The fifth edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in partnership with the African Union Commission, has debuted four new award categories to enjoin inclusiveness and expand the playing field in the awarding process for African music and creative professionals who have begun to send in their entries for the 5th AFRIMA on the online submission portal that opened on Friday, May 25 to commemorate the 2018 Africa Day.
The newly introduced award categories namely African DJ of the Year; Best African Dance/Choreography; African Lyricist/Rapper of the Year and Best African Act in Diaspora (Female & Male), were carefully arrived at after extensive consultations with African music stakeholders which included the AFRIMA Academy of Voters and members of the International Committee of AFRIMA in response to the yearnings and requests of stakeholders, DJ’s, dancers and artistes in diaspora.
This process attests to the objective of AFRMA to use the African creative industry to showcase the unique cultural heritage of Africa to the rest of the world while celebrating innovations and diversification in Africa’s contemporary music industry.
AFRIMA awards categories are divided into two: Continental and Regional categories. The Continental Category rewards African artistes in various music genres and forms ranging from pop, hip hop, inspirational, jazz, electro, DJ and more, while the Regional Category celebrates the outstanding achievements of African artistes within their specific region of origin.
African DJ of the Year; Best African Dance/Choreography; African Lyricist/Rapper of the Year and Best African Act in Diaspora all fall under the Continental Category. In addition, the Best African Act in Diaspora is dedicated to artistes with African roots/origin who practice their craft in the international music industry and have prominence and renowned on the international music stage. The artiste’s music style could either be in the traditional or contemporary forms of expression.
Commenting on the welcome development, the Jury Member representing Africa music in the Diaspora (North America), Hadja Kobélé Keita said: “AFRIMA have given African artistes, for the past few years, an opportunity to capture the attention of an extension and comparatively distinct swath of the public, while emphasising on the unique importance of our diverse African musical culture.
The addition of the Diaspora category is a direct emphasis on the critical role Africans in diaspora have as the ambassador of our culture on a global scale”. Music videos, songs or recordings sent to the AFRIMA online submission platform www.afrima.org must be produced, recorded or written (in the case of songwriters) by African music professionals and publicly released within the eligibility period of August 1, 2017 to August 1, 2018.
The award is open to music artistes, producers, songwriters, video directors,DJs, choreographers/dancers who stand a chance to win the AFRIMA 23.9k gold-plated trophy in one or more of the awards 36 categories.
AFRIMA also has a special AFRIMA Legend Award category which recognises the special lifetime achievements of living or dead African music icon as jointly determined by the African Union, International Committee of AFRIMA and the AFRIMA Jury.
Following the culmination of submission period is the adjudication process where the AFRIMA 13-man Jury will, over two weeks, oversee the thorough and fair screening, categorising and assessment of entries received. The adjudication period ends with the unveiling of the AFRIMA 2018 Nominees List.
The 5th AFRIMA with the theme “Africa is Music” will be celebrating the innovative sounds created by African artistes promoting the dynamism of traditional and contemporary African music, while creating a global market for the sustainability of African arts and culture.
Also to be featured as part of activities scheduled for the main awards events is the Africa Music Business Roundtable, a combination of musical conference and trade expo where stakeholders in the creative and arts industry come together to discuss the business of music in Africa.
There is also the AFRIMA Music Village, a music concert and cultural festival that accommodates over 40,000 music lovers across the continent who witness live performances from their favourite African artistes.
The main awards ceremony is slated to come up in November 2018 and it will be broadcast live to 84 countries around the globe.
UBA Ghana Donates African Literature Books To Four Senior High Schools To Mark Internatonal Day Of The African Child
UBA Ghana has donated boxes of various African Literature Books to four Senior High Schools to commemorate the 2021 International Day of the African Child
The beneficiary schools were Accra Academy Senior High School, Accra Girls’ Senior High School, Teshie Technical Institute all in the Greater Accra region and St Paul’s SHS in the Volta region.
The International Day of the African Child, is a day set aside to by the United Nations to celebrate Africa children on the 16th of June every year.
This donation is in line with the UBA Foundation commitment to the education of African Youth through the Read Africa Project.
Presenting the books to the various schools, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Henry Nii Dottey, said UBA is committed to rekindle the dwindling reading culture amongst African youths.
“The passion for reading informative and educative books is fast eroding due to the advent of materials on the internet and media content and this is part of the ills we want to correct in the continent’s educational sector”, he said.
He added: “Having identified the need to curb the trend across the continent, the UBA Foundation through the Read Africa has been donating books to encourage reading among junior and senior secondary schools students across Africa”.
Mr. Dottey also used the opportunity to call upon the schools to actively participate in this year’s National Essay Competition. He noted the National Essay Competition provides funding of up to US$10,000 annually and encourage all students to participate in order for them to enhance their chances of living the dreams of tertiary education in any part of Africa.
He added that the vision of Tony Elumelu through the Africapitalism project which seeks to use African resources to develop Africa can only start with the education of our people.
Mr. Emmanuel Ofoe Fiemawhle, Headmaster of Accra Academy and Mrs. Gifty Andoh, Headmistress of Accra Girls’ Senior High Schools both expressed their gratitude to UBA for the kind gesture demonstrated towards their schools.
They both assured UBA that the schools will put the books to good use and ensure students read them while encouraging them to start preparing towards this year’s National Essay Competition.
