The Judges for the Namibian Annual Music Awards 2018 edition have been announced in a media briefing by the NAMA Executive this morning in Windhoek, Nambia. The esteemed judging panel for this year is once again made up from a very credible esteemed Namibian panel of judges together with music, entertainment and media executives from Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, Benin and the USA.
THE JUDGES FOR NAMA 2018:
SAMMY FORSON (Ghana)
Sammy Forson is a Ghanaian Award winning broadcaster with Joy99.7 FM and has over 14 years on air experience, business manager for BET & MTV, VGMA Award winning Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie and CEO of both Aspire Music/Entertainment and Evolve by Sammy Forson.
SOMOINA KIMOJINO (Kenya)
Programmes Director at the number 1 radio network in Kenya, 98.4 CAPITAL FM and Senior Director of one of the biggest music, media, entertainment broadcasters and networks in East Africa, Capital Group LTD East Africa. Somoina Kimojino, for the last 14yrs has been at the realm of Radio in Kenya as Programmes Director for Capital FM . She has successfully managed a number of talents and kept the brand innovative and alive as one of the leading stations in the region. A music enthusiast with a keen eye for talent, has built a great team of noteworthy shows and presenters. From Marcus and Leo, Chao Tolle, Cess, Chris Lugoe, Chris foot, Renee and Maqbul, Amina and Solo to name a few. She has created noteworthy programs or specials such as The Capital One which is the only talent search for media talent in Kenya. Having pioneered and brought back the concert culture back to Kenya which have seen the likes of Joe, Johnny Gill, Erykah Badu, Papa Wemba, Freshly Ground, Baaba Maal just to name a few through Tusker Lite Experience, The Lounge Unplugged and now the curator of one of Kenya’s largest festivals The Koroga Festival. She also launched a talent management at the end of last year to focus on nurturing upcoming talent http://www.Somztalentmanagement.com
SAMMY THUO (Kenya)
Sammy has been in the marketing, digital, advertising and media industries for over 21 years and the Director and co-founder of Saracen OMD – one of East Africa’s largest independent media specialists agencies providing world class media planning and buying services to leading local and international clients across the sub-region and the biggest media agency in East Africa today. OMD, the global media advertising company of Omnicom in 2003 is arguably the world’s largest marketing communications network, with offices in over 80 countries.
CHALI BRAVO (Zambia)
Chali “Bravo” Mulalami is one of the leading music entertainment executives in Zambia today, with his roots as one of Zambia’s leading songwriters and producers, and one of the most influential living individual in Zambia’s music publishing industry with an official release record of 32 albums (400+ songs) under he helm. He is also credited with debuting more Zambian artists than any other music promoter in the region. In addition he also heads up one of Zambia’s leading video and audio production companies, event management companies, “One Drum Village”, a nonprofit that supports artists in their quest to harness the power of art and the artists’ brand to effect social change in marginalized communities. Chali Bravo is still active as a song writer and music producer for his Sling Beats Music label.
OLUFUNKE ADEBONOJO (Benin & USA)
Olufunke Adebonojo is an accomplished music, entertainment, communications and marketing executive, a corporate advisor and a global consultant with more than 20 years combined experience. Olufunke headed up the Marketing Department for the global media music entertainment company Black Entertainment Television (BET Networks) as the Director of Marketing for BET International and BET Jazz across the globe outside of North America. Today Olufunke runs her own company and consultancy between the USA, Benin and other countries on the African continent.
LISCHEN KHACHAS (Namibia)
Lischen Khachas has been dubbed Namibia’s top female DJ. She is a holder of a diploma in Sound Engineering and Music production. Lischen Khachas is also a Radio personality and an MC and has been a part of the Namibian music industry for more than 12 years as a DJ and also behind the scenes. She has worked for Radio Energy 100 FM where she started off her career as a commercial DJ in 2010 and also worked for Fresh FM radio and has vast experience in the broadcast and media industry. In 2014 she was nominated and won the Windhoek Lager Ambassador in the Arts category via public vote. Also in 2014 she started up and managed a local radio station Equity FM in her home town of Otjiwarongo. She is still regarded as one of Namibias Top female commercial Dj’s and has dj’d alongside South Africa’s Top female DJ’s the likes of Ms Cosmo from Channel O. Lischen has also assisted and worked alongside a Grammy Award winning sound engineer and producer Allen Sanderson in 2013 during the recording of one of Namibia’s top Rock bands Penilane.Lischen has also released two house singles as a dj of which one made it to International African Top 10 Charts.
CHE S ULENGA (Namibia)
Che Ulenga joined Katutura Community Radio in April 2006 with the stations youth show and since has grown amongst the nation’s most sought after radio personalities. She took the world of radio by storm, acting as a strong voice on Namibia’s most prominent radio stations breakfast shows and as a Master of Ceremonies (MC) at a string of Namibia’s most sophisticated events, both entertainment and corporate based. Since then she has continued gracing the stages of many other showcases by prominent and established Namibian artist, including being the host at events for major African artist, such as Jimmy Kane Roux (Zambia), Dama do Bling (Mozambique), Bleksem, Black Motion, Dr Malinga, Busiswa, Trompies & Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) and Paul G (Angola). Including special celebrations such as the 80th birthday celebration of the Founding Father of the Namibian nation in 2009 and since its inception – Chè has hosted international acts Eve, P-Square and Boyz II Men at the annual Windhoek Draught Live Concert including American RnB crooner – Trey Songz at the MTC Namibia 25th year Independence celebrations and the annual City of Windhoek Jazz Festival in 2015. A nominee of the Annual Namibian Music Awards in the Best Radio DJ category (2017) and most recently the Namibian representative at the 9th Advance Media Training Course hosted by the Egyptian Media Training Center in Cairo, Egypt in October 2017, with qualifications in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Cape Town (2016/2017), she continues to host corporate, entertainment and private functions and since 2012 daily welcomes the sunrise on 99FM’s breakfast show – The Ignition from 06H00 to 09H00 and then takes Namibian Music to greater heights with 99FM’s The Tribe on Friday’s from 19H00 to 20H00 sponsored by Castle Lite an initiative created by her to give growth to Namibian music beyond borders and beyond.
FREDDY TAYLOR – known as the Prince of Soul (Namibia)
Freddy Taylor has risen to fame after winning the NBC Music Makers Award in the 1990s, after which he joined the Cantare Audire Choir on their European tour. in 1995, Taylor became the first Namibian artist to sign with an international recording company in Germany. Freddy remixed ‘The Israelites’ from Desmond Dekker in Frankfurt. Taylor thereafter joined Mouvement Rapide, an acid-jazz band that grew popular in Germany and its neighbouring countries and later became the first acid-jazz band to perform at the Burghausen Jazz festival making him Namibia’s first artist to perform at this big annual event.
AXALI DOESEB (Namibia)
Axali is the composer of the Namibian National Anthem, a composer, full orchester and choir conductor, band master, music teacher and arts consultant.
NAMA DATE AND VENUE UPDATE:
- Saturday, 28th April 2018
- Possible town: Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay
- Announcement will be made before end of January 2018.
Scheduling and creative planning in process. Date not set at this stage, as is depending on concurrent process.
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