Plenty of Ghanaian celebrity appearances in the video called "After Party" by veteran Ghanaian rap supergroup called VVIP. Stonebwoy opens it up and then Reggie Rockstone, Zeal and Prodigal handle the rest. Track produced by DJ Breezy of Accra and video directed by Pascal Aka. Filmed at Accra's latest five-star hotel called Kempinski. Great dapper attire by all in the video. Shout out to Hammamat at the end of the video!
The All Africa Music Awards, 3rd edition, happened live on Sunday, 6th November 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria at the Convention Center Eko Hotels & Suites.
The event was hosted by Moroccan music star Ahmed Soultan; South African media personality Bonang Matheba and multi-talented bilingual Congolese TV Broadcaster and celebrity Ika Jong. However, the Red Carpet hosts were Denola Grey (Nigeria), Denrele Edun (Nigeria), Hauwa AllahBura (Nigeria); and Pam Happi (Cameroun)
There were live performances from Falz (Nigeria); VVIP (Ghana); Aramide (Nigeria); Brymo (Nigeria); Navio (Uganda); Daphne (Cameroon); Seyi Shay (Nigeria), Darey Art Alade (Nigeria) (backed by the Soweto Gospel Choir); P-Square; Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) plus a tribute to Papa Wemba!
The AFRIMA 2016 events was preceded by and African Music Business Summit roundtable then AFRIMA Music Village on Friday November, 4, 2016. This was a non-stop music concert with over 40 African artistes performing live at the Waterfront, Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.
The All Africa Music Awards is tailored to recognize and reward those who have given African music the most creative competitive edge in the global market within the year under review. Over 154 nominees are campaigning for votes from the public for the various categories of awards. It is a partnership with the African Union Commission.
Here is the complete LIST OF AWARD WINNERS
The AU (African Union) breaks up Africa into five regions. AFRIMA has followed that template to create the award categories in each of these five regions. Eastern, Southern, Central, Northern and Western.
1. Best Male East Africa – Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
2. Best Female East Africa – Cindy Sanyu (Uganda)
3. Best Male South Africa – Black Coffee (South Africa)
4. Best female South Africa – Sally Boss Madam (Namibia)
5. Best Male Central Africa- Wax Dey (Cameroon)
6. Best Female Central Africa- Bruna Tatiana (Angola)
7. Best Male North Africa – DJ Van (Morocco)
8. Best Female North Africa- Zina Daoudia (Morocco)
9. Best Male West Africa – Flavour (Nigeria)
10. Best Female West Africa – Aramide (Nigeria)
AFRIMA went further and created categories for overall CONTINENT of AFRICA (continental) awards. The criteria for these categories are listed here.
11. Best Inspirational Female – Naomi Achu (Cameroon)
12. Best Inspirational Male – Icha Kavons (DR Congo)
12. Best Artiste/Duo/GroupBand in African Contemporary - Flavour (Nigeria)
14. Most Promising Artiste- Amine Aub (Morocco)
15. African Fans Favorite – Phyno (Nigeria)
16. SongWriter of the Year – Navio Uganda) + Unique for "Njogereza"
17. Producer of the Year - Kuseim (Uganda) [known for his creation for Eddy Kenzo "Mbilo Mbilo feat. Niniola"]
18. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Hiphop- Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
19. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Raggae & Dancehall- Patoranking (Nigeria)
20. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Traditional music- Zeynab (Benin)
21. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Electro -SuCh (Zimbabwe)
22. Best Artist/Duo/Group African RnB – Henok & Mehari Brothers (Ethiopia)
23. Best Artist/Duo/Group in African Rock -M’vula (Angola)
24. Best African Jazz – Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa)
25. Best African Group -VVIP (Ghana)
26. Best African Collaboration – Mbilo Mbilo by Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) ft Niniola (Nigeria)
27. Video of the Year – "Dogo Yaro" by VVIP (Ghana) Directed by Pascal Aka (Ghana)
28. Revelation of the Year – Falz (Nigeria)
29. Album of the Year – Ahmed Soultan (Morocco) for "Music Has no Boundaries"
30. Song of the Year - "Utanipenda" by Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
31. Artist of the Year -Wizkid (Nigeria)
These other awards were specially created for recognizing talent in other ways from the African continent.
32. AFRIMA Legendary Award – Manu Dibango (Cameroon)
33. Special Recognition Award - King Sunny Ade (Nigeria)
Rab Bakari is attending WOMEX [World Music Expo] 2016 in Santiago de Compostela; in the Galacia region of Spain.
WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. The annual five-day event comprises a bustling Trade Fair, Showcase Festival, Conference, and Film programme, as well as festive Opening and Award ceremonies.
Twenty-one WOMEX editions have affirmed the value of networking across borders, be they musical, political, cultural or commercial. Since 1994, WOMEX has been travelling all across Europe from Berlin (1994), via Brussels (1995), Marseille (1997), Stockholm (1998), Berlin (1999 + 2000), Rotterdam (2001), Essen (2002 + 2004), Newcastle (2005), Sevilla (2003 + 2006 - 2008), Copenhagen (2009-2011), Thessaloniki (2012) to Cardiff (2013), Santiago de Compostela (2014) and Budapest (2015).
The 22nd edition of WOMEX takes place from Wednesday, 19 to Sunday, 23 October 2016.
WOMEX is pro-diversity. The event has three levels of music-related trade show business. <<<<<<it also has a number of films showing. pop-up concerts, dj sessions, panel discussion and minute´by-minute music business networking in the hallways, bars, bocadillos and in the rooms itself. To get a scope of what is being offered, please see the official WOMEX 2016 schedule
The grand event took place in Downtiwn Dallas, Texas USA.
WINNERS LIST FULL AFRIMMA 2016:
Best Male West Africa – Olamide (Nigeria)
Best Female West Africa – Efya (Ghana)
Best Male North Africa – Amr Diab (Egypt)
Best Female North Africa – Ibtissam (Morocco)
Best African DJ USA – Dj Dee Money (USA)
Best Male Central Africa – C4 Pedro (Angola)
AFRIMMA Video of the year – "Brother Brother" by Bisa Kdei /Directed by Prince Dovlo (Ghana)
Best Female Central Africa – Daphne (Cameroon)
Music Producer of the year – Masterkraft (Nigeria)
Best male South Africa – AKA South Africa)
Best African Dancer – Winner Brenda Derry (Cameroon) iliwaniwa this award and also the Diamond Dancer Tanzanian Platnumz called Mose Iyobo.
