The organizers of the KORA Awards have confirmed recent rumors that it has cancelled this year’s award ceremony that was expected to take place in Namibia on March 20th, 2016.
The organizing team said the cancellation was due to what it described as an “unfortunate situation” despite their best efforts to receive clearance in order to move equipment from South Africa to Namibia.
Although the event was postponed to an undetermined date, what is also unclear is whether voting still continues.
In a statement released on its website, the organizing committee said, “In early February, our supplier alerted us to the necessity of securing clearance for the dome and equipment to cross the border from South Africa into Namibia. We immediately commenced with efforts to secure this clearance with the relevant authorities to enable the crossover.
“Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we have to date not received the clearance to enable our supplier to move the structure and equipment into Namibia in time for the event.”
According to the statement, the KORA team is still pursuing this crucial waiver; and as such, they have had to take the difficult decision to postpone the KORA All-Africa Music Awards.
“As disappointed as we are by this development, we remain committed to delivering the event we promised the Namibian people. We are confident in the KORA’s power to be a transformative agent in African artists’ lives, and are single-minded in our efforts to ensure that the event takes place as a fitting tribute to African artists,” the statement read.
The team further expressed its regrets to all those impacted by the postponement, and assured them that no one is more disappointed by this development than the team.
Upon agreement of all the stakeholders and partners, an announcement would be made about the new date as soon as possible, the KORA team said.