Farewell for 2019

13 December 2019 | Art and Entertainment

I have to admit, when we conceptualised and brainstormed this edition, one of my main concerns was leaving out notable achievements. A lot happened in the arts and entertainment space this year, and it is practically impossible to summarise it all in an eight-page tjil section.

So after some reflection I had to think about why I am here, and I also had to re-evaluate my responsibilities and loyalties.

In case you're not aware, this industry is very small. A few calls from the right people and you could be 'cancelled'. So there was some level of risk connected with the execution of this tjil awards concept.

But I had to realise that my biggest responsibility is to the readers - the fans of culture and the people who care enough to buy our content, attend shows, buy CDs, stream and purchase music on digital platforms, as well as those who retweet posters and even tolerate the not so good things our beloved creatives spew out into the world sometimes.

Doing a wrap edition themed tjil awards was about more than just creating an edition that will get people talking - it was an obligation. Because what is art if it is not criticised, applauded and debated? So in 10 years, when one is looking to make sense of the context of Namibian entertainment and its history, this may very well be used as a reference.

As for the rest of the edition, 2019 has arguably been the most eventful year in music for Namibia, so we have had our go at trying to wrap it up as much as possible. The entire issue is also a tribute to our favourite moments of the year. We applaud our entertainers for their outstanding work in the arts space this year and welcome what is sure to be an even more exciting year in Namibian entertainment next year. So enjoy the content, debate it if you must, and feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@MichaelMKAY) if you need to comment on anything or send praises. We rock with you regardless. So without their consent, Namibian Sun presents to you the tjil awards featuring Namibian entertainers.

This is the final edition of tjil for the year and we will be back again on Friday, 17 January 2020. It is the most beautiful time of the year; spend it with your loved ones. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



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