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6th AFRIMA Sets New Record With 8,157 Entries

Angela Martins
The 6th edition of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in partnership with
the African Union Commission, AUC, has received 8,157 songs/videos on
its online portal as entry submission closed at 1159 hour (WAT) on
Friday, August 2, 2019. This year’s submission continues in the
record-setting precedent of previous editions amassing the highest
number of entries from African artistes, music producers, songwriters,
Disc Jockeys (DJs), and video directors among others, since the
inception of the biggest music event in Africa.
The 2019 submissions which opened worldwide on May 15 exceeded the 2018
submissions by 148 entries. Of the 8,157 entries submitted this year,
Western Africa leads the pack with 38% of the total entries followed by
Southern Africa with 24%. Eastern Africa, Central Africa and Northern
Africa have 20%, 14% and 4% respectively.
Meanwhile, following the end of the 6th AFRIMA entry submission, the
13-man International Jury of AFRIMA will arrive Lagos, Nigeria on
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 for the week-long adjudication process from
responsibility involves screening, categorising, assessing, grading and
selecting into the 36 different Regional and Continental awarding
categories nominees who will vie for the 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA
AFRIMA hospitality partner, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos,
Nigeria, will provide a secure venue for the eminent International Jury
members who represent the five regions of Africa, the Diaspora (Europe
and North America) and the African Union Commission.
Guided by transparency and fairness, each of the Jury members will bring
their span of experience and professionalism to play and utilize their
boundless knowledge of African music, culture, and entertainment, to
collectively arrive at artistes and/or recordings on the 6th AFRIMA
Nominees’ List that reflect the creative energy and output of African
music talents between the music review period of August 1, 2018 to
August 2, 2019. After this process is concluded, the 6th AFRIMA
Nominees’ List would be unveiled during a World Media Conference
scheduled for Wednesday, August 14 at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria
Island, Lagos.
The AFRIMA Jury member occupying one of the slots for Eastern Africa is
Tanzania’s Joett, a veteran vocal coach and artiste development manager
whose song writing skills earned him registered membership of the
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). On the
other hand is  Tabu Osusa from Kenya. The veteran music professional has
spent more than three decades in music production and promotion. He has
chaired several musical projects within and outside Kenya.
Representing Central Africa from Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, is
Charles Tabu, a Music Executive, with wide experience in artiste
management and promotion. Charles has worked with major record labels
across the continent including Sony, Universal and Warner. The second
jury member for Central Africa is Bob Ekukole, a renowned Cameroonian
media and music professional with 29 years of experience in media and
broadcasting. He is currently the Director, TV Programmes and
Production, Cameroon Radio and Television, CRTV.
Northern Africa is represented by Omar Essaidi, a Moroccan music
programmer and artistic director. He brings to bear his practical
experience as judge/juror for several musical contests in Northern
Zimbabwean radio DJ and Lawyer, Delani Makhalima, takes up one of the
two slots for Southern Africa. The entertainment & media executive has
also honed his professional experience in song writing and music
composition in the region. Filling the other slot is South Africa’s
music professional and concert promoter, Chris Syren who is the
co-founder and director of Making Music Productions (MMP), a music
production company that has played a vital role in music promotion in
South Africa.
Western Africa representatives include Olisa Adibua, prolific
music executive and talent manager from Nigeria and David Tayorault, a
Côte d’Ivoire music legend, whose work in the music industry has
influenced the jazz, blues, soul, zouk and Brazilian samba genre in
Western Africa countries.
Representing the Diaspora-Europe is Rita Ray, a UK-based BBC Radio 3
presenter, International Music Curator and popular Club DeeJay. Her
counterpart representing Diaspora-North America is Hadja Kobélé Keita, a
music executive whose career spans experience in Artiste and Repertoire
management and Public Relations with Universal Music Africa/Island
Africa. The African Union Commission is represented by Angela Martins,
the Head, of the Culture Division of the AUC. Mrs. Martins, who is a
citizen of Mozambique, is a professional African Culture Analyst and an
African music enthusiast.
Speaking on the 2019 entry submission and adjudication process: Mrs.
Angela Martins said: “AFRIMA, the Pan-African initiative and music
platform is gaining greater momentum, continental visibility and
recognition. This can be verified by the increased number of entries
received for its 6th Edition, to be held in November 2019.
The African Union Commission congratulations the international Committee
of AFRIMA for this achievement for the promotion and development of the
continent’s Creative Economy. The Commission would like to once again
express its strong support to AFRIMA as it plays a key role in
recognising and awarding myriad of music talents on the continent.
In the same vein the AU Commission welcomes and salutes members of the
AFRIMA jury who will start the important Adjudication Process on the 7th
of August in Lagos, Nigeria. The role of the AFRIMA Jury is Crucial to
ensure fairness and transparency of the continental prestigious awards”.
Also reacting to the entries received for the 6th AFRIMA, Central Africa
Jury member, Charles Tabu, expressed excitement that more artistes
within and outside Africa we getting more involved in AFRIMA
“Once again, we have proof that the talents coming from the Diaspora and
from the continent have taken over AFRIMA. It is their platform, their
awards and AFRIMA is all about rewarding Africa. As an AFRIMA jury
member and an African music professional, I am so proud and amazed to
see the number of entries in 2019 surpasses what we had in 2018. This a
huge improvement from the 2,025 entries received in the first edition of
the awards in 2014. I am waiting to see the quality, creativity and
surprise talents we will discover during the adjudication in Lagos”.
In partnership with the African Union, the awards recognising and
rewarding musical creativity and talents of Africans is scheduled to
hold in November 2019 during a four-day fiesta of music, glamour,
Afrocentricism and entertainment in the official awards Host City.
The four-day AFRIMA event commences with the Welcome Soiree followed by
the AFRIMA Music Village, the Host City Tour, the Africa Music Business
Summit, the exclusive Nominees Party and concludes with the live Awards
Ceremony. Fans of African music globally can follow along and take part
in the AFRIMA 2019 events on social media, live stream on the AFRIMA
website, the AFRIMA App and by tuning to over 84 television stations
which are AFRIMA partners.

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