07 May 2014 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAY (NAMPA) Organisers of the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) have described the recent 2014 NAMAs ceremony as a great success.
The NAMAs were held on 02 and 03 May in Swakopmund.
NAMAs executive committee chairperson, Tim Ekandjo said during a media briefing in the capital on Wednesday the 2014 NAMAs were yet another classical celebration of Namibian music, and an event to be proud of.
I attribute the success of the year's NAMAs to a well-executed plan by a completely dedicated team all working towards a common goal, which was to ensure that we create an everlasting and memorable history that will be remembered for years to come in the Namibian music industry, he said proudly.
Ekandjo noted that the NAMAs Industry Awards which was held on Friday were streamed live, and was viewed by over 3 500 people around the world either from their mobile phones or tablet devices.
The main awards ceremony was aired live on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) television, and had over 8 500 streamers from among others Russia, Ukraine, the United States of America (USA), and South Africa.
This, he said, served as good exposure for Namibian artists, because live streaming allows anybody anywhere in the world to watch an event happening miles away.
We are also pleased with our decision to omit public votes from most of the categories because we are now re-emphasising quality as opposed to popularity, and we can confirm that there will be no changes to the rules and regulations for NAMAs 2015, except maybe for one or two new categories, Ekandjo stressed.
The only categories open to public voting were Song of the Year, Best Live Performance, Most Disciplined Artist, Most Popular Artist, Entertainment Journalist, and Entertainment Radio Disc Jockey (DJ) of the Year.
All the other categories were strictly voted for by a panel of judges on set and defined criteria.
He said the economics of the NAMAs hosted in Swakopmund was clearly visible with much activity in the township, retail outlets, hospitality industry, clothing shops, car rentals amongst others, noting that they are proud to have such a powerful brand like the NAMAs contribute in this manner.
Ekandjo further announced that the NAMAs have cemented a relationship with the Angolan Music Awards, which expressed the desire to learn from the NAMAs and vice versa, saying a Memorandum of Understanding will be finalised soon with regards to cooperation between the two parties.
The organising committee of the NAMAs have also taken note of the political sentiments expressed by some artists, and stressed that the NAMAs are and will remain a celebration of Namibian music irrespective of race, political, social, economic, religious or any other affiliation.
Ekandjo then expressed gratitude to the artists for being disciplined throughout the entire weekend, saying no incidences were reported and transport arrangements worked out well.