Gospel spectacular slated for October
With just days before the first-ever Namibian Gospel Music Awards (NGOMA) is held in Windhoek on Saturday, 1 October, the organizer of the award show, Silas Nghishihange, is happy with the way preparations are going.
“Since the official launch of NGOMA, all gospel music fans, followers and the entire Christian family have been celebrating the news. They have been highly expecting and looking forward to the first national gospel music awards in Namibia,” Nghishihange said.
“Those who got the news about the initiative have been calling to appreciate these awards and expressing their joy and excitement about the entire thing. Since they heard that the award giving ceremony is in October, we haven’t stopped receiving calls day and night.
The Namibian nation is very excited which is evident on the NGOMA page on Facebook which has been joined by more than 7000 people, and many Christian churches and their wider communities in Namibia have acknowledged the initiative, showing that people are really interested,” he said cheerfully.
Nghishihange said the idea to host the awards stemmed from the need to expose the talent and scope of gospel music in Namibia.
He said gospel could be the dominating form of music in a country with 90 percent of its people declaring membership in Christian churches.
“One thing we have learned is that the gospel scene has grown over the years and we have seen more artists coming up and more people starting to listen and appreciate local gospel music. In this, we need to motivate the gospel singer to keep up the great work they are doing, and the NGOMA can do that,” he said.
Speaking on why the award show is only being held now after it was launched in 2014, and why the organizers chose to host the event in Katutura, Nghishihange said they had to put the show on hold after its initiator, Pastor Pieter Nganga, passed away.
Silas believes that the show will be well-attended (even though it will be held in an informal settlement) because more than 50 percent of Windhoek’s population lives in and around Katutura.
He expects more than 2000 people to attend the event.
Gospel artists will be vying to come out on top in the categories for the best male gospel artist of the year, best female gospel artist of the year, best gospel song of the year, best gospel single, best gospel video, best gospel rap, best gospel newcomer, best gospel praising song and the best gospel common song.
The winner in each category will win a trophy, a certificate and a cash prize (which is yet to be announced.)
The NGOMA organizing committee is currently in talks with nbc to have the show recorded for future broadcast.
A friendly mobilization march will precede the award ceremony and is planned to take place on the morning of the event from the Soweto Open market to the Independence Arena beginning at 09h00.
The promotional march will be held under the theme Create a Healthy Nation.
Organizers also promise that the red carpet event will not only feature famous and untapped talent, but an outstanding stage display. A professional sound and stage set up will be provided by ConsoAV.
“Rehearsals for the live performances have started and are going smoothly; we will have tight security through the services of the Windhoek City Police and have a great line up of performances with artists such as Forward we go, Adoration, Young T and many others,” said a representative from the Namibia Gospel Music Association.
Gospel hip-hop artist Dee A, who has been nominated for the best gospel rap and best male gospel artist of the year, expressed his excitement about the upcoming awards show.
“First of all I feel good about being nominated, it’s a great opportunity and being nominated in the first-ever Namibia Gospel Music Awards is an honour as it shows that what I am doing is valued, relevant and has a positive impact on the community.
“On the night I am hoping to see justice being done to the nominees who worked hard and put passion into their music, I look forward to seeing the glory of God from the performances to the giving of awards to the winners,” he said.
Another best gospel rap nominee, Duncan Raj, was optimistic that he will be the one that takes home the award. Organisers hope that the awards show will become an annual event. Tickets to the award show are currently on sale at Mono Music Shop in Wanaheda for NS100. Fans can vote for their favourite artists by sending a text to NGOMA, state the category name and then the artist’s name to 3030.
Voting lines are open until 1 October 2016. Go to their Facebook page for further event details.