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AFRICAN UNION UNVEILS THE 6TH ALL AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS (AFRIMA) CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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The African Union Commission, AUC, has formally unveiled the 2019 All Africa Music Awards, tagged; 6TH AFRIMA, calendar of events at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday, May 13, 2019.

In a press release signed by the Acting Director, Social Affairs Department, African Union Commission, Mr. Machacha Shepande, the first activity on the continental awards event calendar is submission of entries which open globally on www.afrima.org to African music professionals either living on the continent or in the diaspora from Wednesday, May 15 and closes on Friday, August 2, 2019. Further details on entry submission guidelines are available on the AFRIMA website.

The submission of songs and videos must be produced or released under the year in review i.e. August 1, 2018 to August 2, 2019. African music artistes, managers, producers, record label owners, recording companies, video directors, Disc Jockeys, Choreographers/dancers, publicists and entertainment/music journalist are eligible to submit their works or submit on behalf of their clients in any of the 36 AFRIMA award categories.

Other activities on the event calendar are; the 13-man jury adjudication process and nominees selection from August 6 to August 12. A ‘World Media Announcement of 6TH AFRIMA Nominees’ List’ will take place on August 13 to publicly unveil African artistes and/or works that have been nominated in the regional and continental categories leading to winners of the AFRIMA 23.9 carat gold plated trophy.

On August 19, ‘AFRIMA Public Voting’ process will open to academy of voters, African music fans and followers around the globe which closes 24 hours before the main awards ceremony, and would be monitored and audited by a reputable International Auditing Firm.

According to the press statement, The Main Awards Ceremony, a four-day fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentricism and entertainment, holds from November 6 to November 9 in the official awards Host City. It will be preceded by Welcome Soiree, AFRIMA Music Village, the Host City Tour, the Africa Music Business Summit, and the exclusive Nominees Party.

Other build up activities leading up to the main awards ceremony include conferences, stakeholders meetings, festivals, speaking engagements, University Campus Concert and courtesy visits to heads of governments and leaders of institutions in corporate and government sectors across the five regions of Africa to achieve an all-round engagement with all relevant AFRIMA stakeholders.

AFRIMA, in partnership with the African Union, is a music property that recognises and rewards the work and talent of a myriad of African artistes from the old to the new generation of musicians. It also stimulates conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the potential of the creative arts for real humanizing enterprise on the continent, contributing significantly to social cohesion, national, regional and continental integration as well as sustainable development in Africa. The live awards show is broadcast to over eighty countries around the world.

The 2018 edition of AFRIMA awards ceremony was hosted by the Republic of Ghana, through the partnership of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Fans of African music globally can follow along and take part in the AFRIMA 2019 events on social media, live stream on the AFRIMA website, the AFRIMA App and by tuning to over 84 television stations which are AFRIMA partners.

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MzVee Endorses Geisha’s Natural Skincare Range

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The natural skincare range in Ghana is the fastest growing in the beauty category, with many leaning towards organic and natural skincare products due to their eco-friendly nature and the adverse effects of using synthetic and chemicalized products.

Consumers are savvy now more than ever and with the help of social media, industry experts, key opinion leaders and influencers who have tested and tried products that are more useful than others help to share knowledge on the ‘must go to’ products for any and everything including skincare products.

These influencers include MzVee, who has recently shone light to this new normal of using natural skincare products.

Popularly known as a natural girl especially after her hit song, “Natural Girl,” she was recently unveiled the new brand ambassador for Geisha’s new range of natural products; Geisha Moringa Oil and Geisha Black Soap, and has used the platform to carry on the message of the essence of being a natural girl in totality especially since many youths look up to her as an icon to emulate in terms of her natural glowing skin aside her artistry.

According to MzVee, “we don’t get to choose many things in this life, so I choose to use the best soap that helps me to look all natural always. I use Geisha African Strength, which is the Geisha Moringa and Black soap to give my skin a soft and glowing skin which is for all skin types”.

