Source:Savannanews24.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly/ Adam Sulemana :
The 2017 Northern Music Awards festival was launched yesterday at Radach Memorial Hotel, Tamale.
The northern music award scheme which started three years ago is to promote music and entertainment in the north of Ghana.
This is the third edition of the biggest entertainment awards event in Northern Ghana organised by the Northern Vision Events, a local event organization.
Speaking at the media launch, the PRO of Northern Vision Events Mr. Mohammed Hafiz G Face said, all is set for a successful awards event, saying, the organizing committee have put all the necessary things in place to ensure that this year’s NMAs becomes successful.
He is however quick to add that, unforeseen circumstances do happen “and when they do we will address them to the satisfaction of all stakeholders”.
The biggest entertainment event in Northern Ghana has been engulfed with mistrust and favouritism from organizers of the event.
Industry players accused organizers of the event of scheming and manipulating the voting system to favour some artistes.
Again, many potential winners of the awards refuse to file because they cannot trust some of the organizers of the award scheme.
The first edition of the saw many music artistes refusing to file for nominations including Maccasio who refused to file because Fancy Gadam was already tip to win the artiste of year even before nominations was open.
The following year Fancy Gadam also refused to file for nominations because of mistrust and sabotage by some individuals among the organizing committee of the coveted music awards.
But, Mr. Hafiz G Face assured industry players of their determination to make the awards scheme very credible, adding that, all concerns have been taking on board to organised an historic music awards event in the region.
He revealed that, the organizing committee has added two awards categories including most popular artiste in Upper East and most popular artiste in Upper West regions. “This awards is to strengthen our relationship with our brothers and sisters in the Upper regions, they are very dear to us”. G Face emphasized
He said nominations will be open on Tuesday 25th July 2017 and closed on Thursday 10th August, releasing of codes and voting will begin on Tuesday 15th August and ends on Friday 15th September 2017.
A nominee jam will be held in Kumbungu in the Kumbungu District of the Northern Region on Saturday 9th September and the biggest night, the 3rd Edition of the Northern Music Awards Festival, 2017 will be on Saturday 16th September 2017.
There will be a NMAs winner’s party on Saturday 23rd at the fabulous OAISIS, Gumani.
The PRO of Northern Vision Event and the spokesperson for the NMAs therefore called on all music artistes and industry players in the region to pick up the nominations and file for 2017 NMAs.
Below are the NMA 2017 categories:
- ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
- BEST GROUP
- BEST RAPPER
- BEST COLLABORATION
- HIP LIFE/HIP HOP ARTISTE
- HIGH LIFE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
- HIGH LIFE SONG OF THE YEAR
- MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- DISCOVERY ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
- BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR
- FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR
- TRADITIONAL SONG OF THE YEAR
- REGGAE/DANCEHALL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
- SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
- HIP HOP SONG OF THE YEAR
- MOST POPULAR SONG OF THE YEAR
- BEST NORTHERN MUSCI PROMOTER
- SONG WRITER OF THE YEAR
- MOST POPULAR ARTISTE IN UPPER WEST REGION
- MOST POPULAR ARTISTE IN UPPER EAST REGION