January 31, 2015, 6:24pm
NAMA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES THE HOST TOWN FOR 2015 EDITION
The Executive Committee of the MTC/NBC Namibian Annual Music Awards has announced that the town of Swakopmund as the
next host for the 2015 Namibian Music Awards.
This is the second time that the coastal town of Swakopmund will host the event, following a resoundingly successful event last
Executive Committee member, Tim Ekandjo made the announcement from Swakopmund, this past Friday, 30th January – where
he also symbolically handed over a NAMA statuette in honour of the to the Swakopmund Residents through the Governor of
Erongo Region Cleophas Mutjavikua and Mayor Juuso Kambueshe to signifies the start of final preparations and productions
leading towards hosting of the event.
The NAMA will take place on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd May at the Swakopmund Sports Indoor Centre (SISC). It is the
largest gathering and celebration of Namibian music. Annually it attracts close to 5000 audience, over 600 000 thousand
television viewers nationally and nearly 10 000 internet streams through its digital media platforms.
Said Ekandjo, “notwithstanding, the painstaking work, logistical requirements and enormous amounts of buy –in that accepting
such an event brings with, Ekandjo said the bid offered and presented by the Swakopmund Municipality had allowed for an
evolutionary, soul searching introspection to consider handing over the reins to Swakopmund yet again, despite a fierce and
equally magnificent bid coming from Ongwediva, who was seeking to become their first time to host the glamorous event.
Ongwediva the other probable venue fell short of the technical requirement, especially at the venue, which according to the
Technical and Production Assessment Team, the triangular shaped roofing structure of the Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre
provided a hindrance in mounting heavy trussing of equipment.
The roofing was also short, thus making it extremely difficult for the production team to work with it. Another factor that played
in the hands of Swakopmund was the convenience of hospitality facilities with over 600 beds availability in the town, although
the number of beds could be found in the northern parts of the country it would mean that Ongwediva would have been reliant
on other nearby towns for bedding capacities. This considering production teams, artist and television work men, would mean
that being accommodated at least 20 kilometres apart was likely to put a strain on the production as crew and artist needed to be
occupied at one central venue for logistical purposes.
We are comfortable to state by far that Swakopmund will pull of an excellent job once again, said Ekandjo.