Gazza sweeps 2017 NAMAs

Walvis Bay – The 2017 Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) on Saturday saw Gazza walking away with more than one award including the prominent, Male Artist of the Year and Best Album of the Year for his latest, “Pumumu”.

Lazarus Shiimi whose stage name is Gazza, won best male artist in 2015 at Swakopmund, while Big Ben won Male Artist of the Year in 2016.

Sponsors this year also recognised Gazza’s effort and dedication to Namibian music by awarding him a Special Recognition Award.

On top of that, he also won Best Collaboration for “Abangani Bako ft Emtee & Saudi” from South Africa. This is the second time he won the category after 2015.

The Female Artist of the Year award went to Monique English for “Since 1994”. This is her first NAMA.

The awards come with a cash prize of N$100 000 for each winner.

The Gazza Music Production (GMP) boss added a political twist to his award acceptance remarks by dedicating the Special and Artist of the Year awards to the Founding Father Sam Nujoma, former President Hifikepunye Pohamba and current President Hage Geingob.

He said it was because of them and others that Namibia is liberated and allows him to freely pursue his musical career.

Having already established his music in African countries such as South Africa, Gazza pledged to soon stun the whole continent with his music.

“This is not business. I do this as a passion. We might be small as a music label but our voice is big.”

The cherry on top, was Gazza and his dancers’ amazing performance featuring a popular dance by the King of Pop Michael Jackson, complete with a similar outfit.

He received a standing ovation from the fans, who kept shouting his name throughout the announcements, especially of the awards he did not win.

Meanwhile, Hip-Hop sensation Jericho Gawanab well known as J-Twizzle returned to reclaim his turf in the genre he dominated since 2005 and won Best Rap/Hip-Hop. Jericho last won this award in 2011 and is deemed godfather of Namibian English Hip-Hop next to Shikololo who delivers his lyrics in Oshiwambo.

Oteya took Best Soukous Kwasa with her song “Village Boy” and Best Music Video for “All or Nothing”.

On Friday at the Industry awards, Elemotho was awarded Lifetime Achievement for being a legendary musician and for his contribution and marketing of Namibian music in Africa and internationally.

Mobile Telecommunications Limited and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, along with numerous other entities, sponsored the awards. – NAMPA

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