By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THE Project Free Namibian Music (PFNM) Awards 2018, was held at the 144 Lounge, at Single Quarters in Katutura, on Friday 28 September. The event, which was initiated by the Optimistic Media management team, saw up and coming musicians being awarded for their contribution to the music industry. Artists that were nominated for the awards had done work with Mr. Blos, who recently released his debut album, but more importantly, they were nominated because of their efforts to break into the mainstream music industry. “This award show not only celebrates them, it also celebrates the music business in its entirety,” said Leonard Tshikesho, co-founder of Optimistic Media. With only six categories, the biggest winner of the night was rapper Bobby WVDK, who scooped the Best Hip Hop and PFNM Artist of The Year awards. “Young upcoming artist are really putting in the work and I believe that those of us who were nominated are the new entertainment generation of the Namibian musical industry,” Bobby said.The other winners include, Neslow for Best Shambo, J Black for Best Raggae DanceHall, Ethnix for Best Afro fusion and Sunny Boy for Best Hikwa. Afro beat musician Don Kamati, who was nominated for two categories, did not sulk when he lost as votes could be tracked live on Facebook. “I’m not sad at all, this awards actually recognize us and that’s all that matters,” said Kamati. Comedian Big Mitch, who was the master of ceremony for the night, kept the audience entertained with jokes and kasi banter. The rest of the night during saw more up and coming musicians grazing the stage, these included Remedy, Laukey, Jbentley, Reeziana and Mabuzza.
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