As preparations for the 2018 edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA reach top gear, a 13-man International Jury scheduled to screen nominees who have entered for the awards are expected to arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday.
Reports say the Jury will engage in a week-long adjudication process following the closing of entries where 8,009 songs/videos were received for the 5th edition of the annual awards event.
The Jury’s responsibility involves screening, categorising, assessing, grading and selecting nominees into the 38 different Regional and Continental awarding categories who will vie for the 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy.
According to reports, the eminent AFRIMA International Jury is populated by two members drawn from each region of Africa; one African music professional each representing the Diaspora; (i.e. Europe and North America), and a representative of the African Union Commission.
The Jury members include; Joet of Tanzania, Tabu Osusa of Kenya, Charles Tabu of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bob Ekule of Cameroon, Omar Essaidi of Morocco, DJ Delani Makhalima of Zimbabwe, Chris Syren of South Africa, Olisa Adibua of Nigeria and David Tayorault of Cote dÍvoire.
Reports say entries for this year’s edition of the award ceremony is recorded as the highest number of entries from African artistes, music producers, songwriters, Disc Jockeys.
The record entry shows an increase of 63% as against the 2017 edition of 4,816 entries and it is a positive marker that has elicited satisfaction from the African Union, the International Committee of AFRIMA as well as the Jury members of AFRIMA.
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