Namas 2015 Host Town to Be Announced On ‘Whatagwan’

THE much anticipated 2015 Namibia Annual Music Awards’ (NAMAs) host town and venue will be announced live on NBC TV on Friday, 30 January, on the popular music programme ‘Whatagwan’ at 16h30.

This was confirmed by NAMAs executive chairman, Tim Ekandjo, who said that the committee has satisfied itself with all elements of the two towns, Swakopmund and Ongwediva. Swakopmund offers the ultra-modern Swakopmund Indoor Sports Centre as the venue, while Ongwediva offers Namibia’s grand lady of exhibition venues, the Ongwediva International Trade Fair Centre.

In the meantime, Ekandjo has confirmed that the vetting process has successfully been concluded after a five day intensive process. The steering committee scrutinised entries received to check whether it fully complies with the NAMAs rules and regulations. “We are satisfied with the thoroughness of the work done by the steering committee that comprises independent industry experts.”

The categories with the most qualified entries are Best Single (89) followed by Best Newcomer (69), Best Collaboration (61), Best Music Video (47) and, surprisingly, the new category Best Song with a Message (45).

Other qualified entries are Best Afrikaans (8), Best Afro-Pop (43), Best Damara Punch (7), Best Gospel (35), Best GroupDuo (21), Best House (16), Best Kizomba (5), Best Kwaito (31), Best Oviritje (10), Best RampB (10), Best RapHip Hop (19), Best Rock (12), Best Reggae (3), Best Shambo (12), Best SoukousKwasa (9), Best Traditional (8), Best International Achiever (3) and Best Socially Responsible Artist (4).

The next step will be the judging phase which starts today. The outcome of the judging process will lead to the announcement of the nominees in each category.

Ekandjo said the SMS figures for the public voting categories have doubled by 100%. “Barely two weeks ago we had just over 3 000 SMSs, the count now stands at 7 822.

The Song Of The Year category continues in the most popular category, having received the highest of votes so far with over 2 569 votes followed by Most Disciplined Artists (1 229), Entertainment DJ of the Year (837), Most Popular Artist of the Year (756), Entertainment Journalist of the Year (704) and Best Live Performance (523). A total of 1 155 votes were spoiled because no keywords were indicated.

“We urge the voting public to ensure the correct keywords and names of the artist or songs are used, otherwise the SMS will go to waste,” said Ekandjo.

Source : The Namibian