10th NAMAs go virtual

07 August 2020 | Art and Entertainment

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK


The Namibian Annual Music Awards executive committee recently announced that the 10th NAMAs will be delivered online.



The event will take place over an eight full weekend period, starting from Saturday, 15 August, ending Saturday, 14 November.



The NAMAs will award four categories over a full weekend, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. All the mini shows will start at 16:00.



“All the nominees in the categories will have an opportunity to perform their nominated song, which unlike previous years, gives every nominee an opportunity to perform.



“We will then announce the winners of the music genres immediately after the shows and pay out prize monies to the winners.



“This year, we will also give every nominee a flat participation fee of N$3 000, taking into consideration that Covid-19 has resulted in a loss of income for so many artists. In addition, all proceeds from ticket sales will go to a Covid-19 relief fund in support of Namibian artists and the live music entertainment industry that has lost all its income during the pandemic restrictions,” executive chairperson Tim Ekandjo said.







Premium livestream concerts



The premium livestream concerts will be exclusively available to view to people who bought a ticket to the show. Tickets will be available online at Webtickets Namibia and nationwide at Pick n Pay stores.



“Once you've purchased a ticket, you will receive a message containing your secure unique login details to stream the show live. Your ticket gives you access to the live show and the ability to view the concert again within 48 hours. All of the concerts will be re-broadcast again to everyone else on NBC Television three days after the live concert,” a statement read.



“No guest will be allowed at the event except the sponsors, who will still have an opportunity to present their awards to the winners. The rest of the country can enjoy an exciting eight weekends of mini shows online at a very minimal fee,” Ekandjo said.



The public vote for best pan African artist of the year already closed in May, but the voting for the song of the year will continue until 14h00 on Saturday, 24 October.







The full NAMAs schedule:







Weekend 1:



Saturday, 15 August: Afro-pop and best collaboration







Weekend 2:



Saturday, 22 August: Best single and best traditional



Sunday, 23 August: Best gospel and lifetime achievement award







Weekend 3:



Saturday, 12 September: Best house and best producer



Sunday, 13 September: Best kwaito and best reggae







Weekend 4:



Saturday, 26 September: Best music video and best group/duo



Sunday, 27 September: Special award







Weekend 5:



Friday, 9 October: Best soukous kwasa and best Afrikaans



Saturday, 10 October: Best Damara punch and best Oviritje



Sunday, 11 October: Best rap/hip-hop and best R&B







Weekend 6:



Saturday, 24 October: Best pan African and song of the year



Sunday, 25 October: Best album of the year







Weekend 7:



Saturday, 7 November: Best male, best female and artist of the year



Sunday, 8 November: Best newcomer and artist of the decade







Weekend 8:



Saturday, 14 November: All-time fan favourite.

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