03 May 2015 16:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 03 MAY (NAMPA) - Namibian artist Óteya' (Dephne Wilbard) scooped the Best Female Artist award of the year on Saturday night at the two-night Namibia Annual Music Awards (Namas) held in the coastal town of Swakopmund.
This is the first award for Wilbard after she went solo by breaking from R&B girl duo, Gal Level some years back. She also won the Best Afro Pop award for her song titled Ethimbo, a song about how music can set a person free from daily worries.
The Best Male Artist award went to Gazza (Lazarus Shiimi) for his track 'Shuna, which featured Uhuru & DJ Buckz, and scooped two more awards: Best Collaboration and Radio Song of the Year.
The 2015 Namas, hosted at the Swakopmund Indoor Sport Centre on Friday and Saturday, showered local artists with more accolades.
The Tswazis group went home with Best Album of the Year award for their album titled Full Force, while Paradox walked away with the Most Popular Artist of the Year award and Song of the Year award for their track titled Chasin, which featured AliThatDude.
House music group, StarDust won the Best Duo/Group award and Best House award for their track titled Lights.
President Hage Geingob in his official opening speech read by Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya thanked Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) for helping develop the Namas from a humble beginning to glitz and glamour.
He said the Namibian music industry has grown from strength to strength.
Gone are the days where Namibians had to dance to South African music only. Now, Namibian music has arrived, he boasted.
Geingob then paid tribute to artists such as Gazza, The Dog, D-naff, Bullet Ya Kaoko and Óteya' for making the Namibian House dance.
Namas winners on Friday:
Best Acapella: Ovanandjeda Choir for Jesus Hinakumuesa
Best Afrikaans: Araffath for Bughter Meisie ft. S-Man
Best Gospel: D-Naff for Omwa Tuulukila Ondjila ft. Tequila & V-Lo
Best Kizomba: Blossom for Egululandje
Best Song with a Message: Big Ben for Africa Unite (Against Baby Dumping)
Best Reggae: StarDust for Calling On You
Best Rock / Alternative: Lize Ehlers for Just Show Up
Best Shambo: Lonette for Owambo
Best Single: Chikune for Pumpkin
Most Disciplined Artist of the Year: Paradox
Best Live Performance of the Year: Ongoro no Mundu
Entertainment Journalist of the Year: Rinelda Mouton
Entertainment DJ of the Year: Gospert Kaffer
Best Musical Event of the Year: Gazza Ondjila CD Launch
Most Socially Responsible: D-Naff
Best Producer: Araffath Muhuure
LifeTime Achievement Award: Tate Kwela
Namas winners on Saturday:
Best Damara Punch: Dixon for Ti xun
Best Kwaito: Exit for Killa All-Star
Best Music Video: Black Vulcanite for Big Egos
Best Newcomer: Kalux for Hafifange
Best Oviritje: Bullet Ya Kaoko for Ombua
Best RnB: LiL D for This Is Love
Best Rap/Hip-Hop: KK for Katutura Kid
Best Soukous/Kwasa: Blossom for Indamo Mondambo
Best Traditional: Donsy & Daisy for Ī Da Ge Ra
Namas Special Recognition Award: Juanita Du Plessis
The Best Male and Female Artist of the Year award winners walked away with a statuette and N.dollars 100 000 each, while other award winners received a statuette and cash prizes ranging from N.dollars 15 000 to N.dollars 25 000 per category.