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Erna Chimu (in red dress) receiving one of her three awards at the NAMAs 2014

Erna Chimu (in red dress) receiving one of her three awards at the NAMAs 2014

Last weekend’s music awards were attended by the who’s who of the music, entertainment and leisure business communities of Namibia. They came dressed in designer dresses and suits to witness the spectacular that the organising committee promised them.
The 2014 NAMAs that took place on 2 and 3 May were described as a resounding success by Tim Ekandjo, the NAMA Executive Chairman at a press conference held this week. Ekandjo also added that there were approximately 3500 people streaming live for the Industry awards and approximately 8500 streaming live for the Main awards.
There were 37 winners all together and out of the 37 winners, six were voted for by the public while the judges made the decision on the rest. Each category winner receives N$20,000 and the best male and female artists each receives N$50,000 in prize money.

Judging from the reaction on the social media by those who watched the NAMAs, it appears almost everyone felt it was well-rounded and they were happy with the winners. The Dogg, founder of the Mshaso music label and Kwaito artist won a special award. When he went up to collect his award, he claimed he does not know why it was bestowed on him.
Best album of the year went to Elvis Se Seun for Boere Rock, best female artist of the year went to Erna Chimu for Hi Tilite, best male artist of the year went to Gazza for Kwateni Omnona and most popular artist of the year went to Exit. Erna Chimu won three awards and her producer won an award for producing her album.
Ekandjo also said that he was very impressed with the discipline of the artists and nominees during the weekend and that they will not change the rules as the event proved that the formula they used this year worked perfectly for them. Ekandjo said the NAMA Committee will be partnering with the Angolan Music Awards Committee so that they may learn from each other.

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