Joharetha nominated for four NAMAs

Monique English and Gerry Dread also nominated

11 April 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Joharetha; Artist;“The most important thing is that I have been nominated and that is awesome.”

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Coastal artists Joharetha Nel, Monique English and Gerson “Gerry Dread” Mandavela were all nominated for the MTC/NBC 2020 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs).

The nomination ceremony for the prestigious awards was broadcast live by the NBC recently.

Simply known as Joharetha in music circles, the songbird from Walvis Bay received four nominations, namely Best Afrikaans, Best Gospel, Best Music Video and Newcomer of the Year for her songs “Veertig Dae” and “Attata” (also the title of her debut album).

“I am very excited and emotional about being nominated. Even if I don’t win, it is not about that. The most important thing is that I have been nominated and that is awesome,” she said.

Monique English, the 2017 Female Artist of the Year, received two nods for this year’s showpiece. The singer, who also hails from Walvis Bay, was nominated for Best Afro pop (including Township Disco) as well as for Female Artist of the Year for her song “Red” featuring ESB. The song is also the title of her latest album.

“I am very excited. It is my first NAMA nominations as an independent artist. It feels great to get noticed and awarded. Let’s hope I go home with both awards I was nominated for,” English said.

2019 NAMA Best Reggae winner Gerry Dread has a chance to defend his crown this year. The Swakopmund-based musician was nominated in the same category for his track “Conqueror”.

“I feel so ‘irie’ for being nominated. I didn’t expect it at all. I am really blessed,” said Gerry Dread.

The 2020 NAMAs, which will be held under the theme “Then and now”, takes place at The Dome in Swakopmund on 2 May 2020.

Namibian superstars PDK and newcomer female artist Rose BLVC, received the most nominations with seven each.

The awards are the last that MTC will be co-hosting and will include a special category known as Artist of the Decade to celebrate the best Namibian artists of the last decade.

The artists nominated for the Artist of the Decade are Blossom (now known as Blossom Queen), Exit, Gazza, Lize Ehlers and The Dogg (now known as King Tee Dee). The winner of the Artist of the Decade will walk away with N$100 000 in prize money.

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