Best Female Southern Africa – Chikune (Zambia)
Best Rap Act – Phyno (Nigeria)
Best African Group – Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Best collaboration – Reggae Blues (Harrysong, Kcee) (Nigeria).
Crossing boundaries with Music – Wizkid (Nigeria).
Song of the year – Tekno - "Duro" (Nigeria)
Best Gospel Act – Willy Paul (Kenya)
Best Male East Africa. – Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Artist of the year – Flavour (Nigeria)
Best Newcomer – Harmonize (Tanzania)
Best Dancehall Act – Shatta Wale (Ghana)
Best Video Director – Patrick Elis (Nigeria)
Carribean Artist of the year – Machel Montano. (Trinidad & Tobago)
Public Voting starts 12 September!
The African Union Commission, AUC, and the 13-man Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, have released the highly anticipated 2016 Nominees List for the Continental Categories of Africa’s leading awards project.
This year also saw the introduction of an innovative category by the International Jury of AFRIMA titled “African Fans Favourite”, to recognise African artistes who create chartbusting, anthemic songs that propel the artistes to great popularity within and outside their respective countries and regions.
The Regional Categories which featured Best Female Artistes and Best Male Artistes of the five regions, nominated 65 artistes while 184 nominees make up the newly released continental categories with online public voting expected to begin on Monday, September 12 on the AFRIMA voting platform domiciled on www.afrima.org
Also commending the commitment of the AFRIMA Jury to the adjudication process, Director of Communication/Sponsorship, AFRIMA, Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi observed that having been tasked with the responsibility, the Jury dedicates time and effort to get the best expressions of the rich African cultural heritage in music.
Ms. Tsotetsi said: “The urbane mix of African sounds in sync with modern tunes and works that promote the positive image of Africa to the world, are some of the guidelines the Jury worked with during the screening/selection exercise. AFRIMA will continue to maintain exemplary standards and uphold African music and culture as it had done since inception in 2014. The process is very transparent and the public can follow the entire process online and make any enquiries to the AFRIMA Secretariat”, she concluded.
Public voting for the nominees in the different categories of the awards opens on Monday, September 12 and ends Saturday, November 5.
In partnership with the AUC and the Official Host City, Lagos State, AFRIMA 3.0. calendar of events for November 4-6, 2016 will include the Africa Music Business Summit on Friday, November 4, and the AFRIMA Music Village, an open concert-style festival featuring nominees and other top billed music stars. The grand awards ceremony holds on Sunday, November 6 with over 6,000 guests expected in Lagos, Nigeria for the various events.
All roads lead to Lagos!
ALL AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS, AFRIMA 2016
The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA 2016 is officially open for entries from Artistes, Songwriters, Music/Entertainment Journalists, Video Directors, Music Producers, DJs, Dancers from across the African continent and Diaspora.
The AFRIMA awards is celebrating excellence in musical artistry in Africa and the Diaspora, featuring 33 categories across the five regions of Africa and music genre, with a reward of 23.9 carat gold AFRIMA plated trophy.
The Guidelines/Eligibility/Requirements for the 2016 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA Entry Submission:
- Entries open from May 20, 2015 and closes on July 30, 2016.
- Eligibility: Music professionals of African origin living either on the continent or abroad are eligible. The award is open to Artistes, Songwriters, Video Directors, Music Producers and Music/Entertainment Journalists as well as unrecorded artistes.
- Artistes/ producers/ directors/ journalists/ songwriters must submit their works digitally via AFRIMA website on www.afrima.org, twitter @AFRIMAWARDS or www.facebook.com/afrima2014
- It is strongly advised that you submit your work (s) via online submission, the Entry Registration Form must be carefully and accurately completed and submitted including the relevant URL links for the digital version of the artistic work/writing in the space provided. Forms can be filled in English and French. All entries by journalists must be submitted in their original language of publication.
- African artistes must upload and submit their audio or video entry using download links to YouTube or SoundCloud platforms to qualify for nomination in award categories relevant to their artistic work.
- Works to be submitted must be produced in the year under review i.e. May 20, 2015 to July 30, 2016.
- You can enter a work/works in several categories as applicable but each entry registration must be done and submitted individually.
- Artiste may submit works in one or more categories of their choice in the 33 categories of the award.
- Return of Submitted CDs/DVDs: It is strongly encouraged that you only send materials via online but if you do wish to send materials you do not wish to have returned, it's convenient and easier for all involved. Please do not send masters, originals or your only copy, etc. These will not be returned. AFRIMA will not accept responsibility for lost or damaged tapes.
- Any falsification of information about the artistic work or the artiste/ producer/ director/ journalist/ songwriter renders the entry null and void.
- If a song/writing/video promotes violence or substance abuse, it cannot be entered for the award.
- PHOTOGRAPH: The entry submission must include the following elements:
- One high-resolution color publicity photographs with caption in jpeg format - NOT passport or ID photograph;
- CONSENT: Any work submitted by an artiste or a representative has automatically communicated consent, agreement and granted authorization to the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA to use the artiste’s image, video, music, sound, beat and biography for promotion of the Artiste and AFRIMA Awards on Television, Print, Radio, Online and social media platforms.
- The AFRIMA Jury Academy of Voters reserves the right to disqualify any work that fails to adhere to the guidelines and rules of submission.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
[Look on top to see "ENGLISH ENTRY / FRENCH ENTRY SUBMISSION"]
If links do not allow you the complete submissions, then use these Google forms below.
English Entry submission form http://goo.gl/yO0rMh
French Entry submission form http://goo.gl/LsUaHK
Journalist English Entry submission form. http://goo.gl/8jY197
Journalist French Entry Submission Form. http://goo.gl/NzRgsN
Ghanaian Hip-Hop artist M.anifest has released an afro-futuristic music video for his song "W'ani Aba" (loosely translated phrase which means "you are jealous or envious"), which features in-form Highlife crooner Bisa Kdei. The video directed by frequent M.anifest collaborator, Garth Von Glehn, fuses compelling scenery of Jamestown and Madina neighborhoods of Accra with transcendent otherworldly locations to create a fine piece of art.
