Public voting for the nominees in the different categories of the third edition of All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) opened on 12 September and will end 5 November on the voting platform domiciled on www.afrima.org.
The nomination categories of the awards, which will take place on 4-6 November 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria, include different music genres, as well as coveted categories of ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’, ‘Best Video in Africa’, ‘Best Producer in Africa’, ‘Best Songwriter in Africa’ and ‘Revelation of the Year in Africa’.
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.
AFRIMA director of communication/sponsorship, Matlou 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.”
In partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the official host city, Lagos State, AFRIMA 2016 calendar of events for 4-6 November 2016 will include, the Africa Music Business Summit; the AFRIMA Music Village – an open concert-style festival featuring nominees and other top billed music stars; and finally, the grand awards ceremony on Sunday, 6 November.
AFRIMA, in conjunction with the AUC, celebrates the best talent in the African music industry – which aligns with the vision of the African Union to foster peace, unity and development through cultural expressions and creative enterprise. // Vivian Asamoah