The organisers of the All Africa Music Awards are planning big for the grand finale of the event which takes place in Lagos, December 27
THE All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in collaboration with the African Union Commission, AUC, is bringing the 2014 event to a close with a show-stopping awards ceremony on Saturday, December 27. The event will hold at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
AFRIMA and AUC will be rewarding excellence in the continental music and media industry at the main awards ceremony which will be preceded by an African music summit themed “Reviving the Business of Music in Africa” on Saturday morning. The summit is a platform for the African and global music industry stakeholders to network and deliberate on how the music industry can be nurtured and structured to be a major contributor to national and continental economies.
In the course of the invite-only award ceremony night, more than 30 of AFRIMA’s 23.9-carat gold-plated trophies will be received by music acts or groups in their respective categories. The trophy recipients will also include an AFRIMA Legend Awardee and the African Entertainment/Music Journalist of the year. To spice up the proceedings will be sizzling performances from some of Africa’s top performing artistes and bands.
“There is so much excitement in store for guests who attend both the Africa Music Summit and AFRIMA main award ceremony. The Summit provides ample opportunity for robust and strategic deliberations on developing the African music industry to compete with the better developed industries around the globe”, said Delani Makhalima, AFRIMA Juror from Zimbabwe.
Makhalima also said: “When we are done with the vital intellectual aspect of the event calendar, all attention turns to the glamourous, star-studded, cultural concept award ceremony for a fitting finale to the last weekend in 2014. AFRIMA is eager to welcome our African music stars from within and outside the continent, officials of the African Union Commission, members of the International Committee of AFRIMA and special guests”.
Although committed to delivering a world-class 2014 award event, the international committee of AFRIMA reveals that part of the ceremony’s programme will pay tribute to lives affected by the scourge of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in some West African states and terrorist insurgency in Northern Nigeria, Somalia and part of Kenya – both disturbing trends had necessitated the rescheduling of the award ceremony.
The 2014 edition of the African Music award opened entry submission in 31 categories from May 15 to July 21, the deadline for submission of entries. A total of 2,025 entries which were received were assessed by African music industry artistes, professionals and journalists. The AFRIMA nominees announced on Tuesday, September 23, amidst world media fanfare, with popular African music names jostling alongside emerging music forces for space on the list. The public and AFRIMA Academy voting which began on the AFRIMA www.afrima.org on September 30 and ended November 4 was extended by three weeks only ending on Tuesday, November 25. The extension allowed African music fans and followers more time to vote for their favourite artistes.
— Dec. 8, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT