By Johannes Hangula
WITH a massive response from local artists that polled close to 802 entries for the seventh Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) slated for May. The entries which were open to all music professionals commenced on October 15 2016 and closed on December 02 2016.
The NAMAs 2017 entries exceeded last year’s entries with 203 which were 599. The organising committee was hard at work over the festive season to tally and load them on the electronic system, as the awards vetting committee is now expected to commence with the compliance process for the judging phase.
A total of 24 categories were open for entry; the Best Collaboration category received the highest number of entries with 120 entries, followed by the Best Single category which raked in 92 entries, in distant third it was Best Song with a message category with 75 entries, whilst Best Music Video has 68 entries and Best Gospel 63 categories. The categories with the least number of entries are Best Afrikaans and Best Entertainment Journalist of the Year with five entries each, followed by Best Damara Punch, Best Oviritje and Best Acappella with seven entries, whilst Most Socially Responsible Artist has eight entries.
MTC corporate communications officer and member of the NAMAs organising committee John Ekongo said they were delighted at the response from the artists.
“We have always maintained that the NAMA is about rewarding and appreciating the artists for their contribution they are making and continue doing for the benefit of our national space,” said Ekongo.
The vetting committee consists of independent experts drawn from the music industry and further drawn from various music labels, production houses, broadcaster and the music media landscape.
The next phase of the build-up activities for the 2017 edition of NAMAs will commence in a few weeks with the adjudication process and nominees’ selection before the main event in May. The event date is yet to be announced.
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