M.anifest assumes the role of a flamboyant and eclectic inventor whose unique eyewear he offers to people he encounters enables them to experience visions of a distant World. Bisa Kdei is featured as a larger than life figure who exists in the cosmos with folks only seeing him when they wear the specially invented sunglasses. The director, Garth Von Glehn does an incredible job of merging the two worlds seamlessly. The track was produced by Kwame Yeboah of the Mixstation Studio.
Serge Attukwei Clottey, a fast rising contemporary Ghanaian artist and creator of 'afrogallonism', created the ten pieces of striking eyewear worn by different characters in the W'ani Aba video.
The video is a strong statement of intent in M.anifest’s quest to push creative boundaries and is the latest exhibit of his originality, further cementing his position as one of the foremost contemporary artists on the African music scene.
Good afternoon curators of modern African culture,
As an agent for Temi Dollface, Here's a message I want to share from her.
After 2 months of hard graft, My New Video for “School Your Face” has arrived. Yippee! And I couldn't have done it without you being in my corner. A big thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love, support and cheerleading.
I not only styled this one, I produced and creative directed it, and it was SHOT and EDITED in its entirety here in Lagos. At our home and on our office/Studio grounds, might I add. So I’m particularly proud of it. Again, this is an independent effort, which means I need all the help I can get to spread the word as far and wide as possible. So would you be darlings and Oblige me again by posting the attached Artwork & or Video on your social media timelines to create some awareness telling your followers to click on my Instagram bio for video link, and sending the press release (below) to as many of your friends and contacts as you can. I would be so so thankful.
Many Thanks in advance!
Lots of Love, Awe-Daciousness & Drama Soul,
HERE is the video to watch + share:
Temi Dollface - "School Your Face"
Temi DollFace Unveils “School Your Face” Music Video in celebration of Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day and in special tribute to her Grandmother!!!
A humourous tale about the ancient battle between head and heart, sees Temi playing dual roles; both as the ECCENTRIC NO-NONSENSE SERGEANT Temi and a YOUNG LOVE-SMITTEN Temi, representative of a Hard/Soft duality that we women strive to attain. Temi’s Grandmother, who’s nickname is coincidentally “Sergeant Major”, is the perfect embodiment of such a woman. A Steel Magnolia!
__“In her day she was a trail blazer for female empowerment and mentorship so who better to play the role she has always played, in my life and art. Plus she does a brilliant Schooled Face” - Temi__
The “School Your Face” Music Video, Directed by Damola Adelaja, and Produced and Styled by Temi DollFace borrows from Art, History and Fashion but then completely embodies their references as their own original idea.
The Video was shot, in it’s entirety, in Lagos and is the perfect Re-Introduction to Temi’s abundant Awe-Daciousness.
Director of Photography: Kagho Crowther Idhebor
Artwork: Chief Emmanuel
TO CONNECT WITH TEMI DOLLFACE:
I will be speaking at this year's South By SouthWest Music Conference [SXSW] and Festival 2016.
How Five Cities Propelled Modern African Music
Africa as a continent is often misinterpreted. Many people outside of it fail to realize that it has vibrant and creative urban cosmopolitan areas. How did Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, Luanda & Pretoria set the template for modern African music? These metro areas are making huge ripples in music creation and style movements associated with various music types. Natural ethnic languages or borrowed European languages are not a barrier for proper introduction to these influential cities to the attendees of SXSW 2016. The innovative sounds + visuals propelled by YouTube, Channel O, BET Int'l, Sound City, Trace and MTV Base along with their respective annual awards ceremonies up the competition and exposure.
Hashtags: #sxsw #CityAfrica #Accra #Lagos #Nairobi #Luanda #Tswane
Friday, March 18
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Artist Wristband
Format: Solo Panel
Event Type: Sessions
“I am hosting a masterclass event at Social Media Week Lagos. Looking forward to exploring how social media is impacting society, industry and culture in Lagos, Africa and around the world. “Like” the SMW Lagos Facebook page to learn more about Social Media Week Lagos. Also visit the website for more info:www.socialmediaweek.org/lagos”
The theme for this early year Sicial Media Week - Lagos gathering is:
"The Networked African: Technology’s Impact On Africa
(And How We Can Harness It For Good)
I examine this from a music business perspective.
How did Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, Luanda, Tshwane (f.k.a. Pretoria)/Johannesburg set the template for modern Africa’s music boom using social media platforms? Hidden forces of technology? Perhaps…
The continent’s most vibrant and creative cosmopolitan areas have made huge pulses in music creation and culture. Much has to do with the prevalence of mobile hardware/software; the computer “in your pocket.” Platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Keek, Tumblr, Google+, Vine, Soundcloud and Snapchat have aided in the definition and proliferation of Africa’s modern music styles.
Attendees of How Five African Cities Defined Modern Music will learn the grassroots history of Africa’s modern music cultures, examine Western influences and unpack how social media has propelled local music forms beyond the confines of city and country.
An audio and video presentation representative of each community will be included followed by an interactive Q/A.
Please bookmark your seat for this masterclass at the recently-constructed Landmark Convention Center on Victotia Island in the mega city of Lagos, Nigeria.
create a login here:
This event will not be streamed live.
The nominees have been announced for the 2016 Kora All-Africa Music Awards, with the continent's best artists set to battle it out for their respective categories for Africa’s most lucrative – and arguably most prestigious – music awards. The ceremony will take place at the Windhoek Country Club in Namibia on 20 March 2016.
Unlike the majority of African music awards that tend to focus on the larger music industries of Nigeria and South Africa, for example, the Kora selection panel has gone out of their way to include musicians from across the continent, meaning the musicians from smaller nations like Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Eritrea and Madagascar also get their chance to compete. The Pre-Selection Comittee for Kora 2016 is made up of Kora Artistic Director Alexandre Asse, Yola Semedo (Angola), John Max (Namibia), Alain Auriant (Mauritius), Lamia Yattar (Ivory Coast) and Fabrice Oye Bekale (Gabon). The final voting begins via wireless mobile carriers on 15 January 2016.
