The Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) call for 2018 is now open. This time around it has brought with it key changes.
In a press briefing with the media earlier this week newly appointed NAMAs Executive Chairperson Umbi Karuaihe- Upi announced that the NAMAs will only be hosted as a one main event only, due to the low interest of the Friday evening awards.
Karuaihe noted that eleven categories from the usually thirty five which range from Radio song of the year, NAMA special award, Best live performance, Best musical event, Entertainment journalist, Radio DJ, Most disciplined artist, Song with a message and Most Socially Responsible Artists of the year will be cut down.
“Kizomba and Shambo are among those be cut due to a low figure entry from musicians” she said.
The twenty four remaining categories include Afrikaans, Damara Punch, Oviritje, Soukous/Kwasa, Afro Pop, Gospel, Kwaito, R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, House, Reggae, Traditional, Collaboration, Single, Newcomer Music video, Song of the year, Pan African artist, Best album, Best group, Best producer, Lifetime achiever, Best male and female.
Namibian artists with music or albums commercially released and made for sale in any recognised retail trade in the country between the 1st December 2016 and 30 November 2017 are welcome to enter for the categories.
Karuaihe further highlighted that unlike previous years where the Best Producer of The Year category was a non-entry this time around it would be different as it will now be included within the NAMA 2018 entry categories.
“The vetting committee vetted producers based on the albums nominated purely from the best album of the year however now producers must enter into this category themselves to be considered for nominations” Karuaihe said.
In addition MTC Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo explained that the changes are being made to afford the NAMA team to focus more on the main event to make it more impactful adding on that the cut in categories are not permanent.
He further encouraged town councils and municipalities to submit their bids to host the country’s premier music event.
All Namibian artists with music or albums that have been commercially released in terms of being made available for sale in any recognized retail trade in Namibia from the 30 November 2017 and will close on 1st December 2017 are welcomed to enter by submitting their applications within the stated time frame.
The 2018 NAMAs is scheduled to take place on 28 April 2018. Applicant are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations that can be found on the official website www.nama.com.na before applying..