Setting the standard high

MTC held a pre-NAMAs press briefing in Windhoek earlier this week.

23 August 2019 | Art and Entertainment

The Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) committee on Tuesday disclosed details of what is to be expected at this year’s biggest night in Namibian music.
Speaking to journalists, NAMAs executive chairperson Tim Ekandjo mentioned that organisers have incorporated various elements to make the show more exciting this year. Ekandjo said that the committee is anxious but also very excited about this year’s event because they will be doing things never done at any award show in Africa.
“That is both scary and exciting.
“We have ever since the inception of the NAMAs improved the event both from a technical and overall delivery perspective but we are going to step it up even further this year,” said Ekandjo.
The theme is Glitz and Glamour/Urban Chic. The award show will have 13 performance slots, which in total will make up 36 performances. Ekandjo also revealed that this year all performances are going to be 100% live band. “It is always with passion and excitement, as we create a platform that our artists embrace and project to the world what Namibia has to offer.
“All performances will be done completely with a live band; five-piece band - drummer, music arranger, lead guitarist, co-music arranger, bass guitarist, main key and second keys, with two separate full backline set-ups,” Ekandjo shared.
On choreography, Ekandjo revealed that performing artists will not merely be aided by the band, but dancers will also be provided. Led by a young and experienced Namibian choreographer, the dancers are busy at work rehearsing and mastering the choreographies to ensure that a stellar performance is delivered cometh Saturday, 7 September. Out of the 123 dancers who came for auditions, 20 managed to make the final cut.
Another treat for artists to look forward to is the artists’ master class that will be held on Saturday, 7 September from 10:00 to 12:00. The master class will explore topics such as brand and business as an artist across the African continent as well as succeeding in the music industry. The panel at this session will be made up of the managing director of Sony Music Entertainment Sean Watson, Somoina Kimojino, Sammy Thuo, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Namibia’s own Axali Doeseb.
“This session is to give an opportunity to artists to meet, engage and discuss all things music and share ideas on how to optimise positive results out of their music careers. We thus strongly call on artists to attend this master class”, said Ekandjo.
Finally, this year the NAMAs will also allow non-music artists to showcase their artwork pieces and drawings on the blue carpet.

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