The 2016 Namibian Annual Music Awards is set to expose Namibian artist to a record 300 million viewers across Africa and the world.
The NAMAs 2016 is here, making a welcome return to the city of Windhoek after 2 years in Swakopmund. We welcome the NAMAs back in the city where it all started in 2011, and we are ready to quench the thirst of the entertainment industry by producing a stellar show.
NAMA Executive Chairman Tim Ekandjo explains that the NAMA audience has so much to look forward to this year. To ensure a truly explosive 6th edition of #NAMA2016, the Namibian Annual Music Awards 2016 will be ignited by a myriad of pyrotechnics during the main show including flame guns, flame explosions, confetti guns, pyrotechnic jet sparks and fountains that will amaze our audience and make our artist feel like the diamonds we want them to be.
#NAMA2016 will feature once again one of the biggest rigs in NAMA history, measuring over 50m wide by 10m high, backed with a giant high resolution specially imported projection surfaces and 3 high resolution high lumens projectors, a further 2 high impact projectors to map a feature set piece supported by a further 3 high lumens projectors for additional projection surfaces.
To power the show, a few thousand kilometers of cable have been laid down. Over 500-flight case boxes have been used to transport equipment such as show lights, electronic desks, lights, cameras and tripods. A full state of the art HD OB Van and Satellite Uplink Facilities are set up with over 10 HD cameras are used to shoot the show with a myriad of TV screens having been installed backstage, on the Blue Carpet and Across dressing room areas. For the first time, the NAMAs will be broadcast in High Definition to give our TV audience across the world the same quality broadcast experience they would get from any international award show in the world.
A production crew of over 300 people worked behind the scenes to bring the entire production together, made up 90 percent from Namibia’s best and the balance from the best specialists in live music awards production entertainment from South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Angola, Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
Friday, Industry Awards —By Invitation Only
Blue Carpet/Fashion Cafe Live On-Air — 19:30 to 20:15 (45 mins)
Highlights Package Live On-Air — 20:15 to 20:30 (15 mins)
Friday Industry Awards Live On-Air — 20:30 to 22:30 (2 hours)
Saturday, Mainstream Awards —
Blue Carpet/Fashion Cafe Live On-Air — 18:30 to 19:30 (1 hour
Highlights Package Live On-Air — 19:30 to 20:00 (30 mins)
Saturday Mainstream Awards Live On-Air — 20:00 to 23:00 (3 hours)
Both the Friday Industry Awards and the main show will be streamed live across the world taking the NAMAs to the footsteps of any interested viewer in the world. “After 5 years of hosting the awards, we now want to market the NAMAs across Africa and the world to give our artist the much needed exposure, but also to expose Namibia as a tourist destination to the rest of the world, said Ekandjo.
Audience around the world can watch both the Friday and Saturday Blue Carpet Shows and The 2016 Namibian Annual Music Award Ceremonies live via live stream by logging onto the MTC Website or the NBC website as well as on your cellphone on which is compatible on all types of devices online and the web through any internet enabled device, computer, tablet or mobile phone handset.
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· A more formalized blue carpet this year
· 6 Blue Carpet Hosts this year with 3 Namibian presenters and 3 International Music Entertainment Industry Experts hosting
· 1st Ever addition of a Fashion Music Lounge on the Blue Carpet with 2 separate hosts
· 1st ever addition of live performances on the Blue Carpet
· Filmed Blue Carpet for 90 minutes for both the Friday and Saturday Shows
· Pan African and International live and pre-recorded Broadcasts of the Blue Carpet Shows and global live streaming to an audience of over 300 million TV viewers and thousands of mobile phone viewers
Audience can expect a jam packed entertaining show this year with over 32 performances scheduled for the Friday show and over 35 performances scheduled for the Saturday show, the most we have ever had so far. For the first time we have a NAMA In-house Live band that will play over 60% of the show with live band to give the audience a well- deserved experience.
Gal Level, Tequila, Matongo Family and Ras Sheehama will make welcome returns to the NAMA stage with memorable performances to look out for, while newcomers like LMPC, Young T, Ann Singer and many more prepared for their debut performances. The NAMA stage will for the first time welcome Pan African artist to our stage with performances by AKA and Roberto set to thrill audience.
The Best Male and Female Artist will not only walk away with N$100,000 each, but will also for the first time in NAMA history drive away with a brand new 1.6 engine Toyota Prestige worth N$290,000 totalling their prize money to a whopping N$390,000. These artists will become the proud owners of these cars courtesy of the NAMAs. “This is a positive step towards empowering our artist to own a useful asset that will assist them in growing their business”, said Ekandjo.
This year the NAMAs will be broadcast on NBC TV, Trace TV, SoundCity, EATV, SABC 1 and the rest of the world via live stream in addition to syndicated media coverage from leading media across Namibia, Pan Africa, the USA and Europe.
Most Socially Responsible Artist of the Year:
Lize Ehlers, D Naff and Eez
Most Disciplined Artist of the Year:
Satlam, D Naff, Sunny Boy, Lize Ehlers and Paradox
Best Producer:
Araffath, Martin Morocky, Ben Kandurika, Lucas Osidiana and Richard Goagoseb
Camera Restrictions:
Media that would like to film video at the awards, will need to make an official request to John should they wish to do so, as no video cameras will be allowed and security will unfortunately restrict anyone with a video camera, due to only video cameras and filming being allowed to the Official Broadcast Partners — NBC, SoundCity, TraceTV, EATV
Flash Cameras will only be allowed on the Blue Carpet area, no flash cameras will be allowed in the main show arena due to the fact that we are filming for broadcast and a camera flash will detract and interfere with our broadcast. Should any flash photography be noticed in the main arena, then unfortunately security will be removing the camera from the related individual and return the camera to its owner only after the event.
Media Walk Through:
Media Walk Through will take place at Ramatex at 13:00 (1pm), tomorrow Thursday 28th April, thereafter we will proceed to NTN for a Media Walkthrough at NTN Theatre for the Industry Awards. We therefore kindly ask the media to roam within the designated media areas.
Media Accreditation:
There are two types of media accreditation, one granting access to photography and filming at the blue carpet area only, and the other granting access for coverage of the main show arena as well. Pease ensure access requests are made to John and cleared with John in advance. All media accreditation will be issued to media between today and the media walkthrough at the venues.
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