Organising NAMAs is not easy: Ekandjo

WINDHOEK: The organisers of the 2014 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) are disappointed by the low ticket sales in the Erongo Region for the event to be hosted in Swakopmund this weekend.

It is scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday at the new indoor sports centre, and is aimed at recognising Namibian artists in various music categories and genres.

“While the show is in the heart of the Erongo Region, we have more people from other towns outside the region buying NAMAs tickets, which is discouraging,” said Tim Ekandjo, NAMAs’ executive committee chairperson.

Ekandjo, on behalf of the main sponsors Mobile Telecommunications Limited, encouraged locals to go out and show their support and warm hospitality to visitors.

Security for the event has also been beefed-up, following invasions of the NAMAs stage during the past two events.

Friday night’s event will see 17 awards handed out, and is only open for sponsors, nominees and invited guests.

The main ‘blue carpet’ event will be held on Saturday, and various guests and judges, including international guests from the United States of America (USA), South Africa and Nigeria, are expected to attend.

“The NAMAs is certainly not an easy event to manage, but our main sponsors remain steadfast and committed to making a difference in the lives of our artists,” Ekandjo stated.