AFRIMA UNVEILS 2016 CALENDAR IN BANJUL

Many practitioners in the music industry gathered in Banjul, Gambia last week, at the behest of the African Union and the All Africa Music Award, where they discussed matters affecting the industry.

The AU and AFRIMA, however, also used the opportunity to unveil the awards’ calendar for 2016.

According to a report from AFRIMA, the edition tagged AFRIMA 3.0 has begun as entries opened on Monday, May 30.

 It noted that the AUC-AFRIMA Conference was attended by officials of the African Union, AFRIMA 2015 winners, and stakeholders in the creative and entertainment industry in Africa, media executives and musical artistes.

The statement added, “Formally declaring the activities of AFRIMA 2016 opened at the event, the Head of Culture, African Union Commission, Ms. Angela Martins, posited that The African Union was pushing forward its developmental agenda and policies through the AFRIMA platform. The calendar of AFRIMA 3.0 was announced with a take-off date for  submissions of entries for AFRIMA 2016 via the online platform on www.afrima.org. The submission of entries for the 2016 edition of the awards starts on Monday, May 30 and closes Saturday, July 30, 2016.”

The President and Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada, was quoted as urging all artistes, managers, producers, record label owners, publicists and agents to submit their works or those of their artistes within the stipulated time in order to stand a chance at the awards.

“No matter how popular an artiste or their works are, if they don’t submit them for the awards, they will stand no chance of winning as the AFRIMA jury will not go sourcing for artistes, works themselves,’’ he said.

Dada noted that the AFRIMA Jury would screen the nominees from August 2 to August 16. The full list of nominees will be announced on August 17, 2016.

“However, he said the voting period for the general public commences from August 26, 2016 while that of the AFRIMA Academy would start on September 26.The entire voting process will close on November

5, 2016. Also, there will be a Nominees Party in Nigeria on November 3, 2016, while the Africa Music Summit, where the African music industry will be discussed, and AFRIMA Music Village, will hold on November 4 .The grand finale, the AFRIMA awards ceremony, which is the third edition, holds in Nigeria on Sunday November 6, 2016.The eventual host  city in Nigeria will be announced later in the year by the African  Union.”

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