The 2019 NAMAs are undeniably one of my favourite events to attend this year and here is why.
Going into the Dome this year for the recently ended NAMAs I thought oh boy, can we get in here and get over with it please, it’s not like there will be anything new. Darling was I wrong. The biggest lie I had told myself was to expect the same stage set up, the same presenting of awards, the same performance but nothing was the same at all. Before the show began we were all made to feel welcomed to the venue and the rest of the magical night by an Oshiwambo traditional dance group and when now self-proclaimed king of kwaito Exit officially ‘opened’ the stage I knew I was about to have one of the best nights of my life. The efforts that went in the production of the event need a standing ovation.
This year’s NAMAs was more than just about rewarding musicians as they similarly made the night spectacular for the audience and you would know this is true when Namtwitter had nothing to roast but the blunders of the presenters and certain people’s attires. From the new to the old presenters, the newly introduced streaming room for engagement to the theatrical aspect included in the performances it was all a bliss. Who would have thought a whole horse would be used to make an entrance and a statement about ending violence or Y Cliff truly depicting his feelings in that touching performance he pulled off with a bathtub on the stage? And can we talk about the dancers and their swag plus sick choreography? What a wow! It was both a night of giving and getting. Not everything will go as planned obviously as there were glaring oversights during the production that could have been avoided like the sound aspect for those in the crowd but credit needs to be given where it is due. Even though the NAMAs still have room for improvement, its growth over the years and especially that was depicted last weekend, they are on the right path for sure.
If there ever is a time where we have to appreciate efforts individuals and organizations are making and putting into the arts industry, this is one of those damn moments. If this is how crazy the NAMAs committee can get, imagine them insanely going out? It is genuinely heartwarming to always witness deserving artists get rewarded for their hard work. As for those who didn’t win, it simply means it is not yet your time.
It is safe to say that I am grateful for getting onto that Air Namibian plane to chip in and out for one of the most important days in the Namibian entertainment industry. The sponsorship to fly me in to cover the glamorous awards was indeed worth it and will forever be treasured. Kudos to everyone who did their part to make the night memorable and magical.