According to a statement by the organisers, “over 700 superstars have been confirmed by the African Union Commission, AUC and the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) to attend the main events” taking place in Lagos.
These events include the Africa Music Business Roundtable on 10 November at 9:30am at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island; the AFRIMA Music Village on 10 November at 6pm at the Waterfront, Bar Beach, Victoria Island; and the main awards ceremony on November 12 at 4pm at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.
At the AFRIMA Music Village, over 40 artists will perform live at what AFRIMA called “Africa’s biggest open concert”. To enter, interested persons will sport AFRIMA T-shirts, which are available at the award body’s website and on Ariya Tickets and Nairabox.
Some of the artists who have confirmed attending include: Mali’s Salif Keita, Fally Ipupa from the DRC,Nigeria’s Femi Kuti, Wizkid and Seyi Shay.
Others are: Young Paris (DRC), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Sheyi Shey (Nigeria), Bussine (Gabon), Bebe Cool (Uganda), 2Baba (Nigeria), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Seyi Shay (Nigeria), Nasty C (South Africa), Sarkodie (Ghana), Fnaire (Morroco), Eddy Kenzo (Uganda), Ibitssam Tiskat (Morocco) and Emtee (South Africa).
Music executives and music business brands will converse with each other at the Africa Music Roundtable, which is convened under the theme, Digital Takeover, Shaping the Future of African Music.
Speakers at the AFRIMA event include Sony Music, West Africa general manager Michael Ugwu; chairman of Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition, South Africa Dr Sipho Sithole; and head of public relations and special projects at Universal Music, Hadja Kobele.
The annual AFRIMA awards is in partnership with the African Union to foster economic development and integration on the continent while showcasing the cultural heritage of Africa to the rest of the world. The awards platform achieves this by celebrating and rewarding old and young music talents of African origin. Lagos State is the official host city of AFRIMA 2017 as appointed by the African Union after hosting a successful 2016 edition.
For more information, visit the AFRIMA website.