Nominees out for Kavango Music Awards Namibia 2020

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By Ano Shumba

The nominees for the first edition of the Kavango Music Awards (KAMAs) were announced ahead of the awards ceremony at the Trade Fair Hall in Rundu, Namibia.

The KAMAs, which were launched on 15 February, are intended to enhance and promote a uniformed approach in the marketing of the musical talent in the Kavango regions in Namibia’s northeast.

“The idea of hosting the KAMAs came about when we realised there is a lot of talent in the two Kavango regions that are not being recognised,” KAMAs executive director Isa Saidi said. “We have been following the Namibia Annual Music Awards and there are categories like Best Oviritje and others, but there hasn’t been for best Kavango to also showcase that there is music happening in our two regions.”

The organisers say the event is run by a group of volunteers that share a common goal "to recognise and expose local Kavango music.”

“Over the years we have seen how our artists have been sidelined. The KAMAs are for every artist who considers the Kavango regions their home and have the passion and drive for music that can get them recognised after this event,” they said.

The winners in the following categories will each receive a cash prize of N$5 000 ($330): Best Male Artist of the Year, Best Female Artist of the Year, Best Music Video of the Year and Best Song of the Year.

Best Soukus/Kwasa

  • ‘Ufuku’ – Allen Jonathan ft. Savindjele
  • ‘Carolina’ – Chicano Family ft. Chezster B-Killer
  • ‘Ose Vantu’ – Puppy ft. Sese Yambulya Ngandu and Monkey Du
  • ‘Mariah’ – Jbeats

Best Afropop

  • ‘Believe Me Mama’ – Zhondie ft. Bones Yamukongo
  • ‘Dance’ – Italiano
  • ‘Ncinci Tjokola’ – M-Gee ft. Bones Yamukongo, Zhondie, Jittah
  • ‘Nankero’ – Big Mich
  • ‘Kulikonakona’ – 2Bu
  • ‘African Beer’ – Sean Blizzy
  • ‘Nkare Vaya Mudipage’ – DJ Malyamungu
  • ‘Evaya’ – Ayce

Best Kwaito

  • ‘Foromani’ – Blacky Bantwan ft. Zhondie and Jbee
  • ‘Party Tonight’ – Chicano Family ft. Taurus
  • ‘Friday Night’ – Mtato Boys
  • ‘December’ – Jitta ft. Patrick (PDK)
  • ‘Upingwe’ – Puppy
  • ‘Nyokokuru’ – Zhondie
  • ‘Saronda Mpadi’ – The Converse
  • ‘Epata’ – Tutor of Love

Best Traditional

  • ‘Wahalivingilika’ – Sean Blizzy
  • ‘Vakwangombe’ – DJ Malyamungu
  • ‘Tambula’ – Allen Jonathan
  • ‘Usigona Wange’ – Black Bantwan
  • ‘Kafunga Kami’ – The converse
  • ‘Udano Wompo’ – Chokwe Queen
  • ‘Kina’ – Nyemba Boss

Best Single

  • ‘December’ – Jitta ft. Patrick (PDK)
  • ‘Dance Me’ – Ali West
  • ‘Pull da Trigga’ – Ayce
  • ‘Ezuva Limwe’ – Flavour Shediva
  • ‘Instagram’ – Italiano

Best Male Artist of the Year

  • Zhondie – ‘Matokoro’
  • M-Gee – ‘Ncinci Tjokola’
  • Jitta ft. Patrick (PDK) – ‘December’
  • Allen Jonathan ft. TKB – ‘Sihorasange’

Best Female Artist of the Year

  • Flavour Shediva – ‘Ezuva Limwe’
  • Chokwe Queen – ‘Udano Wompo’
  • Kaybee – ‘Ruhakitho’
  • Kasandra – ‘My Life’

Best Upcoming Male Artist

  • Mtato Boys – ‘Kaume’
  • 2Bu – ‘Hedera Pwange’
  • Blacky Bantwan – ‘Step Out’
  • Lannah – ‘Ndahafa’

Best Gospel

  • ‘Tulirongeni Bibeli’ – Puppy

Best Kizomba

  • ‘I Know You Want Me’ – Italiano
  • ‘Gusirangepo’ – Mtato Boys

Best Song of the Year

  • ‘Italiano’ – Italiano
  • ‘December’ – Jitta –ft. Patrick (PDK)
  • ‘Pay Day’ – M-Gee
  • ‘Nzira’ – TKB

Best Collaboration

  • ‘Tjo Tjo Tjo’ – Flavour Shediva ft. TKB
  • ‘I Am Sorry’ – Allen Jonathan ft. Nancy and Solla
  • ‘December’ – Jitta – ft. Patrick (PDK)
  • ‘Chakalaka Woowo’ – Chicano Family ft. Zhondie, TKB, Sean Blizzy, Kazlajaivas and Skinny Fella
  • ‘Friday Night’ – Jbeats ft. Sturridge, Oswaldo, Bertha and Yazz
  • ‘Believe Me Mama’ – Zhondie ft. Bones Yamukongo
  • ‘Celina’ – UnoBoy ft. TKB
  • ‘Easy to Please’ – House Guru Gang ft. Gazza
  • ‘Ndiwe’ – The Converse ft. Jerry D
  • ‘Yoyo Yeni’ – Sean Blizzy ft. Zhondie and Challo
  • ‘Hedera Pwange’ – 2Bu ft. Jbeats
  • ‘Wedding Day’ – Kasandra ft. Chezster
  • ‘Ama SBZ’ – Mtato Boys ft. The Vippers

Best House

  • ‘Let it Fall’ – DJ Malyamungu
  • ‘Lovisa’ – Chicano Family
  • ‘Mosauyemwa’ – The Converse
  • ‘‘We Are No. 1’ – Tutor of Love
  • ‘Blesser’ – Sean Blizzy
  • ‘Yodo Yodo’ – 2Bu
  • ‘Kulimonekesa’ – Nyemba Boss
  • ‘Bad Neighbours’ – House Guru Gang
  • ‘Teka’ – Kasandra

Best Music Video

  • ‘Let it Fall’ – ‘DJ Malyamungu
  • ‘Ngoma ya Kuku’ – Allen Jonathan
  • ‘Namesho’ – Chicano Family
  • ‘Kangumbe’ – UnoBoy
  • ‘Nzira’ – TKB
  • ‘Believe me Mama’ – Zhondie
  • Music in Africa.

 

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