Geisha moringa soap is made up of glycerin and moringa oil, these ingredients help to moisturize the skin leaving it soft, moisturize and glowing whiles Geisha black soap has uniquely crafted cleansers combined with activated charcoal and cocoa butter that is able to cleanse your skin leaving it smooth and glowing.

She advises that long stressful and tiring days filled with so many activities must always be washed away with the Geisha African Strength variants, which help to wash away the blocked pores, leaving the skin fresh and acne

For MzVee, staying beautiful is a lifestyle which is made much more naturally easier with Geisha.

Watch the video in link below: https://youtu.be/kMwfp9cLkHU

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WANI Gives Us A Modern-day African Classic With Lagos City Vice 2

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At the forefront of ‘Modern AfroRnB’ in Nigeria, Nigerian-American singer and songwriter, WANI, gives us a modern-day African classic with the release of his sophomore EP, Lagos City Vice 2.

Pegged to have delivered one of the most significant RnB projects to come out of Africa this year, WANI’s 9 track EP has all the right ingredients not only to set himself apart, but to make Lagos City Vice 2 a timeless body of work that music lovers will enjoy for years to come.

“This day has been three years in the making. I never really go into things with expectations, but I do have personal goals for myself. I’m banking on this project being the one to put me on the MAP! It’s a modern-day African classic,” expresses WANI.

WANI’s Lagos City Vice 2 is now out via Platoon and you can stream or download it here: https://platoon.lnk.to/lagos-city-vice-2

Playing out like a soundtrack in a day in the life of WANI, Lagos City Vice 2 reflects growth and transparency in WANI’s journey as he navigates the life of an independent artist and the vices of Lagos city.

“As an artist my job is to accurately document the life around me in musical form. My first project was made while I was in Uni and that was naturally a more carefree time in my life and you can tell because it accurately reflected in the music – themes revolved strictly around partying which is actually what I was doing,” reveals WANI.

He adds: “I moved back to Lagos after Uni so in all honesty this project is the real Lagos City Vice. I didn’t want to fix what wasn’t broken but at the same time it was important for me to show a bit more transparency to the people that have grown to love WANI.”

Listen out for “LEVEL”, a standard celebratory track where WANI thanks God for bringing him to where he is now on his journey, a long way from where he started – “bumps along the road feel more intense when you’re independent and have figured most of it yourself but the reward is worth it.”

In direct contradiction is “GOD BLESS THE CHILD” which shows emotions more along the lines of fear and anxiety’s that come with the journey rather than the over confidence reaching a new level up might give.

Focus single going into the EP release, the love soaked “JAILER”, narrates WANI’s desire to give the girl he lusts after a comfortable life, from material finances to a peaceful relationship free of romantic drama.

Watch the glamourous music video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGm4Awoeomk

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DAVIDO REUNITES WITH FOCALISTIC FOR HUGE NEW SINGLE “CHAMPION SOUND”

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Multi-award-winning Nigerian superstar DAVIDO reunites with South African sensation Focalistic on his brand new single “Champion Sound”, here. The two artists first connected earlier this year on the monster remix of Focalistic’s Amapiano hit “Ke Starwhich US publication Time Magazine listed as one of the ‘Best Songs Of 2021 So Far’.

Produced by Amapiano heavyweights Caltonic SA and Tee Jay, CHAMPION SOUND sees Davido and Focalistic trade off flows on the track which captures the vibrancy of the popular South African genre that is rapidly growing worldwide. Catch both stars the dance-fuelled visuals, set against the London landscape and directed by Dalia Dias here.

Closing 2020 with the momentous release of A BETTER TIME, which is fast approaching a staggering 400M combined streams across all platforms and 32 million views across the official videos; Davido continues to cement himself as one of the biggest artists in Africa. The album dominated the No.1 position in the Apple Music charts across 8 territories, including Nigeria, where it maintained this spot for 4 consecutive weeks.

The release of CHAMPION SOUND follows the recent announcement of Davido return to perform live in concert at the UK’s O2 Arena on March 5th 2022. Tickets available here.

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