New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Namas Judges, Steering Committee Workshop

Windhoek — The Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAS) has stepped into gear, with the commencement of an information session workshop for members of the steering committee and the Judges when they were taken through their paces - separately, with the sole intention of outlining and informing the steering committee about their roles, responsibilities and outlining the vetting process to them.

In terms of the NAMAS Rules and Regulations the steering committee, is responsible to check whether all entries complies to the rules and regulations of the NAMAs, by making sure that the artist is a Namibian, artists have a valid album as defined by the rules (Nama Rules stipulate an album is defined as having seven tracks or more), see to it that the album complies to the eligible entry dates and lastly see if the any song entered in the Awards has been entered in to the correct category.

Whilst the judges responsibility is merely to score the qualifying entries in accordance with the scoring measures as set by the NAMA's.

But for now the daunting but challenging task ahead will require that the steering committee members to physically listen to all entries submitted. "We expect the steering put in ardent and long hours of a very due diligence processes, in order to come out with the qualify entries - that will be forwarded to the judges attention for the judging process" says Executive Committee member Tim Ekandjo.

Ekandjo appreciated the work done by the 2012 Steering committee, "notwithstanding, they did an extra ordinary job and went an extra mile to make the Awards a resounding success.

"We are comfortable that the current steering committee will continue with the good work and we will continue to audit every step of the process said Ekandjo.

The steering committee members are; John Max Eino (NASCAM), Knowledge Iipinge (Mshasho Records), Maria Immanuel (Rockas Investments), Kelly Thompson (Red Sand Music), Peter Karox (Paradox) Josef Gabriel (Ndilimani), George Simataa (Supreme Records & New Makes Media Group), Abel Kandjii (Upambians), Gebhardt Makono (Ongoronomundu), Arrafat (Tripple Seven Studios), Tafanji (Radio Energy), Dennis Eiseb, DJ Cheeze (061 Music), Naomi Nekwaya (Izinyoka), Antonio (Done Deal Records), Solani Glo Zulu (Omalaeti) and Alex (Aziza Entertainment).

The NAMA's exist to recognize accomplishment in the Namibian recording industry by celebrating those groups and individuals who have excelled in the past year. It is a partnership between MTC and NBC as the Broadcast partner.

Over 882 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 3rd edition of the prestigious Awards, the 2013 NAMAS' entries have been the most received so far since the inception of the NAMAS in 2011, according to Tim Ekandjo, Chief Human Capital & Corporate Affairs Officer at Mobile Telecommunications (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 figures, it goes to show that the information session we undertook had met its objectives". Compared to 2011 we received 588 entries were received and in 2012 entries received were 720 in 2012.

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

This is a clear indication that the NAMAS 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 on wards, 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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