AFRIMA insists on July 30 deadline for submission

The international committee of All African Music Awards (AFRIMA) has appealed to music professionals aiming to participate in this year’s award event to turn in their art works by July 2016.

The President and Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada, who made the disclosure during a media briefing during the week said the organisers will maintain the July 30 close of entries in order not  to “distort the calendar” of the third edition.

He said: “We would not want to distort the calendar for this year’s edition. Sticking to the deadline will enable an early screening of the list of entries submitted for the adjudication process and nominees’ announcement.”

Speaking about the modalities of this year’s award nomination and categorisation, Dada disclosed that a 13-person jury selected across the five regions of Africa and the diaspora will be set up between 16 and 23 of August 2016 to screen, categorise, assess and select nominees from the body of works submitted for award consideration, adding that the World Media Announcement of the continental awards would be held on August 22.

Also speaking, the Project Director, Afrima, Kemi Ashefon, expressed satisfaction at the number of entries received across the continent from African music artistes, music professionals and journalists.

She said: “I must say we are impressed by the level of participation by African artistes on the continent and in the diaspora, in the ongoing 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 two weeks to the deadline will give everyone a chance to get involved in AFRIMA.”

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.