NAMIU calls for NAMA executive to step down
However the Namibia Music Industry Union (NAMIU) also expressed their disappointment at the weekend’s music awards and held their own press conference. “Awarding the tender to organise the event and supply of technical equipment to a foreign company while we have capable technicians who could as well do the job is an insult to our intelligence. We condemn this approach in the strongest terms and demand that the 2014 NAMA event be organised by a local management company” said General Secretary of NAMIU, Joseph Gabriel.
Ekandjo confirmed in his statement that South African company Rockstar 4000 was awarded the tender after the Namibian companies failed to apply for the tender. “Only one company’s application came forth and they did not have the right technical equipment”.
Not only was the numerous technical glitches, several presenters could not properly read their cues and one representative was visibly drunk on stage.
Gabriel also said the union called for Tim Ekandjo to step down as NAMA Executive Chair and also expressed concern that members of the union felt that they had been unfairly treated when it came to choosing who participated in which category. “The non-involvement of our members resulted in the event organizers misplacing songs, we call on the organizers to bring back the consultation sessions to allow musicians to contribute and respect the views of our members”.