Sidney Williams tells Hammer, “You Know Too Well Not To Kiss Shatta Wale’s Ass.”
Sidney A. Williams, a Ghanaian entertainment critic and former radio producer for Y107.9FM in Accra, is dissatisfied with the recent words of renowned music producer Edward Nana Poku Osei, also known as “Hammer.”
Sidney’s dissatisfaction comes at the back of Hammer’s recent utterances about Ghanaian journalist Arnold Asamoah Baidoo who described dancehall artiste Shatta Wale as the most “inconsistent and confused” artist.
In a post, Hammer shared a different opinion saying;
“I can’t believe people are celebrating you for being so disrespectful to another human being in the name of what, opinion?” You people live quietly behind closed doors with your imperfections and just because someone’s life is public you think you can have an opinion?
In a new video shared on YouTube, Sidney who feels disappointed at Hammer’s utterances is heard saying;
“The attack on Arnold is so unfair. It’s so uncalled for. Knowing who Hammer is and the kind of things he’s doing can only be equated to ass-kissing. When people go wrong, it’s only right you allow them to be straightened than to jump behind them for whatever reason.”
He went ahead to advise Hammer to protect his image than speak to kiss ass which will eventually open him up for attacks and insults.
“You only need to be protecting your legendary status and achievements at this time than opening yourself up for attacks for actually saying things that lacks credence.”
Watch Sidney Williams speak out on the Shatta Wale, Hammer and Arnold debacle.
Kida Kudz Celebrates 2pac’s Birthday In Epic Tribute Video For ‘Makaveli’
Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter hailing from London via Lagos and back Kida Kudz shares an unbelievable tribute video for ‘Makaveli’, his sonic homage to the late Tupac Shakur.
Referencing the ‘Hit ‘Em Up (Dirty)’ video, the Biggie & Tupac Doc by Nick Broomfield, the iconic NY Times cover alongside Snoop and Suge Knight, his appearance in Juice and more – it’s a perfectly executed tribute that was conceptualised and styled by Kida himself.
A track that he recorded at home in the UK where he was speaking about how he and his people move in life, ‘All my jigga’s anti-social’, it naturally progressed into being quite inspired by Makaveli and Tupac’s spirit and attitude – one of his biggest influences.
Following the lyrically potent first single Animalistic’ that explored incarceration and his euphoric house and dancehall infused Bella Smhurda assisted ‘Ball Till We Fall’, ‘Makaveli’ is the third single taken from his highly anticipated new mixtape TOP MEMBA out July 9th and available to pre-order now.
Speaking on the video, Kida said: “Makaveli was shot by my friend Visionnaire Pictures. The idea came from both of us putting our heads together to think of the best 2Pac images and recreate them on a budget in the studio. I styled myself using vintage pieces and a lot of clothes I already owned as I love 90’s fashion… I got the pieces from my wardrobe, ordered some, and got my family members to help out with styling …The thought was to bring 2pac back to life, trying to get it as close as possible…. It’s an energised video from head to toe.”
Since its announcement and release of accompanying singles this Spring, TOP MEMBA is already set to scorch the scene this summer with early support from the likes of Highsnobiety, The Line of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy, Notion, CLASH, DJ Target and more. Aptly and affectionately named after Kida’s fans to whom this mixtape is dedicated to, this highly anticipated 10-tracker was written in the afterglow of the birth of his first son at his home in London, making this his most intent and personal body of work to date.
Born in ‘IB City’ Ibadan, Nigeria and raised by his serial entrepreneur mother, Kida Kudz always had an intense love for music counting the likes of Lil Wayne, Tupac, DMX, BBK, Fela Kuti, Haruno Ishola, Tuface and Ebenezer Obey as some of his most vital influences. After winning two high profile talent competitions in Nigeria as a young boy, Kida’s unrelenting work ethic and drive led him to move to London, UK, when he was 14 to take his craft more seriously studying Music Technology, Audio Engineering, Music Business and Media Production at college and university.
Thrust into a completely new environment and culture at such a decisive age, like many young African immigrants in the UK Kida battled with issues around acceptance and identity but found solace in music. The sound you hear today self-coined ‘AFRO JIGGY’ is the perfect manifestation Kida’s dual identity and artistic sensibilities blending the best the UK and Africa has to offer that’s lead him to collaborate with the likes of Ms Banks and Pa Salieu on Juls’ ‘Like Tu Danz’, Burna Boy on the ‘Issa Vibe Remix’ and Chip on his 2020 debut mixtape Nasty with the single ‘Red Flag’.
No stranger to the limelight, Kida Kudz’ authentic, intelligent and vibrant output has had incredible co-signs from Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky as well as gaining fans in the likes of HYPEBEAST, RedBull, TRENCH, GRM Daily, Complex, Hunger, CLASH and more. He has graced festival stages from Oh My to Afronation and his distinguished personal style and keen eye for fashion has led to collaboration with Daily Paper, Tommy Hilfiger, Clarks and more.
TOP MEMBA TRACKLIST:
- Figure 8 Ft. Gemitaz
- Nobody Ft. Tanika
- Cherry Mango Ft. Made Kuti
- Ball Till We Fall Ft. Bella Shmurda
- Ghetto Riddim Ft Bobby 6ix & Daddy 1
- Never Saw Us
WATCH: ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli-video
STREAM/SHARE ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli
PRE-ORDER TOP MEMBA: https://platoon.lnk.to/Top-Memba
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