By Gift Munyanya
SOUTH African screen goddess, Bonang Matheba, stole the show at this year’s Namibia Annual Music Awards, held this past weekend in Walvis Bay, delivering a stunning performance as the main MC of Saturday’s event.
Bonang dazzled and received widespread praise for the professionalism, poise and beauty she delivered on Saturday night at the !Nara Namib Industrial and Logistics Estate Building.
Bonang also attracted attention for one of her dresses she wore during the event, even though Namibian MC, Pombili Shilongo, wore a carbon copy.
The dress in question is a green floor length, halter neck gown that sparkled on the carpet, with sexy cut-outs and geometric embellishments. The dress, which was created by local fashion designer, Ruberto Scholtz, certainly got people buzzing on social media, about who wore it best.
This year’s NAMAs was also a far better spectacle than in previous years, as the stage set-up, lighting and other elements all came together to deliver a superb show.
The Saturday show is known as the main NAMAs show, while the Friday night was for what has become known as the industry awards.
There were, however, some tricky moments, when the giant monitors froze and there were sound problems during Saturday’s show.
Among the big winners on Saturday was Gazza, who went home with four awards, including Best Male Artist, Best Album of the Year and Best Collaboration. He also received a Special Award, in recognition of his excellent musical contributions over the years.
Oteya walked away with four awards, including for Best Musical Event, Best Afro Pop, Best Music Video and Best Soukous/Kwasa.
She was, however, beaten by songstress Monique English in the Best Female Artist category.
Sally took home two awards in the Best Radio Song and Song of the Year categories, which she won with her hit track Natural, which has received significant airplay on Channel O and Trace Africa.
Young T, who did not attend the Saturday event, also won in two categories – Best Kwaito and Song of the Year for Fikulimwe.
Jericho won the Best Rap/Hip- Hop category, scooping the award for his song, If only.
Lize Ehlers, who won the Most Socially Responsible Artist of the Year category, praised the organisers for a much better event than in previous years.
Ehlers did not perform at the event, and was asked how she felt watching from the sidelines.
She said she had spent the evening observing how other artists were connecting with the fans, and that this would help her future performances.
She said she was passionate about social responsibility, including helping school children and orphanages.
Among Saturday’s notable performances were those by Gazza, Jericho, Sally, Lady May and South African Hip-Hop sensation, Emtee.
The blue carpet was also dominated by risqué outfits, which included ladies showing off a lot of skin, and even their underwear.
During Friday night’s industry awards saw Namibian Sun journalist, June Shimuoshili, winning the Best Entertainment Journalist of the Year category, while the Best Radio DJ award went to Lukas Nambala.
The Best Live Performance category was won by Maranatha, while the Best Song with a Message award went to N.I.A, for the song Change, which features Monique English.
The Best Shambo category was won by Satlam and M-Jay.
Speaking during the awards show, Hip-Hop sensation, KP Illest, said that Jericho thoroughly deserved his win in the rap category.
“I do not like the direction in which Hip-Hop is going. Our rappers are not doing music to send a message, but rather go to the studio to go record for the fun of it. But I believe that things will change now, as the godfather of Namibian Hip- Hop (Jericho) has offered a track with a good message, and as you can see, he just won the award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop, and that really belongs to him,and he deserves it,” said KP Illest.
Jericho was excited about his win.
“I have scooped awards for the same category in the past years, and I just did it again. I am back in the industry and am a changed man now; I thank God for the talent He has given me, and for my family, my friends and fans,” said Jericho.
Gazza said his overall experience of this year’s NAMAs was different from the others he had attended previously, as the event was “bigger and better,”
“This time around it was a different experience for me, which was rewarding. It is good when you win, but now I think the pressure is on, because we keep raising the bar as Namibians, in terms of the quality of music and the music videos. I have gone out of my way to make sure that my album, Pumunu, has all the elements that qualify for an international album,” he said.
“The pressure is on now on, in terms of what I will do next, as the expectation from the Namibian people, when it comes to GMP and Gazza, is high now, but I will strive to meet their demands.”
NAMAs Executive Chairperson, Tim Ekandjo, expressed his thanks to all the sponsors. “To successfully put up an event of this magnitude, is never a walk in a park. It takes sleepless nights of preparation, commitment, focus and dedication. I hence would like to thank everybody that contributed to the success of this year’s NAMAs,” said Ekandjo.
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