Namibian Annual Music Awards go virtual

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Tiri Masawi

Windhoek - The 10th Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) will be virtually hosted over an extended broadcasting schedule spread over several weeks as organisers adapt to a changed business environment brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The awards were scheduled to take place on May 2, 2020 at the Swakopmund Dome but were indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic.

NAMAs executive chairperson Tim Ekandjo this week said, “The event will take place over an eight-full weekend period starting from 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.”

He went on: “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, every nominee will get a flat fee of N$3,000 (about US$200) in acknowledgement of the fact that the new coronavirus-induced lockdown has eroded artistes’ incomes.

The NAMA Premium Livestream Concerts will be exclusively available to view to people who bought a ticket to the show. 

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to a COVID-19 relief fund to support Namibian artistes.

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