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AU unveils calendar for 6th AFRIMA

By Charles Kalu

The African Union Commission, AUC, has formally unveiled the 2019 All
Africa Music Awards, tagged; 6TH AFRIMA, calendar of events at the African
Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday, May 13, 2019.

A press statement signed by the Acting Director, Social Affairs
Department, African Union Commission, Mr. Machacha Shepande, said the first
activity on the continental awards event calendar is submission of entries
which open globally on www.afrima.org to African music professionals
either living on the continent or in the diaspora from Wednesday, May 15
and closes on Friday, August 2, 2019. Further details on entry submission
guidelines are available on the AFRIMA website.

The submission of songs and videos must be produced or released under the
year in review i.e. August 1, 2018 to August 2, 2019. African music
artistes, managers, producers, record label owners, recording companies,
video directors, Disc Jockeys, Choreographers/dancers, publicists and
entertainment/music journalist are eligible to submit their works or
submit on behalf of their clients in any of the 36 AFRIMA award
categories.

Other activities on the event calendar are; the 13-man jury adjudication
process and nominees selection from August 6 to August 12. A ‘World Media
Announcement of 6TH AFRIMA Nominees’ List’ will take place on August 13 to
publicly unveil African artistes and/or works that have been nominated in
the regional and continental categories leading to winners of the AFRIMA
23.9 carat gold plated trophy.

On August 19, ‘AFRIMA Public Voting’ process will open to academy of
voters, African music fans and followers around the globe which closes 24
hours before the main awards ceremony, and would be monitored and audited
by a reputable International Auditing Firm.

According to the press statement, The Main Awards Ceremony, a four-day
fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentricism and entertainment, holds from
November 6 to November 9 in the official awards Host City. It will be
preceded by Welcome Soiree, AFRIMA Music Village, the Host City Tour, the
Africa Music Business Summit, and the exclusive Nominees Party.

Other build up activities leading up to the main awards ceremony include
conferences, stakeholders meetings, festivals, speaking engagements,
University Campus Concert and courtesy visits 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, in partnership with the African Union, 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. It also stimulates
conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world
about the potential of the creative arts for real humanizing enterprise on
the continent, contributing significantly to social cohesion, national,
regional and continental integration as well as sustainable development in
Africa. The live awards show is broadcast to over eighty countries around
the world.

The 2018 edition of AFRIMA awards ceremony was hosted by the Republic of
Ghana, through the partnership of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and
Culture.

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