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Public voting for AFRIMA 2021 announced by organizers

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Fans and lovers of African music worldwide have been given the opportunity to decide winners in the 38 categories of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA 2021.

Voting commenced globally on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 18:00 (EAT) and will end on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 00:00 (CAT).

Voting Process:

·         Visit https://ww.afrima.org  or use the direct URL https://afrima.org/AFRIMA2021voting to navigate to the voting platform.

·          voters can login with the appropriate details to access the voting platform while new users should click on the “create account” option and fill in the details ensuring they remember the details exactly username and password as it will be required for successful login.

·         Upon successful login to the voting platform, you will find the dashboard area where the impact of your voting engagement is displayed as well as your unique shareable URL.

·         The unique shareable URL enables you to acquire more vote count when you share the URL on your social platforms to be used for any artistes in any category as you choose.

·          Navigate to the menu where you find the Regional and Continental categories then select the appropriate category of your choosing to vote.

·         On each of the voting categories, you find the respective artiste, artistes images, artistes name, track title of nominations, country, YouTube/Soundcloud link to preview before voting and then a vote button.

·         Every voter upon sign up will be entitled to three vote counts per day (i.e., every day to be used per artiste per category according to their choosing) for each of the 38 categories of the Awards – more vote counts can be acquired/accumulated based on fans engagements with a unique shareable URL found on the fans/voters’ dashboard upon sign up.

For more information, contact AFRIMA at info@afrima.org

Winners will be determined by 100% public votes in some categories while a combination of 50% public votes and 50% of Academy of Voters’ votes will determine winners in other categories. AFRIMA International Academy of Voters comprises professionals in the music industry in Africa – musicologist, producers, veteran artistes, artiste managers, music/entertainment journalists and DJs among others.

The International Committee of AFRIMA has 100% votes to select the winner in the ‘Legend Award’ category. Past winners in this category are Afrobeat legend, the Late Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Nigeria); South African male choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Soul Makossa and saxophonist, Manu Dibango (Cameroon); the Late Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe); Salif Keita (Mali); Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa); King Sunny Ade (Nigeria); and Papa Wemba (Congo).

AFRIMA received over 8,800 songs as entries which were screened down to 400 songs by the Jury into continental and regional categories cutting across African talents and creatives living on the continent and in the Diaspora. In partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), AFRIMA 2021 will be broadcast live on 84 television stations in 109 countries from Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos, Nigeria from November 19 – 21, 2021.

Since 2014, AFRIMA has been regarded as the ultimate recognition of African music globally.

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West African Music Festival Set To Be Launched On Thursday

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Bigtwins Events has announced the West African Music Festival scheduled for Saturday, December 18 at Alliance Francaise will be launched on Thursday, December 9th 2021.

Artistes including Big Twins from Ghana, King Ayisoba from Ghana, Amandziba from Ghana, Sylvette from France, Metaphore Crew from Niger, Mary B Jah from Cameroon, Xlnc Family from Ghana, Masa Deme from Brukina Faso, DJ Absolute from Benin Gabon, Padmore Oware from USA, Smart Nkansah from Ghana, Saymone from Brukina Faso, Big brain from Ghana, Blakk Rasta from Ghana, Trigmatic from Ghana and Koara Culture Group from Ghana will be performing this year.

With music from around the continent, West African Music Festival as a concert revolves around the universal power of music as a tool of unity in the African continent.

This event will be marked with a showcase of artistic excellence and sonically defining moments.

Concert-goers and fans of great entertainment should brace up for all the surprises and exciting news about the festival which will be unveiled at the launch on Thursday.

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MultiChoice Ghana Premieres Inspector Bediako At Star-Studded Event In Accra

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The MultiChoice Ghana on Friday, 3rd December 2021 hosted a star-studded season premiere of the Inspector Bediako which will air on Akwaaba Magic on DStv and GOtv. The premiere was attended by actors, producers, directors and other industry players who gathered to be the first see the series before other to hits our screens on Monday.

The series follows the life of Inspector Bediako Jnr, the son of the legendary Inspector Bediako Snr who used smart and creative detective techniques in investigating and solving various crimes, like kidnappings, corruption cases, murders and robberies. The show is a remake to the hit 1990’s hit investigative series. Friday’s event was a prelude to the series coming to Akwaaba Magic on Monday 6th December.

