The Namibian (Windhoek)

7 February 2013

Namibia: Nama Entries Records a New High

Over 880 entries have been received from a staggering 245 Namibian artists and groups all over the country for the 2013 NAMAs.

Since announcing the call of entries on December 10, 2012 by the Namibia Annual Awards Executive Committee for the third edition of the prestigious Awards, the 2013 NAMA entries have been the most received so far since its inception as the NAMAs in 2011, according to Tim Ekandjo, Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer at MTC and Executive Officer of the 2013 Namibia Annual Music Awards 2013.

"We are overwhelmed by this year's response, and it shows that the event is just growing bigger and bigger," said Ekandjo. The number of entries received this year totals 856 and participation is drawn from all the regions.

"We are very positive about the outcome of this year's figures, it goes to show that the information session we undertook had met its objectives." Compared to 2011, we received 588 entries and in 2012 entries received were 720.

"And now we stand at 856, which is a huge increase of nearly 40 percent since the NAMAs were launched in 2011."

This is a clear indication that the NAMA platform has encouraged more artists to release albums. Competition will definitely be tough this year because it is clear that the quality of the entries have improved. What is easily notable is that most artists complied with the rules and the Steering Committee will commence with the vetting in due course before the judges start with their duty.

"From this point onwards, the steering committee made up of representatives of the different music labels will now have the challenging task of vetting the entries. We expect this process to finish in the next weeks to come."

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