By Johannes Hangula
WITH applications rolling in after the public announcement on the call for entries for the Namibia Music Awards (NAMAs) 2017, the NAMAs information sharing sessions also kicked off with Windhoek hosting the first event last week.
Two other information sessions are scheduled to take place in Swakopmund on November 12 and in Ongwediva on November 19. The sessions will apprise artists with the NAMAs 2017 nitty-gritties that they must be aware of before they submit their applications.
This platforms grant artists that wish to enter the NAMAs 2017 an opportunity to ask questions for clarification on how and in what categories to enter. They will further explain the rules and regulations and also provide guidance or demonstration on how to enter the awards via online application.
Explaining the reason behind these sessions NAMAs committee member Tim Ekandjo said that they had experienced situations where some of the artists didn’t know exactly what was expected of them and the prerequisites of categories; therefore some applications were disqualified, hence, the committee decided to hold these information sessions to inform and enlighten the artists on the matter. Ekandjo urged artists to attend the events.
The sessions’ presentation provides artists with information regarding album qualifications, which states that; all recordings submitted for the Namibia Music Awards must have been commercially released (in other words first made available for sale by any recognised retail trade) in Namibia during the period 1st December 2015 to 30th November 2016, but those only commercially released during the entry period will qualify for entry on condition that written proof of release details for the entry period is submitted together with the fully completed entry.
The presentation further focuses on recap of the rules artists must consider during their applications process, which are; minimum of seven different tracks and not previously released tracks defines an album, old songs now remixed and previously entered will not be accepted, only maximum of two music genre categories can be entered into (however excludes nominations for Best Single, Most Socially Responsible Artist, Best Collaboration, Best Music Video, Best Song with Message and all the public voting categories
Artists will be further informed on non-album or singles entries requirements that only allow artists who do not have an albums to enter in the Best Single category.
The sessions will again inform the artists about the public voting categories that will be commencing in February next year. All the nominees in these categories will receive official graphics personalised respectively that will be used across all nominee social media and fan networks.
For more information one can visit the NAMA official website: www.nama. com.na, Facebook page: facebook.com/ namibianawards Twitter: twitter.com/ namibianawards or @namibianawards or Instagram: Instagram.com/namibianawards or @namibianawards.
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