Delivering his welcome address, MultiChoice Ghana Managing Director, Alex Okyere, emphasized the support MultiChoice has given the creative industry follow the rollout of the “Hyper-Local” strategy in 2019 to support local film industries in the countries we operate in to transform them into economic power houses. He added this strategy informed the creation of our plethora of local channels including Akwaaba Magic, Honey and Novela Magic amongst others.

Mr. Okyere added that the success of Akwaaba Magic shows has not only been on linear platforms (DStv & GOtv) but has been extended to our video on demand platform, Showmax.

On her part, the Executive Head of Content & West Africa Channels, MultiChoice Group, Busola Tejumola, commended the Akwaaba Magic team for the diligent work they have done so far. Adding, “In March, when we launched this channel, we set very high viewership targets and Ghana didn’t disappoint. In month one, the channel went up to number 8 most viewed on DStv”. “Since then, ‘Dede’, our tentpole show has shattered the ceiling raking in exciting numbers on DStv, Showmax and recently GOtv.”

The Channel Head for Akwaaba Magic, Kennedy Dankyi-Appah, also highlighted other exciting shows to look forward to this festive and beyond. According to him, ‘Inspector Bediako’ is just the first of a number of shows lined up including Date My Family Ghana which hits our screen on December 17th; he added two new shows DStv and GOtv customers can look forward to Korle Bu and Co-Habit will start air in January 2022 on Akwaaba Magic.

The event was climaxed with a panel discussion among selected actors and director of the series. ‘Inspector Bediako’ airs every Monday at 22:30 CAT on Akwaaba Magic on DStv channel 150 and GOtv channel 101.

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MultiChoice And Africa Magic Announce The Eighth Edition Of The AMVCAs

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Africa Magic, in association with MultiChoice, is pleased to announce the call to entry for the eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs). Entries open Friday, 3 December 2021 and close Friday, 14 January 2022.

Films, made-for-television movies or television series previously entered or nominated for an award, or awarded a prize in another film and television competition are eligible to enter for the AMVCAs. In addition, all films, made-for-television movies or television series are eligible for entry to the AMVCA if they were broadcast, publicly screened or exhibited from 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2021.

Hailed as the premium awards for filmmakers in Africa, the AMVCAs has recognized and celebrated outstanding achievements in the African film and TV industry both in front and behind the cameras.

Following the seventh edition in 2020, plans for the next instalment were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant concerns on the health and safety of all stakeholders. The AMVCAs will now take place in Lagos, Nigeria in 2022 with Amstel Malta as headline sponsor.

Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana, Alex Okyere, said: “Last year was indeed a tough one for the world with the global pandemic, however the industry continues to thrive against all odds. We are proud of the improvements seen across different fields in the industry since the inception of the awards in 2013. The eighth edition of the AMVCAs once again demonstrates our commitment to spotlight the immense talent we have in the African film and TV industry and promises to leave a much bigger impact than previous editions.”

For the eighth edition, organizers have announced the introduction of a new category for Best Online Social Content Creator in recognition and acceptance of the growing popularity and quality of social media content across the continent.

“We are very excited about the Best Online Social Content Creator category as we believe this will further underscore our commitment to represent all content creators and inspire new talent. There is no better time than now to recognize and celebrate this growing digital community as we stage the eight edition of the awards,” said Dr. Busola Tejumola, Executive Head, Content and West Africa Channels at MultiChoice Nigeria.

The eighth edition will also see the return of the Best Africa Magic Original Drama Series, Best Africa Magic Original Comedy Series as well as the Best Dressed Male and Female, which will be voted for on the night of the event.

Entry guidelines for the eighth AMVCAs below:

  • Prepare a 5-minute-long show reel for your online submission
  • Log on to the Africa Magic website. Click on the AMVCA eighth edition banner that will take you to a submissions page.
  • Fill out the submission forms and upload the clip. A unique reference number will be allocated to each completed online submission
  • Please ensure the video edit represents the category of entry and is under 300MB
  • Quoting your unique reference number, send a hard drive of the submitted project to one of the following, based on your region:

Nigeria

Busola Komolafe

Africa Magic

4 Industrial Street, Ilupeju

For digital file delivery mechanism, entry guidelines & additional information please visit our website at www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA

For more information, please visit www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Facebook and Instagram.

The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought to you by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta.

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