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Written by Clement Oluwasegun
The 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), is already in the works to becoming an epoch-making awards event after receiving nearly 5,000 entries from African music artistes and professionals at the close of the two-month entry submission process on Monday, July 17.

Entries have been opened on May 8, giving opportunity to African music artistes, record producers, songwriters, video directors and journalists to enter their qualified works on the AFRIMA website www.afrima.org and the awards social media platforms.

The overwhelming response to this call putting the total number of entries received for 2017 at 4,816 is an astronomical increase from the 2,714 number of entries received in 2016.

According to Rikki Stein, international advisor and member of the international committee, AFRIMA, he said;

“This is tremendous news, indicative of an increasingly healthy music industry across Africa, particularly from a creative perspective. AFRIMA is plugged in to the aspirations of the African continent, providing a platform for excellence in the field of music and a source of inspiration and encouragement for its associated fields of endeavour; songwriters, producers, sound engineers, distributors, publicists, marketers, photographers, videographers, stylists, journalists, bloggers, DJs and on and on.”

“As one by one, African artists 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 amongst 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”.

AFRIMA 2017 is scheduled to hold from November 9 to12, with live broadcast to 84 countries across the world.

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