29 Jan 2018 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JAN (NAMPA) Public voting for the top five shortlisted songs in the My Namibia song competition was launched here on Monday.
A panel of independent judges shortlisted the five songs, which are now open for voting by the public for one month.
The songs will be played on all Namibian Broadcasting Cooperation radio and television channels.
Public votes will account for 50 per cent of votes, while the judges make up the other 50 per cent, said organisers during the launch.
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), as the custodian of the Nationhood and National Pride Campaign, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, launched the competition last August with the aim to boost national identity, pride and nation-building.
A total of 141 songs were received from all 14 regions of the country.
Speaking at the launch of the public voting, ICT minister Tjekero Tweya thanked all those who participated in the competition, saying that the shortlisting of the top five songs was on very strict terms of reference regardless of the number of songs received.
Tweya said it was not an easy task for the judges but they did a great job.
The five songs have been given unique short codes and people just need to send the code of their favourite song to 33033.
You SMS (text) whether it is MN 1,2,3,4 or 5; then you would have done your patriotic job, noted Tweya.
Text messages are charged N.dollars 3.
The songs should be judged according to their lyrics and message.
Tweya added that the winning song will be fine-tuned by professionals.
The winner of the competition will be awarded N.dollars 50 000 and royalties.