The Moment has arrived

For the last month we have been eating and talking Namibian music because of the Namibian Annual Music Awards 2017, artists, journalists and radio presenters have been campaigning like never before, the whole process was exciting for all involved. The feeling of not knowing if you have done enough or if people really voted for you like they have said is so nerve wrecking.

Most certainly I also voted for my favorites like crazy and just hope they remember me when they drop their winning words that night.

As much as the Namibian Annual Music Awards celebrate artists and their music, we should not forget the role radio stations and newspapers play in building the music industry. It’s satisfactory enough that there are categories for ‘best entertainment journalists’ and ‘radio DJ of the year’ but NAMA organisers should look into creating categories for radio stations that play the most local music and that create opportunities for local artists in terms of free interviews, this will push radio stations in the country to focus more on Namibian music also. The same applies for print media as well. This way we can expect more stories from upcoming artists, the already establish ones and allowing journalists to tell creative stories about Namibian music. This will in turn create healthy competition and it’s just a heads up for the Namas organizers to take up and look into.

When I saw the list of artists who will be performing at the awards I was like Yes! New faces, new voices, a couple of old ones, I love the whole mix up of performers for this year, particularly the all-female element. Looking forward to Adora’s first Namas solo performance, Doris gives me life can’t wait to see what she brings to the NAMA stage and lastly the lady that killed it last year Female Donkey. We have another reunion on the NAMA stage this year Raphael & Pele. These guy were one of the reason I love ma // music, truly hope they will burn down the stage with their electrifying dance moves.


By now the nervous have kicked in. The moment is officially here just make sure you look your best and most importantly you have tons of fun. Remember to network because that is what the NAMA event  is about making connection, finding love and making money.


To all nominates you are all winners, *laugh* but for real it’s not the number of awards that define your worth but the long lasting impact your work had on people.

Let’s celebrate Namibian Music this weekend like never before, by the way what is the theme for this year’s award if you know tweet it to me @Joe1orr.

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The transformation of Namibian Music in 2016

Can we agree on this point? This year our artists have showed the rest of the African continent that they have arrived and are here to shake things up. When one Namibian artist is nominated, that artist represent the rest of the country whether they win or lose, just the fact that it creates a platform for networking and to get our name out there. We had The Dogg who was the first Namibian artist to be nominated for the MTV MAMA Awards 2016 this was a real big thing, though he didn’t win but everybody was talking about him, he’s name is out there. It’s not always about the win but what you do with your nomination. Sally wining an award for best female Southern African at the All African Music Awards was a perfect way to close off the year 2016. Let’s take a moment to talk about the quality of local music videos and the views they have been getting on YouTube it’s absolutely crazy. That’s what we wanted all along, creativity goes a long way in making a video, as well as beautiful sites which we are not short of in Namibian.

If you want a high quality music video be prepare to put money into it. Trace Africa has been playing more Namibian music videos and our artists are killing it on the Trace chart.  The more time you invest in making a quality video, you are busy creating a hit because in most cases the video makes the song a hit. No forgetting the Namibian Annual Music Awards has also been doing a great job in terms of awarding well established and upcoming artists this year. I think it’s about time radio stations get together to host an award ceremony for local artists because at the rate our local industry is growing at, it is impossible to only have one. That is something for station managers to think about.

The year 2016 has truly being about celebrating Namibian Music and Showing the African continent that we are here and we didn’t come to play. This year we have also welcomed amazing new talent to the mix. Let’s work together to make 2017 bigger and great for Namibian Music, Yes!      Continue reading “The transformation of Namibian Music in 2016”