NAMAs 2019 to combine music, fashion and art

By Confidente Reporter

ONE of the best known and most eagerly awaited award shows in Namibia is around the corner as the ninth edition of the Namibian Annual Music Awards draws near. Organisers are promising never seen before performances, as well as everything glitz and glamour with a touch of urban chic.

Once again to be hosted at The Dome in the country’s favoured holiday resort Swakopmund, NAMAs executive chairperson Tim Ekandjo explained that the show on 7 September will feature 13 performance slots to make a total of 36 performances of Namibia’s finest musical talents.

This year the NAMAs will also allow visual artists to showcase their artwork on the blue carpet.

Anxious but excited, Ekandjo said: “We have ever since the inception of the NAMAs improved the event both from a technical and overall delivery perspective, but we are going to step it up even further this year.

“I am particularly anxious about this year’s event because we will be doing things never done at any award show in Africa and that is both scary and exciting. There’s a reason why the NAMAs is now the number one event in Africa, and to maintain that level of excitement we need to be crazy innovative in the ‘wow effect’ and the feeling we want to leave with those attending and watching around the world, and the impression we create about Namibia.”

Moreover, not only will the performing artists be aided by the NAMAs band, but dancers will also be out in force. Led by renowned dance choreographer Haymish Olivier, the dancers are currently hard at work rehearsing and mastering the choreographies to ensure that they “bring it on”. Of the 123 dancers that auditioned, only 20 made the final cut after a rigorous selection process.

To add to the excitement, the NAMAs are expected to host an artist masterclass session under the theme, ‘Succeeding in my music, brand and business as an artist across the African continent.’ The session panel will have experienced music gurus, including the 2019 NAMAs judges, such Sean Watson, Somoina Kimojino, Sammy Thuo, and legendary South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, as well as Axali Doeseb, the country’s first post-independent black conductor of the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra and composer of the Namibian anthem.

“This session is to give the opportunity for artists to meet, engage and discuss all things music and share ideas on how to [gain] optimally positive results out of their music careers. We thus strongly advise artists to attend this masterclass,” said Ekandjo.

Ekandjo added that since fashion is a crucial element of the NAMAs, this year a competition will be run to select the best-dressed personalities. Tickets to this auspicious occasion are going for N$120 general and N$350 VIP and are available at Pick n Pay stores at Webtickets or online (www.webtickets.com.na).

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