With massive response from African music professionals that polled close to 3,000 entries, the International Committee of the All African Music Awards, AFRIMA, has closed the submission of entries for the 2016 edition of the continental awards tagged AFRIMA 3.0.
The annual entries submission process which is open to African music artistes, music professionals and other stakeholders living on the continent and in the Diaspora, commenced on May 30 and closed on July 30. A total number of 2,714 entries were received.
With a nod of satisfaction from the International Committee of AFRIMA and AFRIMA Regional and Country Directors on the large influx of entries recorded this year, the next phase of the build-up activities for the 2016 edition of AFRIMA will commence in a few weeks with the adjudication process and nominees selection.
Also expressing satisfaction at the impressive entries submitted for 2016, the President and Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada declared that AFRIMA 3.0 took off on a high note with the unveiling of the awards calendar of activities during a joint cultural conference with the African Union Commission, AUC, held in Banjul, Gambia between 24th and 25th May.
Mike Dada said, “The passion to celebrate Africa’s cultural uniqueness through her talents will continue to build until it peaks during the grand awards ceremony in November. I am happy about the high votes recorded this year which is an improvement on the number of entries submitted in 2015. The digitalised screening of entries by the International Jury of AFRIMA will commence soon after. This adjudication exercise will culminate in the announcement of AFRIMA 2016 Nominees List on a day to follow.
Meanwhile, the 13-person International Jury of AFRIMA which represents the five regions of Africa, the Diaspora and the AUC are expected to enter into seven-day seclusion for the crucial responsibility of screening, categorising, assessing and selecting nominees from the body of works submitted for award consideration.
Concluding the adjudication process will be the World Media Announcement of the 2016 AFRIMA Nominees List in all 34 categories.
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.
The main awards ceremony holds on 4th to 6th November, 2016.