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AFRIMA announces exciting event programme for GHANA 2018

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The International Committee of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, and The African Union Commission, AUC, have announced the program for the biggest music event in Africa, the 5th AFRIMA-Ghana 2018 holding in the Gold Coast City of Accra, Ghana from Wednesday, November 21 to Saturday, November 24 under the theme ‘Africa is Gold’.

Ghana was unveiled as the 5th AFRIMA Official Host Country by the AUC on September 5 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Subsequently, the Republic of Ghana accepted the Official Host Country rights on Tuesday, September 11 during a media event held at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City Accra and attended by top Ghanaian government officials led by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana, Honourable Catherine Afeku.

Kicking off the back-to-back exhilarating events program for the 5th AFRIMA on November 21 is the AFRIMA Welcome Soiree, a reception in honour of arriving AFRIMA nominees and delegates, African Union officials, members of the International Committee of AFRIMA, media and other invited guests.

This is followed by the Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS) on November 22 at the Ballroom, Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra, between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. To be held under the theme “African Music in a Global Village: Leveraging the Opportunities”, the annual AMBS is a panel discussion platform to interrogate and strategize on the business of music in Africa while charting a synergistic way forward for development and economic empowerment for the music talents. It is a platform for business networking and interaction among music professionals, music executives, government officials and other stakeholders in the music, media and financial sectors of Africa while discussing the potentials present in the continent’s music industry and ways to harness its socio-economic gains.

Later in the day on November 22, at the AFRIMA Music Village, lovers and fans of African music are in for high octane performances by upcoming and A-list artistes from across the continent in a festival-style music concert which holds at the 100,000-capacity Independence Square, Accra, from 5.00 p.m. till dawn. The event will be broadcast live on dedicated satellite event channels.

In a bid to showcase the cultural and historical dynamism of the beautiful host city, invited guests will be treated to a tour of landmarks and sights of Accra on Friday, November 23. This will be followed by the Nominee’s Party from 10.00 p.m.

The live broadcast Main Awards Ceremony on Saturday, November 24 will have in attendance high profile guests from across the continent and the Diaspora. Scheduled for the Accra International Conference Centre, AICC, Ghana, by 7.30 p.m., the star-studded awards show will begin with the live-broadcast red carpet at 4.30 p.m. where all the glam, glitz and high fashion of the 5th AFRIMA-Ghana 2018 will be on display. The awards ceremony to be broadcast to 84 countries on 105 partner media channels will also feature a potpourri of performances from some 2018 AFRIMA nominees, past award winners, and special guest artistes.

Wrapping up the thrilling event programme is the 5th AFRIMA After-Party at the Pool Bar, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast, Accra, Ghana.

Expressing her excitements at the coming events, Hon. Catherine Afeku said “On behalf of His Excellency, the President of Ghana and the people of the Republic of Ghana, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana welcomes African artistes, African media and event delegates to the 5th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA-Ghana 2018. We take pride in ourselves in hosting this continental awards between November 21 and 24 which is consistent with our national development agenda to the growth of culture and the creative arts. We project a boost to the tourism economy of Ghana and the creation of opportunities for artists and investors in the culture and creative arts industry of Ghana. We expect more of such opportunities to be created in the national economy as we host AFRIMA events in the coming years. This will become one of the vehicles to deepen the collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Africa Union to drive the Government’s transformation agenda. We look forward to welcoming you with the warm Ghanaian hospitality, Akwaaba!”

Also sharing his enthusiasm, AFRIMA Country Director for Ghana, Francis Doku extolled the virtues of the Host Country saying, “We are very excited to be the host for the 5th AFRIMA, Ghana is a very beautiful country, and the most hospitable people on earth, and we want the whole of Africa and the rest of the world to come to see how we can also help developed the culture of Africa through music. It is also an opportunity to show the world what Ghana looks like, who we are, and the fact that we can also help to bring Africans together just as we did during the colonization of Africa. He went further to implore the world to come to Ghana, enjoy the food, the weather and the people from 21st to 24th of November, 2018 when Africa and the world will meet in Accra for the 5th edition of the All Africa Music Awards. Welcome to Ghana”. He concludes.

