Organisers of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have closed the submission of entries for its third edition. By the 30 July deadline, nearly 3000 entries had been received.
The exact number of entries received was 2714—from an assortment of African music artists, music professionals and other stakeholders living on the continent and in the Diaspora.
Judging the entries will follow, with nominees announced a while later. All of these leading to the award ceremony itself due to take place in November.
Speaking about the third edition of the awards and the submissions, the President and Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada said, “The passion to celebrate Africa’s cultural uniqueness through her talents will continue to build until it peaks during the grand awards ceremony in November. I am happy about the high votes recorded this year which is an improvement on the number of entries submitted in 2015.
“The digitalised screening of entries by the International Jury of AFRIMA will commence soon after. This adjudication exercise will culminate in the announcement of AFRIMA 2016 Nominees List on a day to follow.
“Meanwhile, the 13-person International Jury of AFRIMA which represents the five regions of Africa, the Diaspora and the AUC are expected to enter into seven-day seclusion for the crucial responsibility of screening, categorising, assessing and selecting nominees from the body of works submitted for award consideration. Concluding the adjudication process will be the World Media Announcement of the 2016 AFRIMA Nominees List in all 34 categories.”
In partnership with the African Union Commission, AUC, the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is a music and cultural initiative developed to celebrate, reward and showcase the rich musical heritage of Africa, stimulate conversations among Africans and between Africa. Last year's event was hosted in Lagos, Nigeria.
The third AFRIMA ceremony holds on 4-6 November 2016.