With massive response from African music professionals that polled close
to 3,000 entries, the International Committee of the All African Music
Awards, AFRIMA, has closed the submission of entries for the 2016
edition of the continental awards tagged AFRIMA 3.0.
The annual entries submission process which is open to African music
artistes, music professionals and other stakeholders living on the
continent and in the Diaspora, commenced on May 30 and closed on July
30. A total number of 2,714 entries were received.
With a nod of satisfaction from the International Committee of AFRIMA
and AFRIMA Regional and Country Directors on the large influx of entries
recorded this year, the next phase of the build-up activities for the
2016 edition of AFRIMA will commence in a few weeks with the
adjudication process and nominees selection.
Also expressing satisfaction at the impressive entries submitted for
2016, the President and Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada declared
that AFRIMA 3.0 took off on a high note with the unveiling of the awards
calendar of activities during a joint cultural conference with the
African Union Commission, AUC, held in Banjul, Gambia between 24th and
Mike Dada said, “The passion to celebrate Africa’s cultural uniqueness
through her talents will continue to build until it peaks during the
grand awards ceremony in November. I am happy about the high votes
recorded this year which is an improvement on the number of entries
submitted in 2015. The digitalised screening of entries by the
International Jury of AFRIMA will commence soon after. This adjudication
exercise will culminate in the announcement of AFRIMA 2016 Nominees List
on a day to follow.
Meanwhile, the 13-person International Jury of AFRIMA which represents
the five regions of Africa, the Diaspora and the AUC are expected to
enter into seven-day seclusion for the crucial responsibility of
screening, categorising, assessing and selecting nominees from the body
of works submitted for award consideration.
Concluding the adjudication process will be the World Media Announcement
of the 2016 AFRIMA Nominees List in all 34 categories.
In partnership with the African Union Commission, AUC, the All Africa
Music Awards, AFRIMA, is a music and cultural initiative developed to
celebrate, reward and showcase the rich musical heritage of Africa,
stimulate conversations among Africans and between Africa.
The main awards ceremony holds on 4th to 6th November, 2016.