Members of the Namibian music industry got together on Saturday for the first ever Namibian Artist Workshop, where they expressed concern about the current state of the industry, and their aims of establishing the organisation Recording Industry of Namibia, which would create structure and policies within the industry.
One of the organisers of the workshop, Zoks Labushcagne, who was also a speaker, addressed artists, artist managers, radio personalities as well as members of the media.
He said the workshop came as a result of some members of the industry trying to bring the industry together and come up with a way forward.
“The South African and Nigerian industries are striving because artists work together. Hatred is destroying our industry and the end result is disaster.”
He urged artists to rewrite their destiny and take the industry into their own hands.
“It is a fact that the poorest celebrities in the world are in Namibia.”
Secretary General of the Swapo Youth League Elijah Ngurare also addressed members.
“The fact remains that if we have poor artists 22 years after independence, we have no one to blame but ourselves,” said Ngurare who further stated that every ministry should have a budget for entertainment and called on Namibian embassies to help the industry, by inviting artists to perform in their respective countries as this will also give the industry some much need international exposure.
Other speakers at the workshop included Nascam CEO John Max, who said there are currently 3900 artists registered with his organisation. He urged that policies and structures be put in place to make payments to artists easier.
Gawie Kayemba presented an industry analysis, showing a lack of sustainability and professionalism.
“You as artists need to come together and set some sort of standards for the industry,” he said.