Music Awards entries confirmed

With the Namibia Music Awards (NAMA) slated for the first week in May, the judges will have their hands full to sift through the more than 400 entries that qualify for the awards. The cut-off date for entry submission was 05 December 2015. Entries had to be accompanied by the finalised recording of performance material.
A total number of 609 entries were received as entrants for eligibility for Namibia’s premier musical awards ceremony by the 2016 NAMA Steering Committee. Of these early submissions, a total of 199 were disqualified, leaving the remainder of 410 as duly qualified for further processing by the judging panel.
The major reason for disqualification related mostly to the material submitted. These are duplicate entries, failure to deliver the physical copies as part of the entry requirement, previous release material (old songs) converted into new songs via means of remixed version and re-submitted, songs entered into the wrong categories and songs that were not listed on the albums as stated in the entry submissions
The Steering Committee consisting of independent industry experts met behind closed doors for an entire week from 04 to 09 January 2016 to go through each and every entry to ensure it complies with the rules. For the whole week their duties were to ensure compliance with the adjudication rules. The panel had to review and verify adherence to the rules as indicated in the official rules and regulations for the NAMA.
Of the 410 qualifying entries, the most contested categories in terms of the number of vetted entries are, Best Single with 77 entries, Best Collaboration with 67 entries, Best Music Video with 46 entries, Best Afro-Pop with 31 entries, Best Rap with 24 entries and Best Gospel with 20 entries. The NAMA Executive Committee will in due course announce the names and identities of the judges whose task will be to listen to each of the 410 qualifying entries and judge them based on artistic ability, creativity, production and entertainment value.
The 2016 NAMA’s will take place on the 6 and 7 May 2016 and the venue will be announced in due course.