By Selma Shiwaya
It is not a new thing for late artists to be honoured during the Namibia Annual Music Awards. This year was no exception with the awards paying tribute to Brenda Fassie alongside other great legends in the history of Namibian music. In a tribute to the artist who died 15 years ago an award was presented to his elder brother Themba Fassie who exuded delight in the legacy of her late sister.
“MaBrrr was such a master of grace. She dared to make us remember who we are and has transformed our understanding of life through lyrics”, he said during his acceptance speech.
Themba further described how dance, storytelling, and religious practices are all grounded in the African culture saying that music has a greater purpose than just something done to have a good time.
“Fortunately icons like Brenda Nokuzola as well as mama Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a very close ally of Brenda, made us realise the connotation of African music as a utilitarian function used in vital aspects of life,” he said.
Among the performers to pay tribute was songbirds Jaliza, Adora and Priscilla the Namibian Dessert Queen who belted out Brenda’s timeless hits Leave me Alone and Weekend Special.
Alike, the NAMAs also paid tribute to Namibia’s late musical powerhouse Stoney Mubiana with a lifetime achiever’s award. Mubiana’s son Leon alongside his two siblings accepted the award.
The awards ceremony also recognized all late Namibian music legends with a tribute performance featuring a slide show of their images. The crowd cheered on as the image of Ma/gaisa king Phura Duwe appeared on the screen showing that their effect on fans has no expiration.