Following the Africa Union’s declaration that the music industry offers a vehicle for social development, the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) in partnership with the Africa Union Commission (AUC) invite entries for this year’s edition of the continental awards to be submitted between 18 May and 20 July.
The dates for entry submission and closing were recently announced by AFRIMA President Mike Dada during the AUC-AFRIMA Joint Conference on 29 April at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference, which was attended by international media, selected African music superstars, members of AFRIMA’s international committee and senior AUC officials, also served as a forum for the unveiling of AFRIMA’s 2015 event calendar by the AUC Commissioner of Social Affairs, Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, who formally declared the 2015 activities of AFRIMA open.
During his address at the conference, Dr. Kaloko (representing AUC Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma) reiterated the pivotal role of the African music industry in moving forward the Africa Union’s social development agenda. “The AUC has an agenda – not for the governments of Africa alone but also for the young people. Our agenda is to move the continent forward in any way we can. And people from the music industry are one of the best vehicles to move agendas forward. We are proud of you and your achievements in bringing the music of Africa to greater repute around the world,” said Kaloko.
“The AU calendar for Social Affairs wants to use every opportunity available to us for social development and we have particular emphasis on youth because we believe they are the ones who will continue to push the agenda for Africa’s development in the future,” added Kaloko.
While explaining the series of activities and programmes lined up on the AFRIMA 2015 calendar, Dada urged talented and eligible music professionals to optimise their chances of earning a nomination for AFRIMA in 2015. “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,” explained Dada.
The 2014 edition of AFRIMA was held in Lagos, Nigeria on 27 December in partnership with the AUC. The star-studded event was televised live and hosted by award-winning Nigerian star Innocent ‘2Face’ Idibia and bilingual Togolese radio personality, Maryse Acotie. Some of the winners of the night included Ahmed Soultan (Morocco), Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Cindy Munyavi (Zimbabwe), Radio & Weasel (Uganda),Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Davido (Nigeria), Fally Ipupa (DRC) 2face Idibia (Nigeria) and Laurette Le Perle (DRC), among others.
How To Enter
Music professionals of African origin, including recording artists, songwriters, video directors, music/entertainment journalists and music producers (residing both on the continent or abroad), are eligible to enter in any of the 33 award categories. Works to be submitted must be produced in the year under review: 31 May 2014 to 20 July 2015. Entry submissions close on Monday 20 July 2015.