Going by the enthusiastic response of African music artistes, music professionals and journalists who have flooded the AFRIMA website with entries from across the continent and from Africans in the Diaspora for the 2016 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA tagged “AFRIMA 3.0”, the International Committee of AFRIMA has called on other music professionals who are yet to submit their works to do so on or before the July 30, 2016, deadline.
Explaining further, Project Director, Kemi Ashefon, said: “I must say we are impressed by the level of participation by African artistes, on the continent and in the Diaspora, in the on-going AFRIMA 3.0 entries submission process so far. This is an encouraging success marker for us considering the fact that we have surpassed the 1500 mark before the close of entries in two weeks’ time.”
“In the spirit of our FACE IT value of Fairness, Accountability, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency, we hope the last 2 weeks to the deadline will give everyone a chance to get involved in AFRIMA.” She concluded.
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 and the rest of the globe about the great potentials and values of the African culture and artistic legacy for the purpose of creating jobs, reducing poverty, calling attention of world leaders to Africa and promoting the positive image of Africa to the world.
Speaking further on what to expect after the close of entries in July 30, The President and Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada said “We would not want to distort the calendar for this year’s edition. Sticking to the deadline will enable an early screening on the list of entries submitted for the adjudication process and nominees’ announcement.”
The 13-person AFRIMA jury which represents the five regions of Africa and the Diaspora will be arriving from August 16 to 23 for the crucial responsibility of screening, categorising, assessing and selecting nominees from the body of works submitted for award consideration. Concluding the adjudication process, on August 22 will be the World Media Announcement of the continental Awards.