Nearly 5,000 entries from African music artistes and music professionals across the continent have been received by organisers of the 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA.
The staggering number of entries came to light after the African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA had opened the 2017 AFRIMA Call for Entries on May 8 giving opportunity to African music artistes, record producers, songwriters, video directors and music journalists to enter their qualified works for this year’s event.
The break down for entries received for 2017 put at 4,816 is an astronomical increase from the 2,714 number of entries received in 2016 which amounts to a whopping 77.25% increase compared to last year.
Analysis also reveal the regions with the highest entries with East Africa, amassing 47% of the total entries and West Africa, with 30%.
The AFRIMA International Advisor and member of the International Committee, Mr. Rikki Stein while expressing his delight at the number of entries received said; “This is tremendous news, indicative of an increasingly healthy music industry across Africa, particularly from a creative perspective”.
Continuing, the former friend and Manager to African music legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti also added that; “As one by one, African artistes are making their mark in the wider world, acting as ambassadors of their countries and their culture, the eyes and ears of that wider world are opening and turning towards Africa as the source of much more than entertainment. In its finest form, as will be evident among AFRIMA nominees and eventual winners, they provide an antidote to negativity and cynicism, offering a healing form for ailments of heart and spirit; what Fela used to call “The Underground Spiritual Game”.
Following the the close of the two-month entry submission process on Monday, July 17, the 13-man AFRIMA Jury will review the 4,816 entries to determine the works of African talents that are adjudged on merit to be on the AFRIMA 2017 nominees list.