The Namibian (Windhoek)

4 January 2013

Namibia: The Dogg's Kora Triumph Ends 2012 in Style for NAM Music

Kwaito artist Martin Morocky popularly known as The Dogg became the first Namibian to win a Kora Award for his song, 'The Deception'.

The Dogg who was nominated in the Best Southern African Male category walked away with the award which comes with prize money of US25 000 (about N$200 000). The awards which are nicknamed 'The African Grammys' took place in Abijan, Ivory Coast on Sunday evening.

It followed a particularly productive 2012 for Namibian musos on the international stage.

In November, Germany-based Namibian kwaito artist Ees stunned a lineup of South African heavyweights to walk away with the Best Gifted Kwaito video at the Channel O Music Video Awards. Ees was up against former TKZee member Kabelo featuring Professor, Big Nuz, and fellow country man The Dogg with the video for his song 'Tromentos' which features Brickz.

Namibia's premier live act, Elemotho in October won first prize at the RFI 24 Discovery Music Awards in Paris, France. He was chosen from more than 500 entries across Africa and the Indian Ocean.

The Dogg, who was unable to attend the Kora awards, said he was very happy to have won the award. "I feel great, this is the biggest award that I have won in my career and it is not just a win for me but for the whole of Namibia, because this is the first time a Namibian has won a Kora award." he said.

The Kora Awards were supposed to take place on Saturday December 29, but were postponed to the next day because of rains and the delayed delivery of musical equipment. It is also said that they did not happen on the planned date because of the late arrival of American R&B singer Chris Brown.

It is reported that R&B star Brown landed in Abidjan, the Ivorian economic capital with his on-again-off-again girlfriend Rihanna, who hails from Barbados, by his side.

Past Kora ceremonies have been attended by South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela and the late 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson.

The Awards were widely criticised for high ticket prices with people having to pay up to US$2 000 to attend, which resulted in the event being poorly attended.

The Dogg will be celebrating his win with a performance in the town of Nkurenkuru in the Kavango region on Saturday, January 5. "I decided to have the celebration party there because I have never been there before and I want to go deep and perform for people who have not seen me perform before," he said.

The Dogg said even though he will be very busy, he is looking forward to the new year. He confirmed the completion of his book which he plans to release with his new album on Independence Day.

The Dogg's last album 'The Deception' was released back in 2011. The new album will be his eighth studio album and will be entitled 'Live or Die Out: I will be the last man standing'.

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