Presenters bring flare and wit
With the biggest night on Namibia's entertainment calendar heading to Swakopmund next month, MTC and NBC are excited to announce this year's presenters for the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs).
16 August 2019 | Art and Entertainment
Steering towards its 9th edition, the awards show continues to celebrate excellence and creativity in the local music industry by awarding musicians who have shown their ability to break boundaries and reach new heights.
For many people, it is difficult to imagine how much effort goes into staging an event as glamorous and magical as the NAMAs, including months of planning and sleepless nights for the production team, while having to find the perfect hosts.
The search for this year's hosts birthed numerous auditions and training sessions. However the NAMA executive committee is confident that this year's presenters will bring flare and wit - building on the success of last year's extravaganza.
The presenters are all young and vibrant, with enchanting personalities to entertain a live audience, while also offering a mix of experience and freshness.
Television and radio personalities Tanya Daringo and Paul Munanjala will hold it down on the main stage. The two University of Namibia graduates have found their feet in front of the camera as well as on radio studios, thus they offer experience and tenacity.
Daringo has interviewed some of the biggest names in local showbiz and crept into Namibian hearts and homes when she became the face of the popular NBC lifestyle magazine programme Tutaleni.
Daringo is known for her bubbly yet professional flair and has worked with some of the world's leading brands. She loves the idea of shaping and redirecting perceptions within the media.
Some of her career highlights include hosting the Namibian Annual Music Awards in 2018 and 2015 NAMA Blue Room; Tutaleni; Tupopyeni and MTC Interact, among others.
On the other hand, Daringo's main stage counterpart Munanjala has gained popularity as NBC's Whatagwan presenter. The 27-year-old is arguably one of the most sought-after MCs right now, and has found himself hosting some of the biggest events in the country. He has been a familiar face on the NAMA stage since his debut in 2015 and continues to impress. A highlight of his young career however has been hosting Supersport's Homeground alongside Minnie Dlamini-Jones and Lungile Radu as a guest presenter last year.
The NAMA Blue Room
The NAMA Blue Room offers an exciting combination of two young Namibians who are moving towards making big stages their playground. They first worked together on the NAMAs 2019 nomination show, and the combination turned out to be golden. They had chemistry and cooperated in ways often only demonstrated by seasoned television presenters.
The first half of the duo is radio presenter and dancer, Joe Mulisa. Like Daringo and Munanjala, Joe too is a former student of the University of Namibia, and while he is carving out a name for himself in the local entertainment industry, few know that he actually graduated with a law degree.
Mulisa is the producer and presenter of the new generation drive time show The Daily Dose on Touch FM. He first introduced himself to Namibians when he made the NAMAs 2017 presenters cut. His return to the NAMA stage speaks to his holistic growth as a presenter. No one-trick pony, apart from his law degree and doing radio and hosting events, Mulisa is also a professional dancer and model, and he does acting and writing as well. He will be joined in the NAMA Blue Room by Elago Shitaatala. Born and raised in Windhoek, the 24-year old Shitaatala is no stranger to the behind-the-scenes madness. She offers her artistry and creativity when it comes to video editing to the NBC as a production officer, working on news and current affairs. This year she has been on a mission to prove that she doesn't only create magic in the editing booth, but that she can also hold her own on a live stage, as she did at the NAMAs 2019 nomination show.
Shitaatala started her on-air presenting career as a radio presenter at a community radio station in 2016. She has also been a presenter for 2030 In Focus on NBC and currently, Shitaatala is a daily sport news anchor on NBC.
The Blue Carpet
The Blue Carpet remains one of the most exciting features of the NAMAs awards night. It's a celebration of fashion, grace and style that allows Namibians at home to get a glimpse of their favourite movers and shakers. This year's blue carpet will be hosted by Adriano Visagie and Ndapewa Ambambi. The youngest among this year's presenters, Ambambi is 21 years old and from Ondangwa. She is a final year journalism and media technology student at the Namibian University of Science and Technology. She made her debut in front of the camera when she co-hosted the NAMAs nomination show blue carpet. Her co-host Visagie has been in the local entertainment and arts industry for some time now, acting in a number of theatre productions, and having an Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Award nomination under his belt. He has worked with a respectable list of corporate, and offers a gentle flare to the NAMAs 2019 Blue Carpet.
This year's awards show will be hosted at the Dome in Swakopmund on Saturday, 7 September.