Winners from every category will go home with the coveted Kora trophies and cash prizes of US$20 000 or US$50 000, and a mammoth $1 000 000 cheque for the Best Artist of the Continent, the nominees for which have not yet been revealed.
Besides the various regional categories for male and female performers, other continent-wide categories allow for a diverse mix of artists to go head to head against one another. These include categories for Spritual and Traditional music. In the ‘Best Album of the Year’ all regions of the continent are reprened, with Bebe Cool (Uganda) up against West Africans Suzana Lebrano (Cape Verde) and Tinariwen (Mali), The Soil (South Africa) and EES (Namibia) from Southern Africa, and Cameroonian rapper Jovi representing Central Africa.
No southern African acts are in the running for Best African Group, which will see Bracket (Nigeria) compete against Double Bangz (Sierra Leone), Sauti Sol (Kenya), Toofan (Togo), X-Maleya (Cameroon) and Bana C4 (DRC).
When it comes to the nominees for the Legendary Award, South Africa’s ‘Princess of Africa’ Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa) is up against Teddy Afro (Ethiopia), Amr Diab (Egypt), Coumba Gawlo (Senegal), Werrason (DRC) and P-Square (Nigeria).
The full list of Kora nominees is as follows:
Most Promising Male Artiste of Africa
Reekado Banks (Nigeria)
Chem Edine Boudra (Algeria)
J Rio (Gabon)
Yamoto Band (Tanzania)
Most Promising Female Artiste of Africa
Bading M (Gabon)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Nelida Karr (Equatorial Guinea)
Naima Kay (South Africa)
Best Male Artist – West Africa
Serge Beynaud (Cote d’Ivoire)
Bisa Kdei (Ghana)
Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)
Best Female Artist - West Africa
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Sissao (Burkina Faso)
Best Male Artist - East Africa
Jose Chameleone (Uganda)
Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Emmanuel Jal (South Sudan)
Tendros Erinias (Eritrea)
Awaleh Adan (Djibouti)
Best Female Artist – East Africa
Irene Ntale (Uganda)
Victoria Kimani (Kenya)
Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)
Juliana Kanyomozi (Uganda)
Knowless Butera (Rwanda)
Avril Nyambura (Kenya)
Best Male Artist – Central Africa
Cano (Equatorial Guinea)
Ferre Gola (DRC)
Tresor Mvoula (Congo)
Frederick Gassita (Gabon)
Mawndoe Celestine (Chad)
Calema (Sao Tome & Principe)
Best Female Artist – Central Africa
Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon)
Cindy Le Coeur (DRC)
Syssi Mananga (Congo)
Queen Koumb (Gabon)
Mani Bella (Cameroon)
Bussine Mbadinga (Gabon)
Best Male Artist - Southern Africa
C4 Pedro (Angola)
AKA (South Africa)
Coreon Du (Angola)
Best Female Artist – Southern Africa
Moneoa (South Africa)
Elize Detlinger (Namibia)
Bruna Tatiana (Angola)
Lusha James (Mozambique)
Pah Chihera (Zimbabwe)
Busiswa (South Africa)
Best Male Artist - North Africa
Tamer Hosny (Egypt)
Lochi DK (Algeria)
Ahmed Soultan (Morrocco)
Saber Houari (Algeria)
Ayman Al Atar (Libya)
Best Female Artist - North Africa
Samira Said (Morrocco)
Sherine Abdel Wahab (Egypt)
Zina Daoudia (Morrocco)
Sarah Ayoub (Morrocco)
Amani Swissi (Tunisia)
Best African Group
Double Bangz (Sierra Leone)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Bana C4 (DRC)
Best Male Artist – Spiritual Music
Hatim Ammor (Morocco)
Kabelo Eric (Botswana)
Eugen Ablodevi (Togo)
Eddy Kamoso (Burundi)
Best Female Artist – Spiritual Music
Rebecca Malope (South Africa)
Gloria Muliro (Kenya)
Lara Georges (Nigeria)
Kanvee G Adams (Liberia)
Sarah Hagos (Eritrea)
Samira Adzabe (Gabon)
Best Group – Spiritual Music
Simply Chrysolite (South Africa)
VM Six (Namibia)
24 Elders (Kenya)
Eden (Cote d’ivoire)
Penuel Cantorum (Benin)
Best Traditional Music Artist – male
Mathias Walukaga (Uganda)
Mrisho Mpoto (Tanzania)
N’Dulo Kitoxi (Angola)
Kandla Kora (Guinea)
Demba Tandla (Mauritania)
Best Traditional Music Artist – Female
Cecile Kayirebwa (Rwanda)
Dobet Gnahore (Cote d’ivoire)
Sham Geshu (Eritrea)
Abey Lakew (Ethipia)
Erna Shimu (Namibia)
Hope Masike (Zimbabwe)
Best Traditional Music Group of Africa
Makwakwa Cultural Ensemble (Botswana)
Trio Teriba (Benin)
Groupe Kiltir (Reunion)
Bayuda Du Congo (DRC)
Les Espoirs De Coronthie (Guinea)
Best Artist of the African Diaspora
Maltre Gims (DRC/France)
Teeyah (Cote d’ivoire/France)
Martin Hod (Benin/France)
Jessica Dorsey (Caribbean/France)
Best Video of the Year
Eddy Kenzo - ‘Zigido’ (Uganda)
Tiwa Savage – ‘My Darlin’ (Nigeria)
Flavour – ‘Golibe’ (Nigeria)
Cano - ‘African Baby’ (Equatorial Guinea)
Jose Chameleone - ‘Wale Wale’ (Uganda)
Korede Belo - ‘God Win’ (Nigeria)
Best Collaboration of the Year
‘Adaobi’ – Don Jazzy, Reekado Banks, Di’Ja & Korede Bello
‘Mantsayadch’ – Ahmed Soultan, Dizzy Dros, Dj Van, Manal BK, Muslim & Shayfeen
‘Mayday SOS’ – JJK & Bracket
‘Adonal’ – Sarkodie & Caspro
‘Africa Baby’ – Cano, Wizzboyy, Mafikizolo & The Dogg
‘Tusimame’ – Emanuel Jal, Vanessa Mdee, Juliana & Syssi Mananga
Best Album of the Year
Bebe Cool - Go Mama (Uganda)
Suzana Lebrano - Vitoria (Cape Verde)
The Soil - Nostalgic Moments (South Africa)
EES - Authentic Rebel (Namibia)
Tinariwen - Emmaar (Mali)
Jovi - Mboko God (Cameroon)
Amr Diab (Egypt)
Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa)
Teddy Afro (Ethiopia)
Coumba Gawlo (Senegal)
Best Hip-Hop Artist
Hamzaoul Med Amine (Tunisia)
K.O (South Africa)
Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Kiff No Beat (Cote d’ivoire)
Best Urban Music Artist
Mi Casa (South Africa)
DJ Arafat (Cote d’ivoire)
Dama Do Bling (Mozambique)
Sally Boss Madam (Namibia)
For more details visit the Kora Awards website or watch the video.
