Search for NAMAs judges begins

Windhoek – The search for the next Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) judges is already under way.

Sponsors of the event have announced United Kingdom-born broadcaster, producer, director and columnist Jasmine Dotiwala as the first judge for the 2014 NAMAs. 

“I am honoured to be a part of the judging panel for the Namibian Annual Music Awards. National music awards are one of the biggest nights in music, fashion and culture for any country and I am thrilled to play a part in bringing this one of a kind show to audiences across the nation.  I’m excited to be able to be able to experience the culture and music of the land with my fellow judges, this will be an inspiring experience,” says Dotiwala.

Dotiwala is the former MTV International news host, head of MTV Base Europe and director. Additionally, she is the producer of several major MTV International TV content formats and shows. She is also the columnist for the leading international publication “The Huffington Post” as well as “The Voice.

She says, “Experiencing what the country has to offer musically and informing the rest of the world about Namibian talent is an exciting concept. It promises to be an exciting event for all music lovers in the country and it will provide opportunities for businesses in these difficult economic times and it will allow Namibia to raise its international profile.”

Dotiwala is the executive news editor of the new London 360 News TV Magazine Show at the Media Trust. She is a 12-year veteran in the media and music industry. She is also a showbiz reporter.

Tim Ekandjo, Corporate Communications Officer of MTC – the main sponsor of NAMAs ‑ says, “The selection of new judges is a process that focused on retrospection for the NAMAs what is the idealistic vision we have for this incredible venture.  We are mindful that the judging panel has to be absolutely on point as far as experience and musical background is concerned.”

According to Ekandjo, the aim has always been to make the NAMAs a quality event as opposed to the misperception of popularity, “The NAMAS cannot be a popularity contest but a musical excellence project. 

This is why we have placed greater responsibility on the judges by allowing them 100 percent on [determining] who the winners are in the various music genre categories are going to be.”

August 2013
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