PDK’s ‘Saka’ Wins Song Of The Year

It’s official, PDK’s song titled ‘Saka’ featuring Top Cheri, King Elegant and Athawise has been voted the Song of the Year, making it the biggest song according to the fans.

PDK however had to work their socks off as this category was hugely contested by the likes of Adora ft Jayden, DJ Spuzza ft Chester, Don Kamati, Mega & Chakie with their hit song Soek Soek, King Tee Dee and Y Cliff.

A new NAMA record was set with the votes for the Song of the Year totalling over 210,000 votes.

“We are very pleased with the manner in which the public took part to declare this year’s biggest song of the year,” said Tim Ekandjo.

Many will agree that the 7th NAMA mini premier show was perhaps the most exciting so far, producing world-class 14 back to back live performances from R&B, Rap/Hip Hop and the biggest songs of 2019/20.

Lize Ehlers painted the NAMA stage red to send a powerful message against Gender Based Violence and the presenters and artist brought their part to theme this series with countless messages against GBV.
Adora was sultry on stage as usual and delivered a well thought out performance with her song ‘Sim Di A’.

Newcomer Antany Knows who surprised many by winning the Best Afrikaans last weekend delivered a sleek phone call performance that will be remembered for a very long time. Alta Ouses did her part in announcing her arrival on the NAMA stage with her song ‘Believe in Love’ ft Dee Jay.

It was Cassidy Karon who walked away with his first solo award in the category of Best Rap Hip Hop with his song ‘Chains’ ft Romi to declare himself Namibia’s Best Rap/Hip Hop artist.

Ethnix was crowned Best R&B artist with their soul-searching soul titled ‘Composure’ after delivering a performance that deserves nothing than a standing ovation.

Lioness brought a different dimension to the stage with a well-choreographed performance to show why she is one of Rap/Hip Hops most lethal artist.

In the Best Pan African category, DJ Zinhle won her very first award with her hit song ‘Umlilo’ also in a category with Africa’s heavyweights with the likes of Burna Boy, Davido, Skorpion Kings and Sho Madjozi.

5 Shows you can binge from the beginning on Showmax

There’s no denying the thrill of starting a binge-worthy series – especially when you know you have loads of seasons to watch.

Fortunately, since Showmax has added shows you can watch on-demand, we are here to help you find some good shows you can watch from the first season.

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite begging-to-be-binge-watched shows on Showmax:

Power
Follow the story of ruthless drug dealer James St. Patrick who is looking to leave the criminal life behind to follow a more legitimate way of living. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, and the series follows his attempts to balance his two very different worlds. Power has six impressive seasons which can all be streamed on Showmax.

Suits
Two words: Harvey Specter. For nine glorious seasons you can follow the nail-biting drama as law-school dropout Mike Ross makes a name for himself at one of New York’s biggest law firms. Will his secret ever be revealed? Find out…

Binnelanders
If you’re looking for something local with a hint of Grey’s Anatomy, Afrikaans soapie Binnelanders has all the drama, love triangles, and heartache you could ever wish for – and then some! With 14 seasons available to binge, there’s never been a better time to discover some local content.

New Girl
For some light-hearted, goofy fun, why not give New Girl and its bounty of seven seasons a shot? Following a breakup and the need for a place to say, Jess responds to a roommate listing and ends up moving in with three guys – what could possibly go wrong?

The Real Househelps of Kawangware
It’s another Kenyan show that will keep you on the edge of your seat and entertained for hours. House-helpers Njambi, Trufena, Kalekye, and Awiti go through their daily routines and give viewers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at what it is that they do throughout the day. Bonus? There are 14 seasons.

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#LANDoftheBRAVEfilm Team Celebrates Narrative Feature Win at Silicon Valley African Film Festival

Namibian feature film, #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm just participated in its first international film festival and took home the best Narrative Feature award.

After the crime-thriller won the award at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival, the cast and crew shared their excitement saying that this is a great time for Namibian cinema.

The 11th edition of the annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival took place online from October 9 – 11, 2020.

