The sixth edition of the All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) is scheduled to hold its award ceremony today, November 23, and an amazing list of African stars are set to perform at the event. Among them are the Kenyan afro pop band Sauti Sol, the Congolese singer Fally Ipupa, South African Nasty C, 2Baba, Ghanaian Stonebwoy, Teni, and the Togolese musical group Toofan.
The lined-up artistes are expected to cap the three-day event, which is returning to Lagos for the fifth time. The 2018 award took place in Ghana and was expected to be hosted by the Gold Coast, but the country was unable to meet the standards of the International Committee of the show and this led to the withdrawal of their hosting rights.
The Federal Government and corporate entities like Ecobank, MTN Nigeria, Daar Group and Coca Cola are supporting the show. The theme is ‘Feel Africa’, and the Associate Co-producer and jury member Olisah Adibua, expressed confidence that the 2019 award will be exceptional.
“We have seen African music and arts industry grow, although haphazardly, but AFRIMA has taken up the big task to revive the industry and showcase Africa to the rest of the world. In addition, the platform has been able to use music as one of the most powerful tools to bring attention to various world issues like xenophobia, climate change, economy, population, and many more in order to create a positive change to these issues.”
The awards night will celebrate and reward talents and crafts of African artiste who were nominated in the 36 categories, and also the AFRIMA Legendary Awards, which is a non-voting category dedicated to honour individuals who have impacted positively to the music world using their craft, position or personality.
The three-day event kicked off on Wednesday with a welcome soiree for guests and dignitaries, followed by AFRIMA Village, a themed music concert on Thursday. The Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS) held on Friday, at the Fantasia Hall, Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos while the AFRIMA Nominees Party, an exclusive party themed ‘Fire and Ice’ also held at the Landmark Beach, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos, later that evening. The main awards ceremony which will take place today,will be broadcast live to over 84 countries.
Culled from AllAfrica