The Government of Senegal has accepted and is committed to hosting the eighth edition of All African Music Awards, AFRIMA during a Joint Global Media Conference – Host Country Unveiling held at the King Fahd Royal Palace Hotel, Dakar, Senegal on Friday, November 4, 2022.
The awards ceremony will now be held from January 12-15, 2023, in Dakar, Senegal; shifting the previous date by four weeks as jointly announced by the AFRIMA International Committee, the African Union Commission and the Republic of Senegal. This also means that the voting deadline for nominees will now be extended to January 13, 2023, 11:00 p.m. (CAT). This will be the first time that the main awards ceremony will take place in a French-speaking country after previous editions.
Present at the conference were representatives of the Senegalese Minister of Culture and Communication; and the Minister of Tourism and Air Transport, Special Advisor to the President of Senegal, Dr. Massamba Gaye alongside local and international media professionals; AFRIMA delegates; officials of the African Union Commission; African music actors; 8th AFRIMA nominees and African artists, Iba One from Mali, DJ Neptune (Nigeria), DJ Moh Green (French-Algerian), Pape Diouf; Jeba; Sidy diop; Adiouza; Zbest family; Akhlou Brick Paradise; Jeba; Demba Guisse; Pa Gaye mbaye; Kane diallo; Jamman from Senegal among others.
Angela Martins, Head of the Culture Division of the Social Affairs Division of the African Union Commission (AUC), said the African Union is delighted that the awards are presented in a francophone region: “The AUC has been a strong partner and collaborator of the prestigious awards since its first edition in 2014. AFRIMA has become the only continental platform that aims to promote and disseminate the musical works and immeasurable talent of African musicians of young and old generations.
“This prestigious platform articulates and supports the implementation of AU policy instruments in the creative economy, including the AU Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries.
“Allow me to join the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards in expressing gratitude and gratitude to the Government of Senegal for agreeing to host the 8th edition of AFRIMA from January 12-15, 2023 and for marking the history in being the third AU Member State to host the Awards. The hosting of AFRIMA by the Republic of Senegal will come at a time when Senegal will still be the Chairperson of the African Union and it is a timely occasion to end his presidency by promoting our artistic, cultural and heritage wealth.
“As you know, Senegal is known for its huge investment in arts, culture and heritage. Hosting the AFRIMA Gathering is therefore a step in the right direction to put the beautiful city of Dakar back on the map as one of the music capitals of Africa and the world.
In his acceptance speech, the Senegalese Minister of Tourism and Air Transport, HE Mr. Alioune Sarr, represented by Phillipe Ba said: “Personally and on behalf of the Senegalese government, welcome to Senegal, homeland of football champions. Now Senegal is also positioning itself to become the champions of music because we are hosting the 8th AFRIMA. We are happy to know that Senegal becomes the third country and the first French-speaking country to host this great event.
I can tell you that our Ministry (Tourism) and the Government of Senegal will partner and collaborate with you (AFRIMA) for a great success of AFRIMA in Senegal because our President, HE Macky Sall is not only the President of the African Union but also wishes to position itself as the President of all Africans who love the Culture that AFRIMA breathes. He concluded.
For his part, the Senegalese Minister of Culture and Communication, Aliou Sow, represented by Ousmane Barro Dione, the Director General of the National Theater Company, Daniel Sorano, declared: “I feel honored to represent the Minister of Culture, alongside my colleague at this event in preparation for the 8th edition of the AFRIMA Awards in Senegal from January 12 to 15, 2023. We are honored to host this great event in this country for the benefit of Senegalese youth and the image of the country. ”
“The 8th AFRIMA in Senegal is officially labeled the Teranga edition which encompasses the good hospitality, warmth, generosity and sharing that are at the heart of Senegalese life. In addition to celebrating Africa in a magical way and promoting the values of the Senegalese people to the world through the AFRIMA platform, young people, who are at the center of the 8th edition, will be exposed to the opportunities of the creative economy and new music business models, monetization in music, intellectual property rights and licensing as well as collaborations with other global African music superstars who will be attending the 8th AFRIMA in Dakar,” the President explained. and AFRIMA Executive Producer, Mike Dada.
AFRIMA Country Director in Senegal, Matar Diop said, “I am delighted that the AFRIMA International Committee and the African Union have listened to our plea and advocacy to bring AFRIMA to Senegal for the benefit of the tourism and music in Senegal which will have an impact on our young people. I thank the President and the government of the Republic of Senegal for their support for this project which will change Senegal’s creative industry and tourism landscape for good. We look forward to welcoming Africa and the world to Dakar, Senegal from January 12-15, 2023 with Nanga Def Africa!
As the world gears up for the 8th Annual All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, African music lovers are encouraged to continue to vote intensively for their desired winners, using the live voting portal at http://www.AFRIMA.org and participate in events on social media platforms (IG/TikTok – @afrima.official; Facebook – Afrimawards; Twitter – @afrimaofficial; LinkedIn – AFRIMA).
The event is scheduled to begin on Thursday, January 12, 2023, with a courtesy visit to the President of the host country, while a host city tour, school visit and gift presentation (as part of AFRIMA’s CSR ), as well as a welcome party will take place on the same day. The four-day event continues on Friday, January 13, 2023, with the African Music Business Summit and AFRIMA Urban Music Fest; while the main rehearsals and exclusive nominees party will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2023; the event will culminate on Sunday, January 15, 2023, with the awards ceremony being broadcast live by 104 television channels in more than 84 countries around the world.
In partnership with the African Union Commission, AFRIMA is the pinnacle of African music in the world.