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AFRIMA receives 8,009 ENTRIES for its 5TH EDITION

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The 5th edition of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in partnership with the African Union Commission, AUC, has received 8,009 songs/videos on its online portal as entry submission closed at 1159hour (WAT) of August 1, 2018. This year’s submission sets a record as the highest number of entries from African artistes, music producers, songwriters, Disc Jockeys (DJs), video directors among others, since the inception of the most prestigious music event in Africa.

The progress and increase of 63% against the 2017 edition of 4,816 entries is a positive marker that has elicited satisfaction from the African Union, the International Committee of AFRIMA as well as the Jury members of AFRIMA.

Out of the entries received this year, Eastern Africa tops with 45% followed by Western Africa with 34%. Southern, Central and Northern Africa had 13%, 6% and 2% respectively.

Reacting to the development, the Acting Director of Social Affairs, African
Union Commission, Mr. Machacha Shepande, congratulated Africa’s creative industry sector for participating in the 5th All Africa Music Awards Entry Submission campaign opened on May 25, 2018.

“The AU commends the creative sector of Africa for participating so well in the AFRIMA entry submission process which closed on 1st August 2018 and in ensuring that the music industry remains relevant for the sustainable growth of Africa’s economy which the African Union (AU) is championing through the cultural and creative agenda.

The receipt in the All Africa Music Awards platform, this year, of over 8,000 of entries across the five (5) regions of Africa shows clearly the growth and importance of this continent wide platform in the promotion and development of the cultural and creative industries on the continent more specifically the creative industry of music. The significant rise in the entries has also shown that African talents spread across the continent are awakening to the call to promote our cultural and creative industry continentally as well as to the world at large. The continent’s creative industry can only grow when we give relevant support to our creative talent and craft.

Thus, the AUC calls upon AU Member States, and other stakeholders in the music industry to continue supporting its efforts in the development and promotion of the creative economy sector through the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) platform and other Pan-African cultural initiatives”, Mr. Shepande concluded

Similarly, a member of the International Jury of AFRIMA representing Central Africa, Mr. Bob Ekukole, expressed a poetic insight while lauding the effort of the African music industry in entering their works for the annual AFRIMA entry submission process; “The muse of music seems to happily hover over the hills and valleys of our beautiful continent with AFRIMA as the fulcrum. With 8,009 entries, it is a resounding believe in AFRIMA’s vision, dream, growth and acceptability by the African artistes worldwide to communicate Africa to the rest of the world via art, culture, music, tourism and entertainment.

The renowned media and music professional who is the Director, TV Programmes and Production, Cameroon Radio and Television, CRTV, added that AFRIMA’s persistence in believing in African talents and their aspirations is yielding a tremendous platform for excellence in music, a source of inspiration for the African continent’.

The 5th AFRIMA entries submission ended following a window period of May 25 – August 1, 2018 and a validity period that works must be produced and released within the year under review i.e August 1, 2017 to August 1, 2018. The entries will be screened by the 13-man jury of AFRIMA whose members are drawn from the five regions of Africa (two each from the Northern Africa,
Southern African, Eastern Africa, Western Africa and Central Africa) and one African each represents the Diaspora – Europe and America and a representative of the African Union in the person of Mrs. Angela Martins who also is the Head of Culture of the African Union Commission.

The Jury’s task will be a week-long adjudication process from August 7 to 15, 2018 which includes: Screening, Categorising, Grading, Selection and announcement of nominations into the thirty-eight (38) Regional and
Continental categories of the award that will emerge winners of the AFRIMA 23.9 carat gold plated trophy.

In partnership with the African Union, AFRIMA is set to uphold the strong presence of African cultural heritage in the international scene, through its musical creativity and talents, while also stimulating 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.

The main events which include AFRIMA Music Village, Africa Music Business Summit and the 5th AFRIMA Awards will hold in November 2018. These events will be broadcast live to over 84 countries around the world.

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John Blaq to reveal his three biggest African songs on Trace TV

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Singer John Blaq will on Tuesday and Friday appear on Trace Mziki’s TV show titled Take Over. The singer will be hosted on the show that was introduced during this lock down. While on the show, the artiste gets to mention and request three songs which are perhaps his best songs at the moment.

