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Tim Ekandjo explains how the NAMAs work

Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs at MTC, Tim Ekandjo has clarified that the NAMAs are not a developmental awards and that the event makes a huge impact in Namibia’s music industry.

Speaking at the nominations reveal show at the National Theatre of Namibia Ekandjo explained that performances at the NAMAs main show are normally meant for excellent artists.

“There is always a complain by artists about why are we don’t give opportunities to upcoming artists and artists that are still in development stages. I hate to be one to break it to you, the NAMAs have a specific mandate and that mandate is to recognise excellence within the industry. It doesn’t say recognise excellence by upcoming artists. The harsh reality is that the NAMAs is unfortunately not a developmental platform,” said Ekandjo.

He also said the NAMAs is not only necessary to complete Namibian artists for all their musical achievements but the platform can be used to support and assist Namibian artists with issues such drug and alcohol abuse or issues related to their fame. “We have lost artist to drugs. It is time to compliment artist and we assist them cos not everyone can handle fame,” he said.

Ekandjo also pointed out that the majority of performances at the main show of the NAMAs that takes place on 07 September 2019 at Swakopmund, new artists will be given a chance to make a mark at the NAMAs stage. “We will have 32 performing artists on the Na, 82% of the artists will be new artists because they are nominated,” shared Ekandjo.

Ekandjo highlighted that out of hundreds of applications there were received by the NAMAs vetting committe

Of the hundreds of applications received by the NAMAs vetting committee only 64 nominees will be battling it out at Swakopmund’s Dome. Only 24 winners will be walking away with awards on the 07 September 2019.

For NAMA 2019, MTC invested N$7.8 million while the NBC injected N$6 million.

Shona Ngavahttps://unwrap.online
Shona Ngava is a music journalist, educator, and blogger who aims to share more insight on how music impacts the average listener. He has worked previously for the Namibian Sun as a journalist and has done countless reviews of many albums and singles focusing specifically on the Namibian music scene. He is the host of the only show on radio that is dedicated to album reviews and music critiquing in Namibia. He works at the community radio station of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) called NUST FM. He is currently the Programming and Music Director the radio station and is responsible finding the right music for the station and audio and radio production at NUST FM. Shona Ngava has 5 years experience within the print and broadcasting industries and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communications Technology. He is passionate about the entertainment industry and elevating and taking it to better heights. He believes in equal treatment of artists and making sure their stories are told all the time every time hence he is a contributor for unwrap.online. Besides Journalism, Shona Ngava's other interests lie in artist management, social media marketing and talent management and brand management.


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