AFRIMA Releases Award Categories

-Artistes to submit entries online

Following the historic event which saw Nigeria emerged as the winner of the hosting right of AFRIMA (Africa Music Awards),on Sunday October 6,2013, The AFRIMA International Committee has officially released 31 award categories for the much anticipated event which would be divided into the Regional and Non-Regional categories.
The Regional categories include:
 Best MaleArtiste of Eastern Africa
 Best Female Artiste of East Africa
 Best Male Artiste Central Africa
 Best Female Artiste Central Africa
 Best Male Artistein Southern Africa
 Best Female Artiste of Southern Africa
 Best Male Artiste in North Africa
 Best Female Artiste in North Africa
 Best Male Artiste of West Africa
 Best Female Artiste of West Africa
 Best African Group
While the Non-Regional categories include:
 Best Male Artiste inspirational Music
 Best Female Artiste inspirational music
 Best inspirational Music Group
 Best Traditional African Male Artiste
 Best Traditional African Female Artiste
 Best Traditional African Group
 Revelation of the African continent
 Most promising African Artiste of the Continent
 Producer of the Year
 Artiste of the year
 Song of the year
 Video of the year
 Song writer of the year
 Album of the year
 r ‘N’ b Single of the year
pop Single of the year Contemporary song of the year
 rap Single of the year
 Collabo of the year
 Live performance of the year
 Ragga/Raggae music of the year
 Music /Entertainment Journalist of the year
 AFRIMA Legend 2014
With these categories, AFRIMA will reflect the music of the entire continent.
Michael Strano, Regional Director, AFRIMA, East Africa and co-producer says,“The African continent has had her fair share of award events but AFRIMA also stands out by being the only one that would honour music professionals, who operate behind the scenes; who have hitherto been neglected because awards organisers largely see their activities as trivial. For the very first time, honour would be accorded people who are engaged in the art of song writing, producing and music/entertainment journalism.”
As the excitement of this Pan-African platform to honour music professionals continues to reverberate, it is pertinent to note that African artistes have the opportunity to embrace this revolution by entering their works digitally to compete in one or more of the 31 categories. The entries start from March 28, 2014 and would run till June 20, 2014 in accordance with the tentative 2014 calendar which is expected to be ratified at the AFRIMA International committee’s conference in Cotonou, Benin Republic from November 21-24,2013 where 5 Regional directors and 32 country directors are expected to attend.The entries will include the video, the song, and profile update of the artiste only.
Another innovative side to AFRIMA 2014 is the live performances by different artistes at the AFRIMA Village which would run from October 21, 2014 to October 24, 2014.
The novelty in AFRIMA is the introduction oflive-changing prizesfor the Promising Artiste of the Year; Revelation Artiste of the Year, the Producer of the Year, songwriter of the year and music /entertainment journalist of the year. This is aimed at appreciating and rewarding their passion in promoting the rich cultural heritage of African music. In order to inspire the public to participate in the process leading to selection, there will be motivation prizes for participants of SMS voting and event promo-“do you know Africa”; in addition to lots of freebies for early purchasers of the event ticket.
According to Mike Dada, Chief Executive Officer, PRM Africa and the executive producer of AFRIMA, the first awards show will be held on Saturday, October 25,2014 and would be broadcast live on local and international media platforms including Canal France International CFI and partner stations in Africa. However, the award ceremony will be preceded by African music summit on October 23 and 24, 2014 targeted at discussing and finding solutions to the issues that have been militating against the growth of business of music in Africa.
In order to draw attention to the African music scene, the organisers are also taking the award on a road show tagged “AFRIMA Bus Tour of Africa” to major cities in Africa. Already, arrangements have been concluded to host AFRIMA concert in cities in New York, London and Paris under the theme: ‘On the Road to AFRIMA’.
“On the Road to AFRIMA’ will culminate in a four-city live concert that would be staged in 4 African cities of Dak’aar, Kampala, Doula and Johannesburg to give the continent pre-event feelings of what to expect
“Africa Music Awards will provide opportunities to showcase our strength as Africans for global competitiveness and project our musical and cultural values from our perception in an unambiguous manner that reflects our heritage and bright future. Without doubt, AFRIMA’s highpoint rests on the design to collaborate with the African Union (AU), to foster unity, peace and love among African nations.
“The time is now to clutch the prestigious “Djemba drum and Microphone”, AFRIMA’s Plaque for winners,” – Dada said

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