The 13-man International Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, will
arrive Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, ahead of a week-long
adjudication process following the closing of entries where 8,009
songs/videos were received for the 5th edition of the annual awards event.

From Thursday, August 8 to Tuesday, August 14, event hospitality partner,
Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, will provide
a secure venue for the AFRIMA International Jury members representing the
five regions of Africa, the diaspora (Europe and North America) and the
African Union Commission who are tasked with the responsibility of
deciding which artists and or recordings make it to the 5th AFRIMA
Nominees List that would be unveiled to the world on Tuesday, August 14.

The Jury’s responsibility involves screening, categorising, assessing,
grading and selecting nominees into the 38 different Regional and
Continental awarding categories who will vie for the 23.9 carat
gold-plated AFRIMA trophy.

Bringing their span of experience and professionalism to play and
boundless knowledge in African music, culture, and entertainment, the
week-long process will have the jurors working with expected fairness and
transparency to arrive at a truly representative 5th AFRIMA Nominees List
which reflects the creative energy and output of African music talents
between the review period of August 1, 2017 to August 1, 2018.

The eminent AFRIMA International Jury is populated by two members drawn
from each region of Africa. One African music professional each
representing the Diaspora; (i.e. Europe and North America), and a
representative of the African Union Commission.

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/jury for several musical contests in Northern Africa.

Zimbabwean radio DJ, 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 region.
Filling the other slot is South Africa’s music professional, 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 broadcaster,
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 DJ Europe. 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,
professional African Culture Analyst and African music enthusiast. Angela
Martins is the Head, Culture Division, African Union.

Meanwhile, the African Union, the International Committee of AFRIMA and
the International AFRIMA Jury commiserate with the family of a former
AFRIMA Jury member, the late Oskar Kidjo, a renowned singer, music
producer and practitioner, who passed away on July 11, 2018. In a
condolence letter addressed to the Kidjo family, AFRIMA writes “We laud
his service towards the development of African music and in promoting and
producing top Beninoise music artistes such as the multiple Grammy award
winner and multi-talented musician, Angelique Kidjo. Not forgetting also
his expert contributions as a member of the 13-man Jury of AFRIMA whose
service on the Jury for three conservative years, 2014 to 2016, helped to
determine the awards’ African nominees”.

In its 5th edition, AFRIMA, the biggest music awards event in Africa, in
partnership with the African Union Commission, recognizes, celebrates and
rewards musical creativity and talents across the continent and globally.
AFRIMA promotes Africa’s rich cultural heritage and endless possibilities
to the world for global competitiveness.

The 5th AFRIMA is scheduled to hold in November 2018 and programme of
events will include the Africa Music Business Summit; The AFRIMA Music
Village and the Main Awards Ceremony. These events will be broadcast live
to over 84 countries around the world.


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