… After Concrete Jungle fails to impress judges
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
VETERAN kwaito maestro The Dogg, has failed to secure a nomination for this year’s Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) this year, as his latest offering titled Concrete Jungle did not resonate much with the public.
The multi-award winning musician has scooped big awards at previous renditions of the NAMAs as well winning other international awards.
His latest win was when he bagged the all Africa Music Award (Afrima) Fan’s Favourite award, but of late it seems that the sometimes controversial virtuoso is reaching the end of his musical journey.
The Dogg shared his sentiments on social media with his fans, while acknowledging the NAMAs 2018 nominees.
“Congratulations to all the NAMA 2018 nominees, you all deserve it,” he posted on his Facebook wall.
“I just want to tell my super fans that I entered the awards and the final decision was with the judges but unfortunately they did not nominate me or us. “I remain loyal to the Mshasho Family.” He stressed that there will always be a next time before urging his fans to rather focus on 29 September 2018, where he feels adamant that it will be his final concert.
The nominees were announced last week at the National Theatre of Namibia. MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekanjo officially started the nomination event by highlighting that only 115 nominees were chosen in 24 categories.
“A total of 978 entries were received for the NAMAs 2018 event, which is highest number since 2011. A panel of local and international judges did a thorough job, and the scores were the closest I have ever seen them.” Ekanjo said.
He thanked the NAMA steering committee for being diligent in their work, including disqualifying 283 entries for not conforming to the NAMAs’ rules. “We thrive on our principles of integrity, consistency and transparency and that has been the main reason why we have been so successful to date.”
According to Ekandjo, all winners in the different genre categories will receive N$30,000 and to this the winner of the Best Newcomer will walk away with an additional N$30,000 worth of studio time. However, attached to the studio time as a condition, the winner of the Best Newcomer must record a new album with Nautilus Studios situated in the Swakopmund Dome, which is a state of the art and the first commercial studio in Namibia. The Best Album and Song of the Year will receive N$50,000 each and Best Male and Female will receive a cool N$100,000 for each winner.
Suzy Eises scooped the most nominations, with a total of 6 off her self-titled album Suzy Eises. Sally Boss Madam has five nominations while, Chikune, KP Illest, Cool Under Pressure, and PDK are also amongst the artist who got nominated four times.
The Best Group/Duo is evidently the category to watch as the likes of Paradox, PDK, One Blood, Cool Under Pressure and House Guru Gang are the nominees in the category.
The Song of the Year category is another one to watch as it includes, Nga-I, Gazza, Sally Boss Madam, One Blood and Cool Under Pressure. Nominees for the Best Album of the Year includes; Chikune, Effy, Sally Boss Madam, Shaeto and Suzy Eises.
The award ceremony will be held at The Dome in Swakopmund on 28 April. Tickets are N$ 150 for general access and N$600 for a VIP experience.
The sponsors for this year include, Tafel Lite, National Arts Council of Namibia, Swakopmund Municipality, J&P Group of Companies, NDTC, Air Namibia, Coca Cola, NWR, Momentum Short Term Insurance, Nascam, Namibia Statistics Commission, Standard Bank, Namibia Film Commission and Nautilus Studios.
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