By Confidente Reporter
OLD Mutual has launched its third Namjams High School Bands Competition, with its Manager for Transformation and Communications, Ilke Akwenye, stressing the importance of such initiatives.
“As we continue to enable positive futures, we focus on our future leaders. Our aim through this initiative is to contribute to something that matters, big or small,” Akwenye said. “Allowing our students their freedom of expression, through song and words, the initiative helps to achieve balance in a participant’s school life, through enriching their mind, body and soul.” In 2015, Old Mutual launched the high school initiative, targeted at Grade 8 to 12 learners. Over the past two years, the focus of the competition was around environmental issues affecting Namibia. The theme in 2015 was ‘Eco song’, and in 2016 ‘Proudly Namibian’. This year, the participants are required to write a song around the theme ‘Poaching isn’t cool’ and stand a chance to win great prizes for their band, their school and a charity organisation of their choice. Last year’s winners, Anti Freeze, performed their song at the launch last week, and thanked Old Mutual for the opportunity they had been given. They were able to utilise their funds, won as part of the Namjams competition last year, to improve their band and school. They were also able to donate to a selected charity. The panel of judges this year include Monique English, who is the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) 2017 Female Artist of the Year, and Big Ben, who is the NAMAs 2016 Male Artist of the Year. They will select the overall winner with help from the public. The prize money for this year’s winners are aN$10 000 band first prize, a N$10 000 school first prize and N$10 000 for a charity chosen by the winning band. The second-placed band, school and charity will receive N$7 000 each, while the third-placed prize money is N$3 000 each for the band, school and charity. The competition is open to all high schools and interested pupils can find the application forms on Old Mutual’s Facebook page, titled Old Mutual Namibia, and at their respective schools countrywide. Each band is required to record a video of their performance, and submit it on the first floor of the Old Mutual Tower in Windhoek. The video should be marked for the attention of Tracy Garises, and should be submitted by 7 August. The grand finale for the competition will take place in September.
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