The countdown has begun to the August 1, 2018 deadline for submission of
songs and videos to be nominated for the 5th annual All Africa Music
Awards (AFRIMA), the biggest music event in Africa that celebrates and
rewards the music talents of the continent while showcasing the African
cultural heritage to a global audience for a positive narrative.
Organised by the African Union Commission in partnership with the
International Committee of AFRIMA, announced its call for entries for the
2018 edition of the awards on May 25 and thereby opened its online portal-
www.afrima.org to receive songs and videos recorded or produced by African
music professionals either living on the continent or in the diaspora
within the eligibility period of August 1, 2017 to August 1, 2018.
Established and emerging African music stars have been sending in their
songs and videos to compete in the 36 regional and continental award
categories to participate in the process, with the expectation of emerging
nominees that will feature at the culturally resplendent 5th AFRIMA main
awards ceremony scheduled for November 2018. The high level of
participation in the submission by Africa’s music industry is an
indication that the 2018 nomination entries are set to surpass those
received in previous years.
Furthermore, AFRIMA recently saw the introduction of four new award
categories to enable more creative professionals in the music and
entertainment industry participate in the process, giving room for
expansion and inclusiveness. The newly introduced categories are Best
African DJ; Best African Dance/Choreography; Best African Lyricist/Rapper
of the Year and Best African Act in Diaspora.
Speaking on the countdown, AFRIMA Country Director, South Africa, Mr.
Lekunutu Sekobo, advised African artistes yet to enter their works to take
advantage of the few days remaining.
“I would like to urge all musicians, record labels, music producers, music
managers and the recording industry of Africa at large to take full
advantage of the few days remaining before submissions closes on the 1st
of August. I encourage you to submit your crafts or submit on behalf of
your clients in any of the suitable award categories. Africans should
embrace this initiative by AFRIMA and show full cooperation and support.
AFRIMA is the biggest platform where Africans are showing immense
enthusiasm through music and art”.
He further added: “I would also like to call on the Department of Arts and
Culture under Minister Nathi Mthethwa and the Department of Tourism under
Minister Derek Hanekom not excluding corporate South Africans to embrace
and give full support to AFRIMA’s vision for Africa’s Cultures Renaissance
so we can overcome the challenges confronting our continent as former
President Thabo Mbeki championed in his term of office”.
Once the AFRIMA submission portal closes on August 1, the screening and
adjudication process commences on August 7 by the 13-man AFRIMA
International Jury who are experienced and expert African music
professionals charged with the responsibility of painstakingly and
carefully screening, categorising and assessing the works submitted and
determining those entries possessing the merit to be named on the highly
contested AFRIMA Nominees List.
Immediately after the week-long adjudication process, the 2018 AFRIMA
Nominees List will be unveiled and nominated artistes, songs and videos
will then have to slug it out with other regional and continental music
contemporaries and legends to emerge winners of the AFRIMA 23.9 carat gold
Meanwhile, the Director, Brand Communication, AFRIMA, Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi
has challenged African governments and corporate bodies to throw their
weight behind the advocacy initiative of AFRIMA.
“AFRIMA Main Awards has been held for four years spearheaded by a
coalition of music, production, culture and media professionals. We’ve had
amazing support across the continent, especially from the government of
Nigeria which hosted in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. We are immensely
appreciative of the government of Lagos State in Nigeria and some
corporate organisations from Nigeria and other countries. In our fifth
edition, this is the perfect opportunity for other African governments to
also align themselves with this Pan African project, because it really
does say that they are part of the Pan African community.
I am calling on the government of South Africa, my home country, to throw
her weight behind AFRIMA. South Africa will be sending a very positive
message to the rest of the world, and also eradicate the perception that
South Africans are not warm enough or welcoming enough to other Africans
across the continent”, she concluded.
In its efforts to reward music creativity and talent in Africa, AFRIMA
also stimulates conversations among Africans and between Africa and the
rest of the globe about the great potentials and values of the African
musical and artistic heritage for the purpose of creating jobs, reducing
poverty, calling the attention of world leaders to Africa and promoting
the positive image of Africa to the world for global competitiveness.
AFRIMA is scheduled to hold in November, with live broadcast to over 80
countries around the world.