During the 2019 NAMA prize handover ceremony held today at Nbc studios in Windhoek, MTC has announced that it will bid farewell to the Namibian Annual Music Awards project after the conclusion of the 10th NAMAs in 2020.
The NAMAs is scheduled to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020 and has over the last 9 years grown to become the best national music awards ceremony on the African continent.
This announcement was made by Tim Ekandjo, MTC’s Chief Human Capital & Corporate Affairs Officer and Chairperson of the NAMAs at the ceremony (NAMA prize handover) that also served as the official Call for Entries for the 10th NAMAs.
“We wish to assure the music industry that this was not an easy decision to take, but after 10 years of making a concrete contribution, we feel it is time to move on and give somebody else the opportunity to take this project to the next level. The fact that we are ending this project does not necessarily mean that we have lost interest in the music industry. We remain proud of the brand we have built, a credible and entertaining brand second to none on the African continent, and one that would be easy to maintain in terms of its momentum. We would like to thank the NBC, all our partners, Rockstar Namibia and everybody that supported us for the last 9 years. Working with all Namibian artists on this project has been an experience of a lifetime and they made this project one that will always go down as one of the best in our memory lane. Our task is now to deliver the last and unforgettable 10th NAMAs in 2020 and we are ready to do so and thus inviting all eligible artists to submit their entries” said Ekandjo.
At this announcement, MTC and NBC also officially opened Call for Entries for the 10th NAMAs scheduled for the 2nd May 2020. Eligible artists can now enter themselves into the 10th NAMAs as from the 4th November 2019 and the closing date for entries is the 13th December 2019. No entries will be accepted after this deadline and no extensions will be granted. Only artists who commercially released albums between 1st December 2018 and 30th November 2019 will be eligible for entry. Ekandjo confirmed that no rule changes have been made for the 10th NAMAs except for that a new category titled “Artist of the Decade” has been added. “Seeing that this is MTC’s last NAMAs, we wish to celebrate that one artist of the decade which by definition is the artist that has won the most NAMA accolades collectively over the NAMA 10-year period.” explained Ekandjo. The Artist of the year category will have a prize money of N$100 000.
The ceremony was also used to award the 9th Namibian Annual Music Award winners that saw Lize- Ehlers walk away with Best House, Best Female Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year with a whopping N$280,000 cash and a N$30,000 7-day trip for two to Thailand-Phuket, followed by Exit who walked away with Best Male Artist and Best Kwaito (N$130,000) and Top Cherries (N$80,000). Ekandjo confirmed that all prize monies for the 2019 NAMAs have been paid.
“We would like to thank all our partners, past and present who believed in this project from day one, starting with the founding partners; J&P, Castle Lager, Coca Cola, Hyundai, Air Namibia and Namdeb. Followed by the partners that came onboard from year 2 till present; NDTC, Metropolitan, J&P Group, NWR, Coca Cola, Nascam, Nam Film Commission, Nam Statistics Agency, Standard Bank, NACN, Trip Travel and our biggest partner Namibia Breweries (Tafel Lager), we know that they will all join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the NAMAs. We also want to thank our two international broadcast partners, TraceTV and Soundcity for taking the NAMA brand to the rest of Africa to over 48 million viewers.”