Walenga speaks on the NAMAs snub
Omalaeti Production Managing Director John Walenga has expressed discontent over the recent snubbing of popular group PDK from the main nominations of Namibian Music Awards a week ago.
Although PDK released a scorcher of an album, Kekaku last year November with various tracks becoming popular hits including, my size, Ondadengwa, Kulumata they failed to make the cut at the MTC funded NAMA nominations raising eye brows on the selection criteria.
Speaking to The Villager Walenga said, “The NAMAs to us is like any other gig and the organisers of such gigs have the option of choosing whoever participates in it. As a stable we are more concerned about hat the fans think and that is all we serve. The fans are more important to PDK than anything else. In fact we will set up N$15 000 fund which every Namibian is welcome to contribute to and at the end we would challenge the biggest winner of the NAMAs to square up with PDK on stage and the winner will take all. This time the audience will be the judge,” Walenga said.
Walenga who runs one of the country’s most popular and successful record labels in Omalaeti Media believes that the custodians of the music industry are the fans and never will the performance or better performance of any group or musician be based on a gig like the NAMAs.
Walenga believes that PDK are doing tremendously well in their music and have reached the twilight of their careers and should not be broken down over a missed nomination.
It is still unclear to date how PDK failed to make it into the final nominations of the NAMAs although they have done tremendously well to take over the duke boxes in most shebeens and are regularly played in most radio stations.
Although the group was disqualified in the last NAMAS Patrick Mwashindange confirmed that the trio entered the NAMAs together with their stable mate Promise but to date they still cannot comprehend how their nomination was lost along the way.
Mwashindange seemed puzzled after the nomination snub and also confirmed that they followed the relevant steps that are needed for musicians to be nominated. He also said he could not believe how the nomination was snubbed nor when the application disappeared.
By Lovesong Mumbura: The Villager