Ethnix scoops first NAMA award

By Rosalia David

LOCAL R&B duo Ethnix consisting of Etjo Kangumine and Julius Hamwele scooped its first award at the 2020 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMA) which took place last weekend.

The duo won best R&B with their soul searching song titled ‘Composure’ from their first album named ‘MiN’.

In an interview with Confidente, Hamwele expressed gratitude for the win saying that their hardwork is finally paying off after being in the music industry for six years.

“This award means that a lot of work is paying off. We are finally getting the recognition we think we deserve, and it is quite humbling. We have been in the music business for six years and this is our first ever award from our first album. It feels really good to have been part of the NAMAs and nominated four times,” he said.

Now with one award under their belt, Hamwele said it is time to go back in the studio and release more music.

“This award means that we have to go back in studio and create new music for fresh projects. We have songs already on the side but we want to start off fresh, we are now more hungry to work extra hard,” he added.

On the same night, musical trio PDK scooped the song of the year award with 210 000 votes from the public for their song ‘Saka’ featuring Top Cheri, King Elegant and Athawise.

PDK competed against Adoraft Jayden, DJ Spuzzaft Chester, Don Kamati, Mega & Chakie, King Tee Dee and Y Cliff.

Meanwhile, rapper Cassidy Karon was crowned best hip hop artist winning the rap award for his song titled ‘Chains’ featuring female rapper Romi.

In the Best Pan African category, South African artist DJ Zinhle won for her hit song ‘Umlilo’.

DJ Zinhle was competing against Africa’s heavyweights such as Burna Boy, Davido, Skorpion Kings and Sho Madjozi.

This coming weekend, NAMAs will award four more categories namely Best Album of the Year, Best Male and Female Artist of the Year, and Artist of the Year.