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AFRIMA 2019 to reward new generation of African musicians

The African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has unveiled programme of events for the sixth edition of the awards in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 After five  outstanding  editions of  AFRIMA from 2014 to 2018,  the  sixth  edition  of the awards  will continue  in the tradition of  celebrating  the musical  culture of Africa by featuring Pan-Africa events  throughout 2019.

 This was contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director of Social Affairs, Mr Machacha Shepande and copied to Times Weekend in Accra on Wednesday.

 The main awards ceremony would be held from November 6 to 9, later in the year, which would be preceded by a Welcome Soiree, AFRIMA Music Village, a tour, Africa Music Business Summit and an exclusive Nominees’ Party.

Activities leading up to the main awards ceremony include submission by African music professionals either living on the continent or in the diaspora is expected to submit their entries which are globally open on www.afrima.org from May 15 to August 2.  

There would also be a pre-screening  process  by the  screening committee of AFRIMA  from August 3 to 5,  followed by  the  AFRIMA Adjudication process from  August 6 to  August 12 to be  conducted  by  an independent  international jury   comprising  of a 13-member panel of experienced  and respected African music experts  and practitioners. 

On  August  13,  a world media announcement  of  AFRIMA  nominee list would be publicly unveiled to declare  nominated  African  artists  or works and on August 19 , there would be a voting process to be conducted on AFRIMA’s website  by music fans and followers across the globe.

Other  activities leading up to main  event include conferences, stakeholders meetings, festivals, speaking engagements, university campus concert and courtesy calls  to heads of governments and leaders of institutions in corporate and government sectors across the five regions of Africa to achieve an all-round engagement with all relevant AFRIMA stakeholders.

AFRIMA  is a music property that recognises and rewards the work and talent of a myriad of African artistes from the old to the new generation of musicians.

Ghana hosted the 2018 edition of the awards in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

BY JEMIMA ESINAM KUATSINU

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