Here is the final list of trophy winners for all 33 categories of the AFRIMA 2015 All Africa Music Awards - The evening of 15 NOV - Lagos, Nigeria.
CONTINENTAL CATEGORY WINNERS
Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon) "Elle n'a pas vu" Album of the Year
Jose Chameleone (Uganda) "Wale Wale" Song Writer of the Year
Sauti Sol (Kenya) "Sura Yako" Best African Group/Duo/Band
AKA ft Burna Boy, Dales & Jr. (South Africa & Nigeria) "All Eyes On Me" Best African Collaboration
Kiss Daniel (Nigeria) "Woju" Most Promising Artist in Africa
Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon) "Elle n'a pa vu" Best Artiste in African Contemporary
Flavour (Nigeria) "Power to win" Best Artiste in African Electro
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) "Ghetto" Best Artiste in African Hip Hop
Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) "Hawajui" Best African Artist in Pop
Stonebwoy (Ghana) "Pull Up (Remix)" Best Artiste in Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall
Praiz (Nigeria) "If I fall" Best Artiste in African RnB &Soul
Gangbe Brass Band (Benin) "Yoruba" Best Artiste in African Traditional Music
Ladysmith Black Mabazo (South Africa) AFRIMA Legendary Award
M'vula (Angola) "Volume 10" Best Artiste in African Rock
Betty Akna (Equatorial Guinea) "Africa United" Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music
Darey (Nigeria) "Pray for me" Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Music
Wiyaala (Ghana) "Africa" Video of the year in Africa
Adekunle Gold (Nigeria) "Sade" Revelation of the African Continent
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) "Nasema Nawe" Song of the Year
Producer of the Year for Sauti Sol "Sura Yako"
Music/Entertainment Journalist of the year Oris Aigbokhaevbolo (Nigeria) "Going Country: Nashville-Lives"
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) Artiste of the Year
Kunle Ayo (Nigeria) "Joromi" Best Artiste in African Jazz
REGIONAL CATEGORY WINNERS
Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon) "Elle n'a pas vu" Best Female in Central Africa
Stanley Enow (Cameroon) "King Kong" Best Male in Central Africa
Tsedenia (Ethiopia) "Yet Biye" Best Female artist in East Africa
Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania) "Nasema Nawe" Best Male in East Africa
Manal BK (Morocco) "Denia" Best Female Artist in Northern Africa
Ahmed Soultan (Morocco) "This is who I am" Best Male Artist in North Africa
Busiswa (South Africa) "Lahla" Best Female in Southern Africa
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) "Ghetto" Best Male in Southern Africa
Yemi Alade (Nigeria) "K-I-S-S-I-N-G" Best Female artiste in West Africa
Olamide (Nigeria) "Shakity Bobo" Best Male Artiste in West Africa
Dear WOMEX 2015 delegates, Thank you for taking time to have sat in on our Session 4 World Music Expo 2015 panel conducted in English on Thursday, 22 October at the local time period of 12:15 - 13:00 local time at the Bálna Center in Budapest, Hungary.
Title: A Tale Of Two Nations:
Subtitle: The creative magic of African-European music artists.
In recent years a new generation of exciting creative musicians have been emerging from across Africa. Some are based on the continent, some in Europe and North America. They are socially networked artists, just as comfortable in the tough neighborhoods of Africa's biggest cities as they are performing at hip nightclubs in London or European music festivals. They blend hip-hop, house, reggae and rock with various local musical traditions from around Africa. This panel aims to provide a background on the rising new wave of artists representing the heritages of both parents from different continents in their music.”
Rab Bakari (Mixerpot - New York, USA) Creator, chair and moderator
“Buddha Blaze” Mbasu - (Spark Africa - Nairobi, Kenya) Panelist
David Sanders (Mandala TV Prod. Ltd - Nairobi, Kenya) Panelist
We discussed how artist creatively embrace one African or one European or the blending of both influences to portray their musical genius to their audience.
It was these questions that prompted healthy dialogue between panel members and later the audience
1. Recognition. When did you become aware of this unique fusion?
2. Should music artist with African and European background (whether by birth or residence) allow the audience to define their creativity/music?
3. When is an artist considered "African"? By the music incorporation/appropriation or just by parentage/birth-right?
4. Are there really true examples of "fusion"/music for the world by these bi-continental creatives?
5. How does splitting time in an urban European and a urban African metropolis define one's music style?
6. Where are great examples of where we can hear/watch some of these "fusions" or outright original creations?
We have provided a list of of musicians who strongly support the details of this particular panel. See the list below and investigate.
Adé Bantu (Adegoke Odukoya)
English, Pidgin, Yoruba
Songs in German? No
Born in UK and raised in Nigeria & Germany
Mom - German
Notable: Frontman for "Brothers Keepers” + “Bantu”
Genre: Afrobeat Soul, Hip Hop, RnB, Reggae
Amine (Amine Mounder)
Arabic, French, Spanish
Songs in Berber? Yes
Born and raised in Morocco, Raised in France
Dad - French
Mom - Morrocan
Boddhi Satva (Armani Kombot-Naguemon)
Central African Republic - Belgium
Songs in Sango? Yes
Location: Brussels, Bangui
Born & raised in C.A.R.
