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Entry for NAMAs 2013 open from Monday
The Third MTC Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) will see a new category added to its list of 25 categories – ‘Radio Song of the Year’.
Member of the NAMAs Executive Committee, Tim Ekandjo from Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), made the announcement during an information session for the 2013 NAMAs with Khomas Region-based artists here Wednesday.
The Third NAMAs are slated for 13 April 2013.
The ‘Radio Song of the Year’ is the song played most on radio, and is nominated and voted for by the different radio stations according to excellence, regardless of genre.
Ekandjo said the ‘Song of the Year’ category remains in place, and will go to the artist whose song, in the opinion of the public, is the best.
Like the other categories, this one is open for public voting via text messaging, but nominations will come from radio stations.
He also announced that the “Best-selling Album of the Year” category has been put on hold, because artists cannot come up with verified sources of the numbers of albums sold.
“We have had many problems with this category, as most of the artists said they have sold their albums themselves and we want a verified source,” he explained.
Another change in the 2013 NAMAs is that representatives from different music labels will from now on form part of the steering committee.
Ekandjo explained that this will present a fair and balanced panel of representatives across the Namibian recording industry in a democratic and transparent process.
The new steering committee will receive training, and will be responsible to do vetting which means, be responsible for checking if songs have been entered in the correct categories by listening to the songs.
Through the vetting process, the steering committee will also check if an artist is Namibian, check if an entry is valid, while also checking if albums were previously released or entered into previous NAMAs.
Ekandjo explained that the steering committee is not responsible for judging, noting that should the committee not agree with the category entered, the committee will disqualify or move it into the correct category and inform the entrant accordingly.
Meanwhile, entries are open to all Namibian artists from 10 December 2012, and entries must comply with release dates between 01 December 2011 and 30 November 2012.
Ekandjo made it clear that all entries must be on valid albums, and defined an album as a minimum of seven different and previously-unreleased sound recordings.
Artists who do not have any albums may only enter in the “Best Non-Album” category, while artists who have a single release may enter in the “Best Single” category.
He also announced that MTC, as official sponsor of the NAMAs, used N.dollars 4.8 million to organise last year's event, and spent between N.dollars 800 000 and N.dollars 900 000 in prize monies for the winning artists.
The information session, which was aimed at clarifying the general rules to the artists and their managers, will also be rolled out to other parts of the country soon.
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