Public voting on the AFRIMA website, www.afrima.org has been opened on Monday, August 21, 2017.
(Although the first page opens up to "Artist of the Year" look to the TOP-RIGHT for the pull down menu for the other regional + continental categories comprising the OTHER 32 nomination areas to place a vote)
The full nominees list of 33 categories comprising of the Regional Category which covers the five African regions and the genre-based Continental Category was revealed to the media and on AFRIMA digital media platforms.
From August 21 – November 11, music lovers across the continent will be empowered to vote for their favorite artistes in Regional and Continental categories during the voting period that will be ongoing for 11 weeks on the AFRIMA website. The works that were reviewed and assessed by the AUC-AFRIMA's 13-man are strictly within the year in review (August 1,2016 –July 17,2017).
The public voting process is part of AFRIMA's core values, FACE-IT, which asserts that the process must exude Fairness, Authenticity, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency. This empowerment process is part of the participation culture that the African Union Commission and AFRIMA embody. In addition, the AFRIMA Academy, comprising of music production experts and analysts, will also be involved in the open online voting process.
The 2017 AFRIMA will hold from November 10 to 12 featuring a rich programme of events such as the Africa Music Business Roundtable (November 10), which garners the big music brands in the continent's music industry, to deliberate on the nurturing and packaging of the industry in a way that creates jobs and adds to the GDP of the continent.
Other events are the AFRIMA Music Village (November 10), an evening of a non-stop open music festival of live performances from the African stars and nominees, with an expected audience of 20,000 people; The Main Awards Ceremony (November 12); a glittery, star-studded and world-class event with live performances and television broadcast to 84 countries on 109 television stations around the world.
In partnership with the African Union Commission, AFRIMA is aimed at celebrating the rich musical heritage of the African continent. It employs the tool of music to encourage unity, cooperation, interaction, partnerships and progress in the continent. It will be broadcast live to over 84 countries around the world.