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Nga-I puts NAMAs on blast

Namibian rapper Nga-I is not happy with the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMA). The rapper feels that he was robbed from winning the 2018 Song of the year category.

In a series of posts on Facebook Nga-I questioned why he did not win the award for the Song of the Year category. Nga-I who was also nominated for Best Hip-Hop in 2018 alongside KP Illest, NIA, Paradox and Romi. The Kurama singer wanted to know why he lost out the award for Song of the Year to a song that was not even nominated in the Best Rap/Hip-Hop category for NAMA 2018.

“Someone tell me how the f#$÷x I was the only Hip Hop artist to be nominated for Song of the year and yet to lose to a song that wasn’t the best hip hop song. To a song That was barrely [sic] even a hip hop song???,” he questioned.

Nga-I recommended that to whom it may concern to stop with the politics and corruption in the music industry. “To whom it may apply: Stop the F”:;&^( corruption. Stop the politics and let the music speak. You are killing the game…mxxxm,” he posted on Facebook.

In another post the rapper suggested that the NAMAs were biased and unfair towards certain artists and there was a need for a new music awards show. “If we’re being tricked and swindled how we supposed to act as inspiration for those who follow us??? As it soo [sic] is a completely new unbiased music award show has to be started.

“F?:*€# the NAMAS dawg [sic],” he concluded the post.

In a 11 April 2018 media statement NAMA Executive Chairperson Umbi Karuaihe-Upi explained how nominations work for the Song of the Year category. “Song of the Year nominees are strictly decided by the various Radio Stations purely based on the most played songs during the period 1st December 2016 to 31st November 2017. Once these nominees are decided upon, they are not given to the Vetting Committee for vetting because it is based on most played song status by the Radio Stations, and that is vetting in itself,” said Karuaihe-Upi.

Nga-I has since deleted his posts on Facebook.

Shona Ngavahttps://unwrap.online
Shona Ngava is a music journalist, educator, and blogger who aims to share more insight on how music impacts the average listener. He has worked previously for the Namibian Sun as a journalist and has done countless reviews of many albums and singles focusing specifically on the Namibian music scene. He is the host of the only show on radio that is dedicated to album reviews and music critiquing in Namibia. He works at the community radio station of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) called NUST FM. He is currently the Programming and Music Director the radio station and is responsible finding the right music for the station and audio and radio production at NUST FM. Shona Ngava has 5 years experience within the print and broadcasting industries and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communications Technology. He is passionate about the entertainment industry and elevating and taking it to better heights. He believes in equal treatment of artists and making sure their stories are told all the time every time hence he is a contributor for unwrap.online. Besides Journalism, Shona Ngava's other interests lie in artist management, social media marketing and talent management and brand management.


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