Ongwediva loses the NAMAs to Swakopmund

SWAKOPMUND: The Namibian Music Awards (NAMAs) for this year will be hosted at the coastal town of Swakopmund.

NAMAs Executive Chairman, Tim Ekandjo revealed this during the official announcement of the awards at Swakopmund on Friday.

He thanked the northern town of Ongwediva for taking interest and biding to host the popular music show, but said unfortunately the host chose Swakopmund again.

The NAMAs are being hosted in Swakopmund for the second time in a row.

Ekandjo said one of the reasons Swakopmund was chosen is because of the coastal town’s ultra-modern Swakopmund Indoor Sports Centre, where the show will take place from 01 to 02 May.

“It was a tough decision. We also considered other factors such as the town’s ability to accommodate visitors during the event, as we all know Swakopmund is a holiday destination than can offer adequate accommodation,” he said.

On his part, Swakopmund Mayor Juuso Kambueshe said the aim is to promote the town as an event destination as it is already a holiday destination.

“We are the cleanest town in Namibia and on top of that offer the competent global entertainment infrastructure. So come to Swakopmund and let us all make it the international holiday resort,” said a proud Kambueshe.

This year, the NAMAs have received a staggering 835 entries compared to last year’s 564.

A total of 246 artists and 377 albums were entered.

The prize money for Best Male and Female Artist of the Year will double to N.dollars 100 000.

A total of 103 songs were entered in the Best Single category, while 100 newcomers entered for this year’s awards.

SOURCE: NAMPA