03 May 2014 15:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 03 APR (NAMPA) Organisers of the 2014 Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) will have to iron out technical glitches and uncoordinated stage performances before Saturdays main event.
The first of two 2014 NAMAs events took place on Friday evening at the new indoor sports centre here, where 17 awards were handed out in recognition of some Namibians' efforts to promote and contribute to the local music industry.
The event was attended by invited guests, sponsors and some international guests only.
The second and main event is set for the same venue this evening.
The three-hour show on Friday incorporated a fusion of ballet, kwaito and contemporary choreography, but the absence of a main act failed to keep the audience entertained.
Friday evenings show saw local jazz musician Erna Chimu bag two awards for Best Traditional and Best Instrumental.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the composer of the Namibian National Anthem Axali Doeseb for his mark in the contemporary Namibian music industry.
The NAMAs also recognised those behind the scenes in the music industry, such as DJ Max-T who scooped the Best DJ award, and Gordon Joseph of the Namibian Sun newspaper honoured as the Entertainment Journalist of the Year - a new category incorporated into the awards this year.
Liz Elhers won the Best Social Responsibility award, while former Gal Level member Freeda received the award as the Most Disciplined Artist of the year.
Other artists who scooped awards are Kanibal for Best Collaboration, Stella for Best Non-Album, Vanity (Best Single), Elvis se seun (Best Afrikaans), Mr Rhee (Best Reggae), Tonetic (Best Rock), Christian Polloni (Producer of the Year), VM6 (Best Gospel).
NAMAs executive committee chairperson, Tim Ekandjo from Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), the main sponsor of the event, told Nampa on Friday evening all invited guests to the industry show attended.
Those who will be attending the main event on Saturday can expect triple of what they have seen, he said, referring to the dance and music performances on Friday evening.
He added that the main event will be different than the industry awards as the visuals will be different as well as the layout and stage performances.
The main blue carpet event will be attended by members of the public, various guests and international judges from the United States of America (USA), South Africa and Nigeria.