01 May 2016 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAY (NAMPA) Big Ben and Chikune were crowned best male and female artist of the year at the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMA) Mainstream Awards in the capital on Saturday.
The awards ceremony saw 19 categories contested, but it was in the categories of best male and female artist of the year where things got interesting as Namibias finest artists went head-to-head.
The Best Male Artist of the Year category was tightly contested as eventual winner Big Ben faced stiff competition from one of the countrys most decorated artists, The Dogg (who won three awards on the night), Valentino, Swart Baster, LMPC and Exit.
In his acceptance speech, Big Ben urged other artists to embrace local languages.
Sometimes we want to impress outsiders but I think if we valued and embrace our culture and languages more the people were trying to impress will respect us more, he said.
Similarly, the category for Best Female Artist of the Year was closely contested by Freeda, Ann Singer (who won four awards on the night), Chikune (the winner), Sanet Lambrechts, Treasure and Damara Punch sensation Female Donkey.
Howver, Chikune beat off her competition with her album In with the New.
The winners were as follows:
Best Album of the Year - Ann Singer Bulletproof
Best Male Artist of the Year - Big Ben Back To The Basics
Best Female Artist of the Year Chikune In With The New
Best Duo/Group of the Year - Tswazis Go Getter
Best Newcomer of the Year - Ann Singer Bulletproof
Best Afro Pop (inclusive of Township Disco) - Ann Singer Diminengepo
Best Collaboration - Paradox Mr Well Done ft. Riky Rick
Best Damara Punch - Female Donkey Choma
Best House - The Dogg The Kings ft. Speedy
Best Kwaito - The Dogg Got It All
Best Music Video - KK & Desmond Already
Best Oviritje - Triple 'T' Maria
Best RnB - Ann Singer Bulletproof
Best Rap/Hip-Hop - N.I.A Better Dayz ft. Desmond
Best Soukous/Kwasa - Ama-Daz-Floor True Colour ft. Dama Monique
Best Traditional - Big Ben Ovombo
NAMA Special Recognition Award - Ndilimani Cultural Group
Song of the Year - The Dogg Shuukifa Kwii
Pan African Artist of the Year - Roberto Zambia
The best female and male artist of the year took home N.dollars 100 000 in cash and a brand new Toyota Prestige valued at N.dollars 290 000.