrities including the likes of Eminem, Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Usher and Maria Carey.

Morgan Heritage from the USA and Jamaica is a reggae band formed in 1994 and have won a Grammy Award for the Best Reggae Album category in 2016 and have work with Capleton, Junior Kelly, Luciano, Gentleman and Beres Hammond.

Lischen Khachas from Namibia, has been dubbed Namibia’s top female DJ and is also a Radio personality and an MC and has been part of the Namibian music industry for more than 12.

Sammy Forson from Ghana is an award winning broadcaster and has over 14 years on air experience, business manager for BET and MTV.

Somoina Kimojino from Kenya is the Managing Director at the number one radio network in Kenya, 99.4 Capital FM and also Managing Director of Capital Group LTD East Africa, one of the biggest music, media, entertainment broadcaster and networks in East Africa.

Sammy Thuo from Kenya has been in the marketing, digital, advertising and media industries for over 21 years and the Director and Co-founder of Sarcen OMD, one of East Africa’s largest independent media specialists agencies.

Che Ulenga has taken the world of radio by storm, acting as a strong voice on Namibia’s most prominent radio stations breakfast shows and as a MC at a string of Namibia’s most sophisticated events, both entertainment and corporate based.


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Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.