The show has hosted artiste’s allover Africa who record clips of themselves at the comfort of their homes. Recently, the show had artistes like Berita, K.O, Cool Prince and DJ Capital among others. After some of the African giants, John Blaq will also feature and here is when we shall get to know his top three African countries. The show will air on Tuesday and Friday at 9am, 2Pm and 7pm.

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“Leave Bobi Wine alone”Segirinya warns Male Mabirizi.

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Kawempe North Lord councilor Muhammad Segirinya has warned Male Mabirizi to concentrate on other things and leave Bobi Wine alone.

His comments come shortly after Lawyer Male Mabirizi came out and questioned Bobi Wine’s credentials.

In a television interview,Segirinya said that Mabirizi has no moral authority to question Bobi Wine’s education because he is over qualified. Segirinya went ahead and gave Mabirizi an ultimatum of 2days demanding an apology. He stressed that he is ready to fight anybody with intentions of blocking Bobiwine’s way to win the elections.Segirinya emphasized that Lawyer Mabirizi’s move is intentioned to curtail Bobi Wine’s fast rising political career, especially his 2021 presidential bid.

Earlier this week, Lawyer Male Mabirizi petitioned the Electral Commission seeking to be availed with Bobi Wine’s academic documents. This he did following doubts that came after reading through Bobi Wine’s education details available at the parliamentary website. Bobi Wine was born in 1982 and sat A’level in 1998. Male says the strange thing about all this is that if the birth year is true, it means Bobi Wine started primary one at two years which he says is impossible.

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“Iam an artiste beyond compare”—Grenade Official

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Uganda’s young artiste Deus Ndugwa aka Grenade Official has come out and stressed that he is will never compare himself to anyone.

While speaking in an interview, the Afro pop king said that he is too big to be compared to other artistes. He stressed that he will actually do more than all the celebrated artistes.

The self styled artiste revealed that he he has added more content to his music and therefore his fans should expect a new Grenade.

“People should be ready for the new me, I have actually included Ndugwa in my new style of music. The truth of the matter is that the music I am going to release is far better than the music I released before” Grenade said.

Grenade went ahead and explained that his energy is too much for anyone to compete with him.He said that he is ready to challenge the his competitors by working both formally and informally with most artistes so that they know he is a star.

He recently released a new song dubbed “I Do”. It is a collabo with Uganda’s hip hop star Navio. The song has earned air play in a very short time

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Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei sets new 5,000m world record in Monaco

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Ugandan born athlete, Joshua Cheptegei set a new 5,000m world record in Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday, 15th August.

Cheptegei’s new world road 5 km record of 12:51 in Monaco, bests the old fastest time by 9 seconds and at the same time sets a new 5000 metres world record of 12:35:36 in Monaco, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year old world record of 12:37.35 set in Hengelo.

Joshua has since been bathed with different congratulatory messages from fellow citizens and Ugandan nationals world-over.

Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (born 12 September 1996) is a Ugandan long-distance runner.

In 2017, he became the silver medalist in the 10,000 meters run at the World Championship in London.

In 2018, he set a world record for the 15 km road race and became the World Cross Country champion in 2019.

That year at the World Championships in Doha, he won a gold medal in the 10,000 meters men’s final.

Joshua Cheptegei’s career;

He is a silver medalist in the 10,000 metres at the 2017 World Championships in London.

He also competed in the 10,000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing finishing ninth.

He ran at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, finishing eighth and sixth respectively.

Cheptegei was the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres champion at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Cheptegei is the four-time winner of the Zevenheuvelenloop 15 km road race in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

In 2018 Cheptegei set the world record for a 15 km road race. He finished in 41:05 and improved the world record by 8 seconds, formerly set by Leonard Komon at the Zevenheuvelenloop in 2010.

Abrar Osman finished second with 42:34 and the 2017 5000 m world champion Muktar Edris placed third with 42:56.

Cheptegei was the winner of the senior men’s race at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

He won in 31:40 on the 10.24 km course. Ugandan teammate Jacob Kiplimo finished second in 31:44.

As Thomas Ayeko placed 7th and Josehp Ayeko tenth, Uganda won the team first place title.

Congratulations Joshua!

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