By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THIS past weekend all roads led to The Dome in Swakopmund for the 2018 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), a night many will not forget for the glitz and glamour that was evident during the spectacle.
Thumbs up to the organisers for an exceptional job as everything from the lighting, camera works and presenters worked like clockwork except for the National Broadcasting Cooperation (NBC) who failed to present the event in High Definition (HD).
It had become a norm for the NAMAs organisers to get criticised in every aspect despite their noble cause of promoting and awarding local artists.
Artists, managers, designers, local and international celebrities were all out in ravishing jaw-dropping outfits and gowns. It was aesthetically pleasing to see many of them dressed by local fashion designers while some of them did not even try to look good.
Guests of honour, President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingos could be seen having a good time and enjoying the best of what Namibian artist could offer. The president looked quite dapper in a black three piece suit while the first lady looked ever so fashionable in her red and gold evening gown. }
Some international guests were also in the thick of things including South African actors and television presenters Lungile Radu and Minenhle Jones
(Minnie Dlamini) who made appearances during the night.
The Distruction Boyz and Babez Wodumo also made appearances, with the former bagging the best Pan-African Artists Award.
Cool Under Pressures performance had to be the best of the night, maybe because they performed their hit track, Pangaman. KP Illest brought the house down with his Okay Okay performance and to the surprise of many watching at home, nobody lifted a chair or table when Distruction Boyz performed Omunye. PDK can never disappoint when performing live, and Suzy and her sassy saxophone performance could not go unnoticed. A flop of a performance had to be Teckla’s whose performance was like a blast from the past nobody wanted to see.
Namibian twitter literally could not have been funnier. Here are some of the tweets that made the night:
@LazJacobs: When we get that land KP Illest must be one of the first recipients. That performance was awesome.
@jeimoMwanyekele: Where is Linda??? Did she stop believing?
@Elifas37: Are the Street Kidz at least now in an orphanage?
@___Stef: Paul’s suit is actually not black. NBC cameras just more dusty than Arsenal’s trophy cabinet.
@GwenLister1: I don’t know if it’s just me, but whenever I watch NBC it feels like I need new specs. Or does everyone really look so fuzzy?
@pnauino: “All our data money went into Tim’s jacket”
@LazJacobs:The government’s decentralization policy is working. Omuwambo just won Damara punch.
@Eckard_BigMoney: Kalux dancer’s r going to drink xobosa tonight
Best Oviritje – Bullet
Best Damara Punch – Kalux
Best Afrikaans – Reeziana
Best Soukous – PDK – Shike Naana
Best reggae – D-Naff – Father God
Best gospel – N.I.A – I give my life to you
Best traditional – Maszanga – Family Best kwaito- Exit
Best rap- KP Illest Okay Okay
Best RnB- Sally Boss Madam – Ecstasy
Best Afro pop – Chikune
Best house – CUP pangaman
Best single – Monique English
Best collaboration – Chikune
Best duo – Paradox – The Known Unknown Two
Best producer – Sam-E Lee Jones Tequila still in love
Best music video – Gazza Up Up Away
Best song of the year – One Blood
Best album – Suzy Eises
Best female artist of the year – Sally Boss Madam
Best male artist of the year – Kalux Tufafeni
All in All
All in All, NAMAs 2018 was memorable, besides a few award presenters making notable mistakes on National Television.
One can only hope next year will be bigger and better.
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