By Simon Asare, GNA
Accra, Aug. 6, GNA - The organisers of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have confirmed that, they have received a total of 8,009 songs/videos entries on its online portal, for the fifth edition of its annual awards fixed for November 25.
This year’s entries recorded an increase of 63% against the 2017 edition of 4,816 entries, which includes artistes, music producers, songwriters, Disc Jockeys (DJs), video directors among others, as at the close of entry submission on August 1.
The AFRIMA awards, which represents the most prestigious music event in Africa, consist of 36 categories with the International Committee of AFRIMA and the Jury members of AFRIMA, as the panel that would determine participants, who would make the final shortlist.
The African Union, who are major stakeholders in the AFRIMA, in a press statement commended participants for submitting the entries as they seek to transform and develop the cultural and creative industries within various African countries.
"The AU commends the creative sector of Africa for participating so well in the AFRIMA entry submission process which closed on 1st August 2018 and in ensuring that the music industry remains relevant for the sustainable growth of Africa’s economy which the African Union (AU) is championing through the cultural and creative agenda.
‘’The receipt in the All Africa Music Awards platform, this year, of over 8,000 of entries across the five (5) regions of Africa shows clearly the growth and importance of this continent wide platform in the promotion and development of the cultural and creative industries on the continent more specifically the creative industry of music.
‘’The significant rise in the entries, has also shown that African talents spread across the continent are awakening to the call to promote our cultural and creative industry continentally as well as to the world at large. The continent’s creative industry can only grow when we give relevant support to our creative talent and craft.
‘’Thus, the AUC calls upon AU Member States, and other stakeholders in the music industry to continue supporting its efforts in the development and promotion of the creative economy sector through the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) platform and other Pan-African cultural initiatives, "AU commissioner, Mr. Machacha Shepande said in a statement.
AFRIMA is an awards scheme designed to promote the distinct rich African music worldwide, engaging millions of fans by propelling African music to glorious pinnacles beyond the borders of Africa.