With the biggest night on Namibia’s entertainment calendar heading to Swakopmund next month, MTC and nbc are excited to announce this year’s presenters for the Namibian Annual Music Awards. The NAMAs have grown in leaps and bounds, and year after year organisers have staged a world class event. Steering towards its 9th edition, the award show continues to celebrate excellence and creativity in the local music industry, by awarding musicians who have shown their ability to break boundaries and reach new ground.
For many people, it is difficult to imagine how much effort goes into staging an event as glamorous and magical as the Namibia Annual Music Award, including months of planning and sleepless nights for the production team, while having to find the perfect hosts. The search for this year’s host birthed numerous auditions and training sessions. Now, however, the NAMAs Executive Committee is confident that this year’s presenters will bring flare and wit, building on the success of last year’s extravaganza. The presenters are all young and vibrant, with enchanting personalities to envelope a live audience, while also offering a mix of experience and freshness.
Television and radio personalities Tanya Daringo and Paul Munanjala will hold it down on the main stage. The two University of Namibia graduates found their feet in front of the camera, as well as in radio studios, and so they offer experience and tenacity. Tanya has interviewed some of the biggest names in local showbiz and crept into Namibian hearts and homes when she became the face of the popular nbc lifestyle magazine program Tutaleni. Tanya is known for her bubbly yet professional flair and has worked with some of the world’s leading brands. She loves the idea of shaping and redirecting perceptions within the media. Some of her career highlights include hosting the Namibian Annual Music Awards in 2018 and 2015 NAMA’s Blue room; Tutaleni; Tupopyeni and MTC Interact, among others. On the other hand, Tanya’s main stage counterpart Paul has gained popularity as NBC’s Whatagwan presenter. The 27-year-old is arguably one of the most sought-after MCs right now, and has found himself hosting some of the biggest events in the country. He has been a familiar face on the NAMAs stage since his debut in 2015 and continues to impress. A highlight of his young career however has been hosting Supersport’s Homeground alongside Minnie Dlamini- Jones and Lungile Radu as a guest presenter last year. The NAMAs Blue Room The NAMAs Blue Room offers an exciting combination of two young Namibians who are moving towards making big stages their playground. They first worked together on the NAMA’s 2019 nomination show, and the combination turned out to be golden. They had chemistry and cooperated in ways often only demonstrated by seasoned television presenters.
The first half of the duo is radio presenter and dancer, Joe Mulisa. Like Tanya and Paul, Joe too is a former student of the University of Namibia. And while he is carving a name for himself in the local entertainment industry, few know that he actually graduated with a law degree. Joe is the producer and presenter of the new generation drive time show; ‘The Daily Dose’ on Touch FM. He first introduced himself to Namibians when he made the NAMAs 2017 presenters cut. His return to the NAMAs stage speaks to his holistic growth as a presenter. No one trick pony, apart from his law degree and doing radio and hosting events, Joe is also a professional dancer and model, He does acting and writing as well. He will be joined in the NAMAs Blue Room by Elago Shitaatala.
Born and raised in Windhoek, the 24-year old Elago is no stranger to the behind-the-scenes madness. She offers her artistry and creativity when it comes to video editing to the nbc as a production officer, working on news and current affairs. This year she has been on a mission to prove that she doesn’t only create magic in the editing booth, but that she can also hold her own on a live stage, as she did at the NAMAs 2019 nomination show. Elago started her on-air
presenting career as a radio presenter at a community radio station in 2016. She has also been a presenter for 2030 In focus on nbc and currently, Elago is a daily Sport News anchor on nbc.
The Blue Carpet The Blue carpet remains one of the most exciting features of the NAMAs awards night. It’s a celebration of fashion, grace and style that allows Namibians at home to get a glimpse of their favorite movers and shakers. This year’s blue carpet will be hosted by Adriano Visagie and Ndapewa Ambambi. The youngest among this year’s presenters, Ndapewa is 21 years old and from Ondangwa. She is a final year Journalism and Media Technology student at the Namibian University of Science and Technology. She made her debut on front of the camera when she co- hosted the NAMA nomination show blue carpet. Her co-host Adriano has been in the local entertainment and arts industry for some time now, hacting in a number of theatre productions, and having an Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award nomination under his belt. He has worked with a respectable list of corporates, and offers a gentle flare to the NAMA’s 2019 blue carpet.
This year’s awards show will be hosted at the Dome in Swakopmund on the 7 th of September 2019.
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