Seven NAMA nominations for Top Cheri

11 August 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Swakopmund • Adolf Kaure



Walvis Bay-based musician Monica Pinias, better known as Top Cheri, received the most nominations for the MTC 2019 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) taking place in Swakopmund on 7 September.

Top Cheri was nominated for seven categories, namely artist of the year, best female artist of the year, best newcomer, album of the year, best soukous/kwasa, for best collaboration and for best afro pop.

In a recent interview, Top Cheri expressed her delight at the ­nominations. “I'm excited and honoured to have been nominated in all these categories. Some other musicians who worked very hard throughout the year were not nominated,” she said.

Having released her debut album titled Fertile last year, Top Cheri attributed her success to hard work and perseverance.

The album features hits like “Danisa” and “Victoria”.

The artist, who is signed under Blvk Boxx Entertainment, urged all musicians who were not nominated to keep working hard and not to give up, saying this will be key to their future success.

Several other musicians from the Erongo region were nominated for NAMAs this year. They include Big Ben, Vaughn Ahrens, Allen Jonathon and Gerry Dread from Swakopmund, and O.Com and D-Jay who hail from Walvis Bay.

Big Ben was nominated for artist of the year, male artist of the year and best traditional, while Vaughn Ahrens got the nod for best newcomer of the year, best Afrikaans and best reggae. Allen Jonathon, previously known as Swart Baster, was nominated in the best soukous/kwasa and best afro pop categories. O.Com was nominated for artist of the year, best collaboration and best group/duo of the year while Gerry Dread and D-Jay received nominations for the best reggae and best kwaito categories respectively.

Early bird tickets for the awards are now available at the unbelievable discounted price of N$120 for general tickets and N$350 for VIP tickets. Tickets are available via Webtickets or at any Pick n Pay store.

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