Dad - Belgian
Mom - Central African
Genre: Electronica, House, hip Hop, Afrobeat
Djeff Afrozila (Tiago Barros)
Songs in Kimbundu? Yes
Location: Lisboa. Luanda
Born and Raised in Portugal
Dad - Cabo Verde
Mom - Angolan
Genre: Electronica, House, hip Hop, Afrobeat
English, German, Pidgin, French
Songs in Twi? No
Born Ghana and raised in Switzerland
Dad - Ghanaian
Mom - Swiss
Notable: Also known as Oy
Genre: Afrobeat Pop, Soul, Electronica, Hip Hop, RnB, Reggae
Songs in Bemba? No
Born and Raised in Denmark
Dad - Zambian
Genre: Electronica, hip Hop, RnB
Les Nubians (Hélène + Céline Faussart)
Songs in any Cameroon or Chad Languages? No
Born and Raised in Tchad and France
Dad - French
Mom - Cameroonian
Genre: Afrosoul, Traditional, RnB, Hip Hop, Jazz
Maia Von Lekow
Songs in German? No
Dad - Kenyan
Mom - German/Dutch
Genre: jazz, funk, folk & blues
Songs in Baka, Twa, Mbuti, Lingala? Yes
Born and Raised in Belgium
Dad - Belgian
Mom - Congolese
Notable: Front creative head, songwriter singer for Zap Mama
Genre: Afrosoul, Traditional Central African, RnB, Hip Hop, polyphonic vocal, Jazz
Mzungu Kichaa (Epsen Sorensen)
Songs in Dansk? No
Location: Copenhagen born and Raised in Zambia + Tanzania
Dad - Danish
Mom - Danish
Genre: Rap, Bongo Flava
Namvula (Namvula Mutemba-Rennie)
Songs in Scottish? No
Dad - Zambia
Mom - Scot
Genre: Afrosoul, Latin, Jazz
Nneka (Nneka Egbuna)
English, Pidgin, Igbo
Songs in Deutsch? No
Location: Hamburg. Warri, Lagos
Born and raised in Nigeria
Dad - Nigerian
Mom - German
Genre: Hip Hop, reggae, Soul, RnB
Rhian Benson (Rhiannon Afua Benson)
Ghana - UK
Songs in Twi? No
Born and raised in Ghana
Dad - Ghanaian
Mom - Welsh (UK)
Genre: Hip Hop, Soul, RnB
Songs in Wolof, Mandinka, Fula? No
Born in Sweden and raised in Sweden/Gambia
Mom - Swedish
Genre: Pop-Soul, Hip Hop
English, Ewe, Pidgin
Songs in Hungarian? Yes
Born and raised in Ghana
Dad - Ghanaian
Notable: Lead singer/writer for Irie Maffia of Hungary
Genre: Pop-Soul, Hiplife, Hip Hop, Dancehall, reggae
Stromae (Paul Von Haver)
French. English, Dutch
Songs in Kinyarwanda? No
Born in Belgium
Dad - Rwandan
Mom - Belgian
Genre:Pop, Electronica, House, Hip Hop
Songs in Bambara, Wolof? Yes
Born and Raised in Switzerland
Dad - Senegal
Genre: Afrosoul, Traditional West African, RnB
Wanlov The Kubolor (Emmanuel Owusu-Bonsu)
English, Pidgin, Twi, Ga
Songs in Romanian? Yes
Location: Accra, Bucharest metro area
Born in Romania and raised in Ghana
Dad - Ghanaian
Mom - Romanian
Notable: One-half of Rap duo 'The FOKN BOIS"
Genre: Hip Hop, Hiplife, Afrobeat, Roma
There are the old school musicians of two different parentage such:
Sadé (Helen Folasade Adu)
Songs in Yoruba? No
Born and raised in England
Mom - English
Notable: Never considered her music “Afropean”
Genre: Soul, RnB
Seal (Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel)
Songs in Yoruba? No
Born and raised in England
Mom - Nigerian
Notable: Never considered his music “Afropean”
Genre: Soul, RnB
Then there are the others that have parentage both parentage of Africans but born or raised outside of their parents home country
Asa (Bukola Elemide)
Songs in Yoruba? Yes
Born France and raised in Nigeria
Dad - Nigerian
Mom - Nigerian
Notable: Never considered singing until she experienced early adulthood in France.
Genre: Soul, RnB, Jazz, Indie Pop
Audio: YouTube Audio
Nico & Vinz (Kahouly Nicolay "Nico" Sereba + Vincent "Vinz" Dery)
(Cote D'Ivoire + Ghana) / Norway
Songs in Twi, Diola, French, Norwegian? No
Born and raised in Norway
Dads - Ivorian/Ghanaian
Moms - Nowegian/Ghanaian
Notable: Was formally known as “Envy” before signing with U.S. label Warner Bros.
Genre: Soul, RnB, Pop, Indie Pop, Rap
Rab Bakari hosted a panel along with panelist David Sander (Mandala TV Prod./Coke Studio Africa) and Buddha Blaze Mbasu (Spark Africa) on Thursday, 22 October 2015 in the Cosmopolitan city of Budapest, Hungary.
A Tale of Two Nations:
The creative magic of African-European music artists.
In recent years, a new generation of exciting creative musicians has been emerging from across Africa. Some are based on the continent, some in Europe and North America. They are socially networked artists, just as comfortable in the tough neighborhoods of Africa's biggest cities as they are performing at hip nightclubs in London or European music festivals. They blend hip-hop, house, reggae and rock with various local musical traditions from around Africa. This panel aims to provide a background on the rising new wave of artists representing the heritages of both parents from different continents or claiming both nationalities in their music.
Here is the final list for all 33 categories of the AFRIMA 2015 All Africa Music Awards to be held in Lagos, Nigeria 15 November 2015.
Abel Mulugeta - "Leb Barbamet"
Recipients of the AFRIMA Legendary Award and the Africa Entertainment/Music Journalist Award will be decided by the International Committee of AFRIMA and revealed at the main awards ceremony on Sunday, November 15 while album, songwriter and producer of the year will be wholly decided by the academy.
AFRIMA, in partnership with African Union Commission, AUC, announced the nominees for the 2015 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) at an international media conference which took place on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Nominees are contending for the coveted AFRIMA 23.9 karat gold-plated trophy in 33 categories divided into the regional and continental categories and including the AFRIMA Legend Award and music/entertainment journalist of the year award.
