Namibia Annual Music Awards nominees revealed

The nominees for the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMA) were announced recently, drawing a mixture of congratulations and confusion.

StarDust. Photo: facebook
StarDust. Photo: facebook

The nominations featured newcomers like Promise, Bulan and Lonette in the Best Female category, while new kids on the block StarDust earned a nomination for Best Album of the Year. Some categories left music lovers shocked. The two categories most talked about were the Best Group and the Best R&B. One of the most sought-after groups in the country, PDK, did not make it into either of the categories they entered, which did not sit too well with the group or their fans..

PDK group member Patrick Mwashindange told The Namibian: "We feel that this is disrespectful towards our art. I really thought that the competition would be between PDK and Gazza this year." Mwashindange said it could not be that they did not meet the deadlines because their entries were done at the same time and by the same person who did the entries for Promise, who got nominated for Best R&B and Best Female.

Mark Mushiva of Black Vulcanite expressed disappointment at the fact that well-known hip-hop act Mappz did not make it onto the nominees list. "It is completely ridiculous that Mappz did not make it. He put out a phenomenal album," Mushiva told The Namibian. Mappz, on the other hand, said he is not upset with the outcome, although he would've loved to have been nominated. He said that he will use this as a lesson and motivation to work harder.

Mwashindange of PDK as well as Mushiva of Black Vulcanite asked for clarity and more transparency with the judging system. "We just want to know what went wrong," said Mwashindange.

The NAMAs take place on 1 and 2 May 2015 at the Swakopmund Indoor Sports Centre. Tickets are on sale now at Computicket.

The nominees for the 2015 Namibia Annual Music Awards are:

Best Acapella

  • Ovanandjeda Choir -. Jesus Hinakumuesa  
  • Brothers In Christ - I Surrender 
  • Ziita Augusto - Jesus Is The World To Me

Best Afrikaans

  • Araffath - Bughter Meisie ft. S-Man 
  • Elize - Vergewe en Vergeet  
  • M.C-Ray - Met Neck ft. A-Block Cuzzle 
  • Michael - Carolina 
  • Tabakanz- Meisie (Dink Sy Het Dit)

Best Afro Pop (incl. Township Disco)

  • DJ Glob na DJ Zille - Papatere Mudirimba ft. Maria  
  • Floritha - Chi Baby ft. The Dogg  
  • House Guru Gangs - Guru Dance ft. Neslow  
  • Oteya  - Ethimbo 
  • Uno Boy - Get Up ft. Tequila 

Best Collaboration

  • Gazza - Shuna ft. DJ Bucks & Uhuru 
  • House Guru Gangs  - Kadona Wange ft. Neslow & Ann Singer 
  • KP Illest - Jazz & Jealousy ft. En-Khae & Monique English 
  • Oteya - Chiporoporo ft. SwartBaster 
  • Tswazis - Togetherness ft. Diop 

Best Damara Punch

  • Bulan - Xoro-mai bate ft. T-Bozz & Staika 
  • Dixon - Ti xun 
  • Donsy & Daisy - //Gâu/Goras  
  • T-Bozz & Staika - /ae-di aokha  //khoab (#NET- #NET) 
  • Tswazis - //Gare  

Best Gospel

  • D-Naff - Omwa Tuulukila Ondjila ft. Tequila & V-Lo 
  • Elize - Hold On
  • Manda Gabriel - Alpha na Omega  
  • V-M - My Ways  
  • Vorticella - Kapuna ft. Tequila 

Best Duo/Group

  • DJ Glob na DJ Zille - Waya Waya 
  • Morukondjo Concert Group - Ueja Ua Kanokona (Dolly-key)
  • New Generation - Oukriste Kawo Vingundi 
  • StarDust - Lights 
  • Vorticella - Africa  

Best House

  • DJ Dozza  - Waiting For Your Name ft. Adora 
  • Gazza - Shuna ft. DJ Bucks & Uhuru 
  • LiL D  - Beautiful Feeling  
  • StarDust  - Lights 
  • Tswazis - Digaga

Best Kizomba

  • Atushe - Fikama ft. Avozinha 
  • Blossom - Egululandje
  • Dixon - Valentina 
  • Kudurista  - We Miss You Mama
  • Michael  - Sa Du !Gui Du 

Best Kwaito

  • Ees - Klewwa ft. Brickz
  • Exit - Killa All-Star
  • Mr Makoya  - Hosh  
  • Omzoo M'Dualala - Kosppana
  • TKB  - Lonely ft. Neslow & Exit 

Best Music Video

  • Black Vulcanite - Big Egos 
  • D-Naff - Omwa Tuulukila Ondjila ft. Tequila & V-Lo 
  • Oteya - Ethimbo 
  • Tonetic - Undefended 
  • Tswazis  - Digaga

Best Newcomer 

  • Araffath  - Oshiwambo Way ft. Ethnix
  • Kalux - Hafifange 
  • Kolesa Gospel Choir  - Jesus Will Come Again 
  • M-Jay- Don't Give Up ft. The Dogg & Floritha 
  • TKB - My Tura Love 