In partnership with the African Union Commission, AFRIMA seeks to reward Africa’s music talents living on the continent or in the diaspora, it stimulates conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the globe about the great potentials and values of the African musical and artistic heritage for the purpose of creating jobs, reducing poverty, calling the attention of world leaders to Africa and promoting the positive image of Africa to the world for global competitiveness.

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Major Lazer leave revelers yearning for more

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American stars, Major Lazer lived up to their billing at their much anticipated show that was held at the Sheraton Hotel gardens on Monday evening. The EDM trio of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, despite arriving in Kampala late in the afternoon on d-day, staged an electrifying performance during their set that lasted for about one and a half hours.

Taking over the stage at around 10.30 pm, the trio was welcomed with wild cheers and ululations as they went on to get the crowd raving to electronic music. With a hype man to work the crowd, they had the audience moving to their beat. They got revelers dancing to popular hit songs till they got drenched in their own sweat, and those who could not take the heat took their shirts off all the while screaming themselves hoarse.

During their set they also sampled several Ugandan songs, much to the delight of the crowd. The experience was amplified by the laser beams and strobes lighting up the stage that amped up the party’s thrilling effect.

Major Lazer show in Kampala

When the curtains finally came down on the show at the stroke of midnight, the dazed crowd was hesitant at departing the venue. For revelers who had thronged the Sheraton gardens in droves, it was evident they were still yearning for more.

The Club beer-sponsored show also featured Djeff Afrozilla from Angola, and Ugandan deeejays, RPM, BK and Silverback. The partiers were also treated to music performances from Beenie Gunter, Fik Fameica and A Pass.

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Revelers left in stitches at Africa Laughs season 4

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Nigeria’s Basketmouth performs at the Africa laughs show.

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Comedy lovers were treated to a cocktail of jokes on Monday evening as the Africa Laughs comedy show served up a memorable fourth season at Kampala Serena Hotel.

The Singleton-sponsored show that is hosted by award winning comedian Patrick Salvado Idringi turned out to be a night filled with rib cracking humour and had revelers wiping tears of joy all through.

The night featured performances from the ever lively Basket Mouth from Nigeria, Arthur Nkusi from Rwanda, Alfred Kianga from Zimbabwe, Eddie Kadi from Congo and Kenya’s Prof Hamo and Mc Jessy. The night also featured local acts like Daniel Omara, Madrat & Chiko, Ehmah Napoleon and Agnes Akite among others.

From political jokes to societal issues to sexual innuendos, the night was loaded with lots of humour that had the crowd laughing their lungs out throughout the night.

Africa Laughs season 4

“What we have witnessed today is one of many things that goes to show that the comedy industry in this country has developed. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for the support. My sincere appreciation goes out to my fans who have believed in me since I premiered the show in 2013,” said Salvado.

Salvador has over the years transformed into one of the biggest brands in comedy thanks to his blend of laugh-out-loud humour and cheeky charm that pulls crowds wherever he goes. Monday night proved yet again that the comedian is surely one of the continent’s best.

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Ykee Benda, Eddy Kenzo shine at AFRIMMA

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Musicians, Ykee Benda and Eddy Kenzo walked away winners at the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) that were held in Dallas, USA on Sunday.

The “Onabayo” hitmaker saw off competition from several artistes on the continent like Nigeria’s Mayokurn, South Africa’s Distraction Boyz, Ghana’s Kuami Eugene, Ivort Coast’s Afro B and Kenya’s Arrow Boy among others to emerge African Newcomer artiste of the year.

Ykee Benda could not hide his excitement about the accolade, taking to social media to express his gratitude. He posted, “we put in a lot of work this whole year….a lot of moves and I promised you God will come through for the Brand Ykee Benda….but I dint know he would do some of his magic this very year. I can’t Stop crying while I thank him for not letting me down.”

On the other hand, Kenzo beat top guns in the region including Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, Kenya’s Sauti Sol, Uganda’s Bebe Cool and Tanzania’s Ali Kiba among others to the East African Artiste of the Year award.

The awards which were being held for the 5th edition are the biggest African Music Awards in the Diaspora.

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