NAMAs light up the coast

Lize Ehlers was the biggest winner on the night, scooping the coveted Artist of the Year, Best Female Artist of the Year and Best House categories

09 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Music has always been the common thread that unites communities and people from all walks of life.

While protest songs were the order of the day during the liberation struggle, with independence came a new wave of change and new roads for artists to walk.

Providing one of those main roads was the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), which is in its ninth year.

It has given musicians the opportunity to be acknowledged, rewarded and respected for their efforts.

On Saturday, music enthusiasts gathered at The Dome in Swakopmund for the biggest Namibian awards show of the year.

The NAMAs were celebrated in true Namibian style, with a line-up so spectacular it had the crowd on their feet - every now and then - during the course of the show.

Performers included Tate Buti, Top Cheri, DJ Siya, Gazza, King Elegant, Adora Kisting, Allen Jonathan and many more.

With the awards show being broadcast and streamed live, The Dome was lit up in style.

Lize Ehlers was the biggest winner on the night, scooping the coveted Artist of the Year, Best Female Artist of the Year and Best House categories.

Exit was named Best Male Artist of the Year, beating DJ KBoz, Big Ben, Gazza and Sean K.

Exit also won the Best Kwaito category.

Gazza took home the Best Afro Pop and Best Song of The Year titles with his smash-hit Chelete, while Top Cheri won the Best Album of the Year and Best Newcomer categories.

Most performances were electrifying, with Sally Boss Madam pulling off the biggest stunt.

One of the best performances came from Best Rap/Hip-Hop category winner, Skrypt.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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