Best Song with a Message  

  • Big Ben - Africa Unite (Against Baby Dumping)
  • Elize - Turn The Other Cheek 
  • Mawela Brigade - I Feel Your Pain ft. Tequila 
  • New Generation - A Text From Jesus ft. Michelle 
  • N.I.A - Cold World ft. Lil D 

Best Oviritje

  • Bullet Ya Kaoko - Ombua  
  • Diop - Mburo Mukonge 
  • Morukondjo Concert Group - Ovakue (Jessy ft. Diop)
  • Okocha Murema - Itaveree
  • The Wire - Ndjimuazuva

Best RnB 

  • Floritha - Too Busy For Me ft. Bertholdt & Stitch 
  • Kalux - I Love You 
  • LiL D - This Is Love 
  • Lize Ehlers - Oh Yes  
  • Promise - Where You At ft. Slammer 

Best Rap/Hip-Hop

  • Hansolo - Born Free ft. Muambo Gwambabi 
  • KK - Katutura Kid 
  • KP Illest - When I'm Home 
  • Touch Down Squad - We On ft. Mz
  • N.I.A - Cold World ft. Lil D 

Best Reggae  

  • Blazah-I  - Can Hold  
  • Mawela Brigade  - Okaana Kawa 
  • Slosh - Stop Passion Killing ft. Lando-B n Opera 
  • Spanish - Rastaman 
  • StarDust  - Calling On You 

Best Rock / Alternative 

  • Lize Ehlers - Just Show Up 
  • Sean Naude T.N.C - Highway Man 
  • The Dotcomz - The Night 

Best Shambo

  • D-Naff  - Abraham Okwagandja Isak ft. Tunakie & Tequila 
  • Lonette - Owambo 
  • Neslow - Omumati Wo Swag 
  • Nono - Ndimupemo 
  • Om'Nenenhu Dazzle - Ohole Yange Yahepuluka 

Best Single  

  • Chikune - Pumpkin 
  • Exit - Killa All-Star 
  • Gazza - Shuna ft. DJ Bucks & Uhuru 
  • M-Jay - Don't Give Up ft. The Dogg & Floritha 
  • Tswazis - No Worries 

Best Soukous/Kwasa

  • A-Kee - Esiku 
  • Blossom - Indamo Mondambo 
  • Diop - Ebola  
  • Female Donkey - Raak My Aan  
  • Kudurista - Acabe  

Best Traditional

  • Donsy & Daisy - Ī Da Ge Ra
  • G.T Panduleni  - Xup' Omufima Moshana
  • Kuku Nkandanga - Ondonga  
  • Nakapandi Koikuti Onghwalukuwa - Efundula 
  • Ras Kakuva - Shimbungu na Kavandje 

Best Album of the Year 

  • Exit - I Am The Truth 
  • Lize Ehlers - Change 
  • Oteya - Ethimbo 
  • StarDust - StarDust 
  • Tswazis - Full Force 

Best Female Artist of the Year  

  • Blossom - Indamo Mondambo 
  • Bulan - Xoro-mai bate ft. T-Bozz & Staika 
  • Lonette - Owambo 
  • Oteya - Chiporoporo ft. SwartBaster 
  • Promise - Where You At ft. Slammer 

Best Male Artist of the Year 

  • Dixon - Ti Xun 
  • Exit - Killa All-Star
  • Gazza - Shuna ft. DJ Bucks & Uhuru 
  • Kalux - Hafifange 
  • N.I.A - Cold World ft. Lil D 

Radio Song of the Year 

  • Blacksheep - Omaludo ft. Adora 
  • Gazza - Shuna ft. DJ Bucks & Uhuru 
  • PDK - My Size 
  • Oteya - Ethimbo
  • Gazza - My Boeta 

Most Disciplined Artist of the Year  

  • Fishman  
  • Laukey
  • Little Eddie 
  • Mr Rhee 
  • Paradox 

Best Live Performance of the Year

  • Bonny Face
  • Castro
  • Little Eddie
  • Ongoro no Mundu
  • Shaeto 

Most Popular Artist of the Year 

  • Gazza
  • KP Illest 
  • Ongoro no Mundu 
  • Paradox 
  • The Dogg

Entertainment Journalist of the Year 

  • Gordon Joseph 
  • DJ Maldini 
  • Mwanyengwa Ndapewoshali-Shapwanale
  • Rinelda Mouton
  • Selma Neshiko 

Entertainment DJ of the Year 

  • DJ Cheeze
  • DJ Maldini 
  • Gospert Kaffer 
  • Lomo Prince 
  • Nashawn 

Best Musical Event of the Year

  • DJ Glob na DJ Zille Makuru Nganga -Waya-Waya CD Launch 
  • Gazza Ondjila CD Launch 
  • Joyous Gospel Music Competition 
  • KK Snapbacks & Tattoos Show 
  • P Square Concert 

Song of the Year 

  • Beast - Lately
  • DJ Glob na DJ Zille - Waya Waya 
  • KP Illest - Jazz & Jealousy ft. En-Khae & Monique English 
  • Paradox - Chasin ft. AliThatDude
  • X-Bantuans - Back to Kasi

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