NAMAs 2019 nominees announced

The biggest night in Namibian music - Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) - is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 7 September, in Swakopmund at The Dome.

19 July 2019 | Art and Entertainment

The NAMAs nominee announcement took place at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) last Friday. John Ekongo, corporate communications specialist at MTC shared that the company is investing an amount to the tune of N$7.8 million this year.

Moreover, Tim Ekandjo, chief human capital and corporate affairs officer of MTC announced that only 64 artists have been selected out of the thousands of applications received. Out of the 64 artists nominated, the number will still be narrowed down to 24 winners on the big night.

Ekandjo mentioned that in the past the public has been complaining that upcoming artists are not given a platform to showcase their talent. He mentioned that the NAMAs is unfortunately not the appropriate platform. “The NAMAs is not a development platform for upcoming artists,” he said.

The cherry on the cake for this year’s NAMAs is that there has been a new category added to the existing categories. The new category introduced is Artist of the Year where the winner will walk away with a whopping N$250 000 cash prize.

The top honours with four nominations each went to Gazza, Kinnzo, Lindsey, Top Cheri and Tswazis followed closely by DJ Kboz, Exit, Franklin & Dee’a, Lize Ehlers, Sean K, Shaeto, Tate Buti and Vaughn Ahrens receiving three nominations each.

Rapper Skrypt is among the artists nominated for the first time and he had this to say: “It’s a different feeling, it was out of my hands to be nominated and it will continue to be out of my hands and I’m thankful to be part of the industry, for real, this time,” he said with a chuckle.

MICHELLINE NAWATISES

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