12 Jan 2015 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JAN (NAMPA) The Namibia Music Awards (NAMAs) has grown in leaps and bounds, with almost twice the number of entries received for this year's edition of the prestigious music awards compared to last year.
Over 835 entries has been received for the 2015 NAMAs edition compared to last year's 564 entries received during 2014.
The Executive Chairman of the NAMAs, Tim Ekandjo, said the increase in entries spells good prospects for the annual awards.
This year we have received 271 more entries than what we received in 2014 and this bears testimony of the confidence the artist have in the professionalism, transparency and fairness of the NAMAs, said Ekandjo in a media statement availed to Nampa.
A total of 246 artists entered in the different available categories, while a total number of 377 albums were entered.
Exactly 4 years ago when we announced that all entries must now be on an album, we had a lot of resistance and scepticism that this rule will lower the number of participants. But the figure of 377 albums bears testimony that the music industry has been very busy and that the NAMAs have encouraged album release he added.
Ekandjo further stated that a total number of 103 single albums were entered competing for Best Single category, while a total of 100 newcomers entered for this year's wards. This figures are encouraging, and reassures the entire NAMAs organising team to work even smarter to make this platform with while for our artists, Ekandjo has said.
The NAMAs boss added that the seven public voting categories are still open for public voting, and the judging committee has received a total of 3507 votes through SMSes so far, with the Song of the Year leading with the most votes followed by the Entertainment Journalist of the Year and Most Disciplined Artist. Other catergories are Most Popular Artist, Entertainment DJ of the Year, Best Live Performance, and Best Musical Event.
The public can still vote until March.
Celebrating its 5th anniversary, Namibia largest musical awards has announced a 100% increase in the lucrative prize for Best Male and Female Artist of the Year to N.dollars 100 000 each, whilst a possible 50% increase remains on the organisers to do list for the other category prizes.
The NAMAs will take place on the 01 and 02 May this year. The town and venue for the event will be announced soon.