Director Tim Huebschle said the win is huge honour and a boost of confidence, especially coming at a time when the world is turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The entire team behind the movie is beaming with joy and as you can imagine that is priceless in a time where we’re still navigating the uncertainty of a global pandemic,” Huebschle said.

Armas Shivute and Elize de Wee in #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm (#LANDoftheBRAVEfilm/CollectiveProductions)

Armas Shivute, who plays sidekick detective Shivute in the film, said being part of a film of its caliber was a notable experience in itself, adding that he was not surprised that the film won an international award because it was well written, produced, directed and appeals to everyone.

He adds Huebschle and producer David Benade put a massive team of professionals together to put flesh on the skeleton they sketched.

“I am excited for everyone who was part of the magic,” Shivute said.

Film editor Haiko Boldt said they had a lot of fun making the movie, which is reflected through the appreciation of others.

“I am looking forward to more magnificent Namibian films to come” Boldt said.

Reacting to the win, Pieter Greeff, who took on his first acting role as #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm‘s sadistic Piet Potgieter said the win is beyond his wildest expectations.

Pieter Greeff in #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm (LANDoftheBRAVEfilm/CollectiveProductions)

“It seems if you keep dreaming and work hard by putting yourself out there dreams do come true. I want to thank Tim Huebschle for giving this fresh green wannabe actor the opportunity and the role of a lifetime,” Greeff said.

Huebschle applauded Joel Haikali’s film Invisibles which won award for best Short Narrative at the same festival, saying that this shows “stories from our land matter to audiences around the world. It’s a great time for Namibian cinema.”

#LANDoftheBRAVEfilm premiered at Namibian cinemas in October 2019.

Theatrical Release of ‘The White Line’ Announced

After the initial theatrical release of award-winning Namibian feature film The White Line was halted earlier this year due to coronavirus restrictions, producers of the film announced its premiere in Windhoek cinemas on 13 November 2020.

The historical romance is set in 1963 soon after the 1959 Old Location uprising, and is directed by Desiree Kahikopo-Meiffret, written by Micheal Pulse starring Girley Charlene Jazama, Jan-Barend Scheepers, Sunet Van Wyk, Mervin Uahupirapi, Charl Botha, Muhindua Kaura, Vanessa Kamatoto, Joalette de Villiers, Hazel Hinda and Desmond Katamila, with an all Namibian crew.

Stills from The White Line starring Jan-Barend Scheepers, Mervin Uahupirapi and Sunet van Wyk. (TheWhiteLine/Opas Onucheyo)

The White Line had its international premiere at the 40th Durban International Film Festival in July 2019 and went on to screen at a host of international film festivals, including; Joburg Film Festival, Rwanda Film Festival, Hilton Arts Festival, Africa Venezuela Film Festival and New York African Diaspora International Film Festival, New African Film Festival in Washington DC and at the 9th Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt where it received a special jury mention for direction. In 2020, the film screened at Africlap African Film festival in Toulouse France and won the Kilimanjaro award for Best Feature Film. It was invited by the German-Namibian Society in Frankfurt to screen at their annual cultural event in the same year.

The film also won Best Script, Newcomer Director and the Audience Choice Award at the 2019 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards. At the 7th African Emerging Filmmakers Awards it won Best Feature Film and Best Cinematographer for Laurent Hesemans.

Girley Jazama, who plays the lead role of Sylvia, has been nominated for Best Actress of Southern Africa at the 2020 Sotigui Awards scheduled to take place later this year in Burkina Faso. She will also be competing for the Sotigui of the African Public award which requires the public to vote for her.

“The film would not have been possible without the generous support of the Namibia Film Commission. We would also like to thank Africa Development Solutions Group, Media Solutions, Mamokobo Video & Research, Air Namibia, Saw Media House, Paragon Advertising, Multichoice Namibia, Kaoko Travel & Tours, iWits and Van Der Merwe Greeff Andima Inc for their contribution,” said the filmmakers.

Ticket sales will be announced on The White Line social media pages as well as Ster-Kinekor Namibia’s social media pages. The film will premiere at Ster-Kinekor Grove Mall and Maerua Mall.