In the past three to four years it has always been a battle between Winky D
and Jah Prayzah
at the NAMA's and other awards platforms.
The trend continued away from the awards shows as the two would battle to get the most shows and dominate the airwaves with their easy sing along jams.
However, in 2018 things changed.
New kid on the block, Enzo Ishall
popped up and eclipsed the two aforementioned acts with hits such as “Kanjiva” and “Smart Inotangira Kutsoka”.
But, there was another guy who had always been consistent even in the days when Jah and Winky dominated the danza. His name is ExQ.
He is the dark horse of this generation regards to music.
On Saturday evening he walked away with two NAMA gongs for Outstanding Male Artist and Album of the year.
2018 was a good year for the father of two as he was on high rotation across all radio stations, with Enzo being the most likely act to match the amount of airplay ExQ enjoyed.
Already he is booked at most of the big gigs so far in 2019 more than Winky and Jah.
After bagging five gongs at the inaugural Star FM Music Awards held back in February and his achievements on Saturday, which by the way were his first NAMA rewards, he is indeed the new man of the moment.
Unfortunately like most big shots, ExQ did not attend the awards.
We not sure if it was a coincidence or what but one can actually conclude that most acts snubbed the event.
Macheso sent representatives, so was the case with Winky D who sent his manager, whilst Jah Prayzah and his management did not show up despite having their video nominated and winning on the night.
It appears artists no longer view the awards as a credible platform worth giving attention to. They would rather chill at home with their families as was the case with ExQ than “waste time" at a dull event as was the case on Saturday evening.