NAMA’s return to Windhoek
The Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMA) will be held in Windhoek this year after taking place in Swakopmund for the last two years.
This was announced at the NAMA nomination launch on Wednesday at NICE Restaurant, where the music industry and its partners came together to find out who got nominated as well as pledge their sponsorships towards the event.
Tim Ekandjo, Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer at MTC confirmed that the NAMA’s will be held in Windhoek but that the dates have changed to the 29 and 30 April 2016.
“The Industrial Awards taking place on 29 April will take place at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) and the main event on 30 April 2016 at Ramatex, in Windhoek’s Otjomuise Suburb,” he confirmed.
The nominees in the bigger categories are for Best Female Artist of the Year, Ann Singer, Chikune, Female Donkey, Freeda, Sanet Lambrechts and Treasure, in the Best Male Artist of the Year category are Big Ben, Exit, LMPC, The Dogg, Swart Baster and Valentino. The winners of these categories will each win N$100,000 and will receive a brand new car and will keep the vehicles permanently.
In the category Best Song of the Year, the nominations are Gazza with Oshimaliwa, The Dogg with Shuukifa Kwii, Oteya with Choma, Kalux with Ayeeko and Sally with Kukutika and in the category Best Album of the Year the nominees are; Ann Singer for Bulletproof, Big Ben for Back to the Basics, Chikune for In with the New, Exit for Black is Boss and Freeda for Chronicles. The winners of these categories will each receive N$50,000.
Tim also announced that besides NBC broadcasting the Awards live they will also broadcast it in HD and that MTC and NBC have signed a new 3 year contract to work together on the Awards.
“We would also like to thank all the sponsors and a total amount of N$2.3 million in cash and N$2.6 million in kind has been sponsored by corporates for the 2016 NAMA’s and MTC has invested N$5.7 million, which makes the total investment in this years Awards N$8.5 million,” he said.
“The NAMA’s exist to honour and celebrate the Namibian music industry and reward artist and the talented in the industry by acknowledging their contribution towards arts and culture in the country,” concluded Ekandjo.