Organisers of the 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have announced the receipt of 4,816 entries at the close of the two-month submission process which ended on Monday, July 17.
The African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA had opened the 2017 AFRIMA Call for Entries on May 8 giving opportunity to African music artistes, record producers, songwriters, video directors and music journalists to enter their qualified works on the AFRIMA website and social media platforms.
The 4,816 entries represent a 77.25 percent increase from the 2,714 received in 2016. Analysis reveals the regions with the highest entries as Eastern Africa, with 47% of the total entries and Western Africa, with 30%.
Expressing his excitement at the high number of entries in 2017, AFRIMA International Advisor and member of the International Committee, Rikki Stein, stated: “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”.