The NAMA Executive Committee this year started the entry process earlier than usual to allow more time for artists to enter, especially artists who are not necessarily based in the city or close to the awards offices in Windhoek. Entry is free of charge, and artists can enter either manually or electronically. For manual entries application forms must be accompanied by the following, copy of Identity document, 1 x Image disc containing the individual/band''s image of album cover in high resolution between 500-1000 pixels in height and width, not exceeding 1Mb and 2 x original copies of the album with its cover.
All recordings submitted for the Namibia Annual Music Awards must have been commercially released (in other words first made available for sale by a recognised retail trade) in Namibia during the period 1st December 2015 to 30th November 2016, to qualify for entry. Written proof of release details for the entry period must be submitted together with the fully completed entry. Artists can either drop entries sealed in an envelope at any NBC office country-wide or at the MTC Head Office in Windhoek. If you have entered online, you will be allowed to submit your physical entry form with your albums after the closing date. Late entries will be disqualified; entry forms can be downloaded from www.nama.com.na. For awards rules, entry requirements and other details please visit www.nama.com.na
The two NAMA information sessions are scheduled to take place in Swakopmund and Ongwediva respectively and is aimed at explaining the nitty gritty''s of the NAMA''s that artists should be aware of before they submit their applications. This information session is a platform which will grant the artists that wish to enter the NAMA''s and entertainment journalists the opportunity to ask questions and for clarification on how and in which categories to enter; to explain the rules and regulations and also to provide guidance and demonstrate how to enter for the awards online. “Previous experience is that some artists didn''t know exactly what was anticipated of them and the prerequisites of categories, consequently some of the applications were disqualified. The NAMA committee has decided to hold the information session to inform and enlighten the artists on the matter. We thus urge artists to attend,” explained Tim Ekandjo of the NAMA organising committee.
The workshops are scheduled to take place as follows: in Swakopmund at the Sands Hotel on 12 November from 10:00 to 11:00 and at Ongwediva on 19 November at the Destiny Hotel at the same time.