Namibian artists thrilled about Kora Awards

> Adolf Kaure

Windhoek – Namibian musicians, who are in contention for the 2015 Kora All-Africa Awards that will be held in Windhoek on March 20, 2016, cannot hide their excitement to be voted among the best in the African continent.

Eight Namibians representing various music genres have been nominated in various categories for the awards. There are 26 categories in total.

They are Erna Chimu (Best Female Traditional Music); Gazza (Best Male: Southern Africa); Elize Dentlinger (Best Female Artist: Southern Africa); Sally (Best Urban Music); D-Naff (Best Male: Spiritual Music); VM Six (Best Group: Spiritual); The Dogg (Best Collaboration) and Ees for Best Album of the Year.

Namibia’s top female act of 2014, Erna Chimu is overjoyed by the nomination. She told The Southern Times that it came as a surprise and that she was told by others telephonically about her achievement.

The Kora’s are the most prestigious and lucrative music awards in Africa that recognises musical and artistic excellence in Africa. The prize money ranges from $50 000 to $1 million for the winners.

“There were many things that I was going through at once. It was a very big surprise. I felt mixed feelings. I was excited, and nervous. I wasn’t there when it was announced; I was called by people to tell me,” said Chimu.

Hosting such a prestigious event, Chimu said the Kora Awards would provide Namibian artists with an opportunity to expose their music to artists from other countries in the continent.

“It will be a great opportunity for us to interact and work with people from other countries. It puts you in line to give you an opportunity to work even harder,” she said.

Chimu who was nominated for the category of Best Female Traditional Music Artist in Africa optimistically pointed out that her chances of winning were high but depended solely on how the public votes.

“My chances of winning are very good, but only if I can mobilise people to vote for me,” said Erna.

She is up against the likes of Cecile Kayirebwa (Rwanda); Dobet Gnahore (Cote d’ivoire) sham Geshu (Eritria); Abey Lakew (Ethiopia) and Hope Masike (Zimbabwe).

The 2014 Namibia Music Awards (NAMA) Female Artist of the Year was also excited at seeing many other Namibians artists getting nominated compared to previous years which saw only one or two nominations per edition.

The Dogg who is the first Namibian artist to win a Kora Award in 2013 has also expressed his joy of once again being nominated for the illustrious awards.

“It was great, I never thought that Namibia would win such a continental award,” The Dogg remarked about his winning the Best Male Artist Southern Africa in 2012.

“It feels like I am being nominated for the first time. So I feel good about it,” he said.

The multi-award winner confidently believed that his devoted fans will not let him down in winning another Kora Award and is glad to see many Namibian artists nominated, saying it shows growth in the music industry. .

“I believe in the fans. They are the one that decide. I’ve got loyal and die-hard fans. The possibility (of winning) is there.  Now, it’s my part to promote myself and let them know how to vote. There are no worries,” he said.

“It’s a good feeling that Namibians are doing great for themselves, although the last time I told people that it would been great to have been nominated with other Namibians. But it shows that Namibians are doing great music,” he said.

The Dogg is in running for the Best Collaboration of the Year with the song Africa Baby – that also features Cano, Wizzboyy, and South Africa’s Mafikizolo.

December 2015
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