Jury members and AFRIMA International Committee were present to unveil the nominees after a rigorous six day screening exercise which started on Sunday, August 9 and ended on Friday, August 14 which Rab Bakari participated in. Also present at the conference were media practitioners, artistes’ managers, label owners, artistes and other stakeholders who were all excited and expectant as the nominees were being announced.
Giving insight into the criteria by which the nominees list was reached, AFRIMA juror and BBC Radio 3 presenter, Rita Ray explained that the jury panel adhered strictly to the entry submission requirements while being guided by AFRIMA’s core values of FACE IT –Fairness, Authenticity, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency. The voting process began on the Friday, August 21, 2015 and also said the AFRIMA voting online platform will open for an 11 week voting process, while encouraging the public, fans and followers of African music to visit the AFRIMA website, www.afrima.org, to view the nominees in the 29 (open for public voting) categories of the award and vote for their favourite artiste (s).
Revealing programmes of AFRIMA 2015 event, the President/Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada said: “Recipients of the AFRIMA Legendary Award and the Africa Entertainment/Music Journalist Award will be decided by the International Committee of AFRIMA and revealed at the main awards ceremony on Sunday, November 15 while songwriter and producer of the year will be wholly decided by the academy.
AFRIMA 2015 will be held in Nigeria to be broadcast to 84 countries on 109 television stations across the world with the support of its media partners on 15 November 2015.
The word "mixtape is an anachronism. Today's themed compilation offerings are more of a digital download in a zipped bundle containing artwork and individual tracks; or a stream of tracks on Audio Mack, Bandcamp or Soundcloud.
This is not E.L's first effort at "dropping a mixtape". Even this iteration is a part two. His team was ingenious enough to actually print up CD with a sleeve, just to keep the "mixtape" feel.
When you truly think about it, this innovative genius of an artist has given away an excellent body of work for free! Not even a suggested donation was solicited by his label BBnZ. Don't take this gift lightly. Do E.L a favor by spreading the word about this body of work. Support him when he embarks on a showcase or concert in a city near you. Now, let's take a listen to "The B.A.R. 2 mixtape via his official Soundcloud page.
E.l is the star of this "mix stream". He's got this!. His versatility defines him as a true artists. Azonto? Hiplife? Yeah, forget what you heard. He straight up commands Rap/hip Hop effortlessly. He bodies the beat with contemporary lyrics, cadence and delivery.
Who joins hip on this mastery? Well there's his immediate crew members like C-Real, Lil Shaker and Gemini. But others like Ko-Jo Cue, DJ Juls, Reggie Rockstone, Dex Kwasi, Jayso, Joey B, Pappy Kojo, Recognize Ali, KiddBlack and Blackaway join in on the organized fray. DJ Juls, Kluvie, Slimbo and others as well as E.L craft the beats. The message is clear: Accra, Ghana's a viable, bankable rap scene that can hold on any terrestrial radio, TV station in any continent on the Earth.
The kicker track is called "Unity". diiiii! Talk about a "posse cut". This is the ultimate coming from Ghana. No special message, no benefits cause. Just straight braggadocio rap. Just how we used to like it. UNITY features Dex Kwasi, Lil Shaker, Medal, D-Black, Mornin Tee, Gemini, X.O Senavoe, Ko-Jo Cue, Lyrical Wanzam, Stargo, Akatus, Chimney Crane, Cabum, Looney, Slimbo, C-Real, Bebelino, Kay Swag, Dee Money, Pappy Kojo & Joey B. Too many choices to say who's the best. It's not a competition it's unity.
My standout tracks?
"The Ten Rap Commandments"
"King Without A Crown"
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SXSW (South By SouthWest) is back again! 2016 here we come! Let the social campaign begin for Rab/Mixerpot
My panel has been accepted into the first phase for the Music part of SXSW 2016! I need your assistance to turn up the heat!
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How five cities propelled modern African music.
Africa as a continent is often misinterpreted. Many people outside of it fail to realize that it has vibrant and creative urban cosmopolitan areas. How did Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, Luanda & Pretoria/Johannesburg set the template for modern African music? These metro areas are making huge ripples in music creation and style movements associated with various music types. Natural ethnic languages or borrowed European languages are not a barrier for proper introduction to these influential cities to the attendees of SXSW 2016. The innovative sounds + visuals propelled by YouTube, Channel O, BET Int'l, Trace, Sound City and MTV Base along with their respective annual awards ceremonies up the competition and exposure.
PanelPicker Questions Answered
What are some examples of the musical styles from these five African metro areas?
Who are the lead creators of this music the respective five metro areas
How and where can this music be heard, seen, read about and appreciated in North America by SXSW attendees?
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SXSW Music Conference (USA) is an event held every March in Austin, Texas, the SXSW Music and Media Conference aims to educate and inspire musicians and those who work with them. Whether you're a grizzled music biz vet or a wide-eyed newbie, you'll find great discussions and unique opportunities to meet people who can help advance your ambitions. The next one is 15-19 March 2016.
Suba is an events, location-based, central photo stream app for the iOS + Android mobile platforms. This allows a curation of images from many sources at the same event to exist in one stream. The key developers are Ghanaians based in the cosmopolitan city of Accra. Nelson Klutse and Eric Hackman. Nelson and Eric are recipient students of MEST (The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology) campus in Accra. They participated in the MEST incubator program with ample mentorship from Business Development fellow Muhammida el Muhajir.
MEST offers aspiring African entrepreneurs a fully sponsored twelve month, intensive full-time program. Sourced from top graduates in Ghana and Nigeria, 30 of these Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) are selected each year and receive comprehensive training across the spectrum of skills required to build successful tech businesses, including computer programming, software development, product management, finance, marketing, sales and leadership best practices.
