Two Gambian artistes have been nominated for the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) slated on 6 November, 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria.
T Smallz has been nominated with his latest single “Guewel” under best African reggae-ragga, while Jizzle has been nominated with his single “Man of the year” featuring Artenola under best African hip-hop song.
Public voting for the nominees in the different categories of the awards opened on September 12 and ends Saturday November 5.
In partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Official Host City, Lagos State, AFRIMA 3.0. Calendar of events for November 4-6, 2016 will include the Africa Music Business Summit on Friday, November 4, and the AFRIMA Music Village, an open concert-style festival featuring nominees and other top billed music stars.
The grand awards ceremony will be on Sunday, November 6 with over 6,000 guests expected in Lagos for the various events. All roads lead to Lagos!
The 22 continental nomination categories include different music genres, as well as coveted categories of “Artiste of the Year in Africa”, “Best Video in Africa”, “Best Producer in Africa”, “Best Songwriter in Africa” and “Revelation of the Year in Africa”.
This year also saw the introduction of an innovative category by the International Jury of AFRIMA, titled “African Fans Favourite”, to recognise African artistes who create chartbusting, anthemic songs that propel the artistes to great popularity within and outside their respective countries and regions.
Reiterating the Jury’s position on fairness and transparency, Associate Producer, AFRIMA, Ms. Adenrele Niyi, said the gap between when the Regional and Continental Nominees List were released was necessary for the Jury to “painstakingly review and grade the qualified entries submitted and carefully and accurately fit them into their appropriate categories”.
“There is the need to be accurate right from the process of verifying eligibility of entries, to the process of collating and finalising results. Screening and selection of entries are evolving processes which we work painstakingly at to ensure transparency and fairness”, Ms. Niyi stated.
The Regional Categories which featured Best Female Artistes and Best Male Artistes of the five regions, nominated 65 artistes while 184 nominees make up the newly released continental categories with online public voting beginning on September 12 on the AFRIMA voting platform domiciled on www.afrima.org
Also commending the commitment of the AFRIMA Jury to the adjudication process, Director of Communication/Sponsorship, AFRIMA, Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi, observed that having been tasked with the responsibility, the Jury dedicates time and effort to get the best expressions of the rich African cultural heritage in music.
Ms. Tsotetsi said: “The urbane mix of African sounds in sync with modern tunes and works that promote the positive image of Africa to the world are some of the guidelines the Jury worked with during the screening/selection exercise.
AFRIMA will continue to maintain exemplary standards and uphold African music and culture as it has done since inception in 2014. The process is very transparent and the public can follow the entire process online and make any enquiries to the AFRIMA Secretariat”, she concluded.