The much anticipated 10th Namibian Annual Music Awards will soon kick off, but this time live and online. The event was initially scheduled to take place on the 2nd May 2020 at Swakopmund Dome but was indefinitely postponed due to COVID19.
“We are pleased to announce that the 10th Namibian Annual Music Awards will be delivered online. The event will take place over an 8 full weekend period starting from the Saturday, 15th August ending Saturday, 14th November 2020. We will award four categories over a full weekend, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. All the mini NAMA shows will start at 16h00.
All the nominees in the categories will have an opportunity to perform their nominated song which essentially unlike previous years gives every nominee an opportunity to perform this year. 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$3000 taking into consideration that COVID19 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 have lost all their income during the Pandemic restrictions.
The NAMA 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. To attend the NAMA Premium Livestream Concerts and to view it live as it happens online, on your mobile or on laptops, computers or Smart TV’s, you will have to purchase a ticket. Once you’ve purchased a ticket you will receive a message containing your secure unique logon details to stream the show live. Your ticket gives you access to the live show in addition the ability to view the NAMA concert again within 48 hours afterwards. All of the concerts will be re-broadcast again to everyone else, on NBC Television as well in 3 days after the live concert happened.
No guest will be allowed at the event except the sponsors who will still have an opportunity to present their awards to the winners, and the rest of the country can enjoy an exciting 8 weekend mini shows online at a very minimal fee that will be used to raise funds for the music industry as a relief package.
The public vote for Best Pan African Artist of the Year has already closed in May but the voting for the Song of the Year will continue till 14h00 Saturday, 24th October 2020. Throughout the weekends, we will allow the fans to vote for the 5 artist that they want to see perform again and the artist with the highest sms votes will perform on Sunday, 8th November in the All Fan Favourite slot to officially close the NAMAs 2020 and to bid farewell to this 10 year-long magnificent event that has transformed the Namibian music scene. We would sincerely like to thank all our co-sponsors being NACN, Air Namibia, Standard Bank, NDTC, Namibia Statistics Agency, NASCAM, Namibia Film Commission, Namibia Sports Commission, MTC Nestor Sunshine Promotions, Namibia Wildlife Resorts, NAMCOR, Mikel Jes, Windhoek Airport Transfer & Tours, Trip Travel, Simply You Magazine & Lifestyle Awards and MTC Windhoek Fashion Week for their generous support” said Tim Ekandjo (NAMA Executive Chairperson). The event is brought to you by MTC and NBC.
Herewith the full weekend NAMA schedule;
Sat, 29th August: Afrop Pop & Best Collaboration
Fri, 4th Sept: Best Single & Best Traditional
Sat, 5th Sept: Best Gospel & Lifetime Achievement Award
Fri, 11th Sept: Best House & Best Producer
Sat, 12th Sept: Best Kwaito & Best Reggae
Fri, 25th Sept: Best Music Video & Best Group/Duo
Sat, 26th Sept Special NAMA Award
Fri, 9th Oct: Best Soukous Kwasa & Best Afrikaans
Sat, 10th Oct: Best Damara Punch & Best Oviritje
Fri, 16th Oct: Best Hip/Hop & Best R&B
Sat, 17th Oct: Best Pan African Artist & Song of the Year
Fri, 23rd Oct: Best Album of the Year
Sat, 24th Oct: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist & Artist of the Year
Fri, 30th Oct: Best Newcomer & Artist of the Decade
Sat, 31st Oct: All Time Fan Favourite
Prize Monies: A total of N$1.2 million will be paid out in prize monies with the all categories receiving N$30,000 except for Best Album and Song of the Year each to receive N$50,000, Best Male and Best Female Artist receiving N$100,000, while the Artist of the Year will walk away with N$200,000. The Artist of the Decade will walk away with a cool N$150,000 and a one-year DSTV Explora subscription from Multichoice Namibia.