After completion of the program, the EITs have the opportunity to pitch a concept. Winning teams receive a seed round from the MEST incubator to pursue their idea. Nelson and Eric hit it big with Meltwater. They needed a marketing plan. The tech stuff was largely completed and primed. Since the entire concept of their app was based upon social use amongst strangers, they needed an influential entity or person that had the reach on thousands of test subjects. They settled on Reggie Rockstone for a number of reasons. Mostly because, he creates specific events, or is an integral part of major events in Ghana and across the African continent. 128,000 Instagram followers; 267,000 Twitter followers, hundreds of thousands that subscribe to his Ghana mobile telecom Instavoice messages and a combined Facebook profile/pages around 62,000 of Reggie is the one who can spark the convergence of the thousand of images #hashtagged on various platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and SnapChat. Although Reggie did invest some monetary capital, the jewel lies in his ability to drum up early adapters and users weekly. Apps like these need to become a universe of it's own to gain acceptance and recognition.
The event was well-attended by other start-up members of MEST, business people, TV, radio and print journalist as well as tech, lifestyle and angel investor bloggers from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.
To see photos from particulate event such as the recent Chale Wote Street Arts festival 2015; download the Suba photo app and search for: #chalewote2015 or visit bit.ly/chalewote15
The KORA All Africa Music Awards are officially open for entries from musicians from across the African continent and the diaspora.
The first music awards ceremony to celebrate excellence in musical artistry in Africa and the diaspora, the KORA Awards are set to take place on the 13th of December, 2015 in Windhoek, Namibia. Featuring 27 categories across regions and genres, there is a monetary reward associated with each trophy, with the main prize, Best Artist of the Continent receiving a grand prize of USD 1 Million.
To be eligible for the Best Artist of the Continent trophy, an artist must have been voted the best of their region on the continent. The financial reward will only be given to award-winners who are in attendance at the awards ceremony – absent artists will be awarded the trophy alone.
The eligiblity requirements for the KORA All-Africa Music Awards 2015 are as follows:
Kora Awards are opened to all musicians, singers of Africa and its diaspora living on the continent or abroad.
The competition includes several awards – each artist may enroll in one or more categories of their choice. The song or songs participating in the competition must have been published between January 1st, 2014 and July 15th , 2015.
The songs must be of quality, must not be damaged and must be readable on any drive.
The artist, author, or composer of the titles in competition must submit his / her application(s) to the KORA Awards’ Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com – the submissions deadline is the 20th July, 2015.
Formal, written authorization must be sent to KORA Awards Committee. This authorization should communicate consent that the KORA Awards can use the artist’s image, videos, music and biography for promotion of the KORA’s 2015 edition. This letter must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The application must include the following elements:
a) digital version of the album
b)Two (2) high-resolution color publicity photographs in jpeg format (ideally between 500KB and 2MB’s) – NOT passport or ID photograph;
c) A biography in French, English and Portuguese.
d) Digital copy of the video (High quality)
ARTISTS CAN SUBMIT THEIR ENTRIES DIGITITALLY VIA DROPBOX OR WETRANSFER TO : firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
KORA All-Africa Music Awards – Categories and Prizes
Best Male Artist – West Africa: 50 000$ USD
Best Female Artist -West Africa :50 000$ USD
Best Male Artist -East Africa: 50 000$ USD
Best Female Artist – East Africa : 50 000$ USD
Best Male Artist – Central Africa: 50 000 $ USD
Best Female Artist – Central Africa: 50 000$ USD
Best Male Artist of Southern Africa : 50 000$ USD
Best Female Artist – Southern Africa : 50 000$ USD
Best Male Artist – North Africa : 50 000$ USD
Best African Group : 20 000$ USD
Best Male Artist – Spiritual Music : 20 000$ USD
Best Female Artist – Spiritual Music : 20 000$ USD
Best Group -Spiritual Music : 20 000$ USD
Best Traditional Music Artist – male :20 000$ USD
Best Traditional Music Artist – Female : 20 000$ USD
Best Traditional Music Group of Africa : 20 000$ USD
Most promising artist – Male : 20 000$ USD
Most promising artist – Female: 20 000$ USD
Best Artist of the African Diaspora : 20 000$ USD
Best Video of the year : 20 000$ USD
Best Collaboration of the year: 20 000$ USD
Best Album of the year: 20 000$ USD
Legend Award : 50 000$ USD
Best Hip Hop Artist : 20 000$ USD
Best Urban Music Artist: 20 000$ USD
Most Downloaded Song of the year: 20 000$ USD
Best Artist of the Continent: 1 000 000$ USD
More the KORA website: www.koraawards.com
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AFRIMA 2015 Entry Submission for music artists is now open until 20 July 2015
…as Africa Union declares music industry vehicle for social development
All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in partnership with the Africa Union Commission, AUC, have opened submission of entries for this year’s edition of the continental awards on Monday, May 18, 2015.
Music professionals of African origin including artistes, songwriters, video directors, music/entertainment journalists and music producers resident on the continent or abroad are eligible to enter in any of the 33 award categories and entry submission closes on Monday, July 20, 2015. Works to be submitted must be produced/released in the year under review –May 31, 2014 to July 20, 2015.
Format of submission: Detailed information about eligibility and format of submission is available on www.afrima.org. Entries should be done by completing the registration form on AFRIMA website while a URL link of the music work on YouTube, SoundCloud, MySpace and other compatible platforms must be included in the space provided on the entry registration form.
For hard copy entries, download the registration form and the completed copy alongside two copies of the entry must be sent to the nearest physical address provided on the AFRIMA website.
The dates for entry submission and closing were recently announced by the AFRIMA President/Executive Producer, Mr. Mike Dada during the AUC-AFRIMA Joint Conference held on April 29, 2015 at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference witnessed by international media, select African musicsuper stars, members of the international committee of AFRIMA and senior AUC officials, also served as a forum for unveiling the AFRIMA 2015 event calendar by the AUC Commissioner of Social Affairs, His Excellency, Dr. Mustapha S. Kaloko who formally declared the 2015 activities of AFRIMA open.
While explaining the series of activities and programmes lined up on the AFRIMA 2015 calendar for African music followers and lovers, Mr. Dada urged talented and eligible music professionals to optimise their chances of earning a nomination for AFRIMA in 2015. The actual awards show will take place in
“Last year, many artistes contacted AFRIMA Regional Directors and Country Directors complaining that they were not nominated. The reality is if an artiste does not submit his or her work during the entry submission window, then he or she misses the opportunity to have the music work considered or even nominated for its merit by the AFRIMA jury”, Dada said.