By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THE 2018 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) has received a staggering 812 entries from artists and producers, who are hopeful that they will a part of next year’s extravaganza.
Categories that were open for entry were Best Afrikaans, which received eight entries, Best Damara Punch (16), Best Oviritje (15), Best Soukous/Kwasa (25), Best Afro Pop (65), Best Gospel (38), Best Kwaito (34), Best R&B (36), Best Rap/Hip Hop (59), Best House (22), Best Reggae (38), Best Traditional (37), Best Collaboration (142), Best Single (115), Best Newcomer and Best Music Video (97), Song of the Year, Pan African Artist, Best Group and Best Producer (39) and Lifetime Achiever. The due date for entries was 2 December and one of the criteria was that the body of work had to have been produced and made commercially available between 1 December 2016 and 30 November 2017. “This is indeed remarkable and impressive, considering that we have tweaked the format of categories for the pending awards slightly differently, which included a drop in some of the categories,” said NAMAs executive chairperson Umbi Karuaihe-Upi.
The 2018 NAMAs is tentatively scheduled to take place on 28 April 2018, while the committee is still encouraging different town councils and municipalities to submit their bids to host the event. Although these are not the final entries as yet, what remains now is for the steering committee to meet and go through each and every entry, to ensure it complies with all the rules. The Steering committee consisting of independent industry experts, who are serving voluntarily, and have the duty is to ensure that they review and verify the adherence to qualification rules, as indicated in the rules and regulations for the NAMAs. No judging is conducted by the Steering Committee.
Only upon completion of this task by the steering committee, are the entries handed over to the judging panel, for scoring and adjudication.
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