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AFRIMA MEETS ECCAS, UNESCO IN GABON, DISCUSSES PLANS TO STIMULATE AFRICA’S CREATIVE ECONOMY 

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As the All Africa Music Awards began its countdown to the 2022 main awards ceremony, Monday, with the call for submission of entries from artistes, the continental awards platform has restated its commitment to uplifting the African creative economy, using music as its tool. 

It made this known during a recent strategic stakeholder meeting, in Libreville, Gabon, with the President of Economic Community of Central African  States (ECCAS) Commission, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Gabon, delegates and senior officials from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), as well as delegates from Centre International des Civilisations Bantu (CICIBA) who are excited about the AFRIMA initiative.

AFRIMA, which is in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), corroborated UNESCO’s standpoint, on the need to deepen Africa’s creative exports, especially through providing access to training and resources for young aspiring creatives.

According to UNESCO’s representative to Gabon and ECCAS, Mr. Eric Voli Bi, Africa’s creative economy needs more support and opportunities for the youth – who make up the larger chunk of the workforce – to thrive.

He said, “I must thank AFRIMA for constantly projecting the continent in a positive light to the world, and for giving African youths opportunities to be recognised on a continental and even global scale. UNESCO is always interested in youth education and development initiatives, and AFRIMA is one veritable platform to help stimulate potential among these youths. I believe, with one voice, we can speak louder. That is the way to go.”

The President of ECCAS Commission,  His Excellency Gilberto Da Piedade Vérissimoaccompanied by Her Excellency Ms. Kapinga-Yvette Ngandu, Commissioner in charge of the Department of Gender Promotion and Human and Social Developments, ECCAS, welcomed the AFRIMA delegates to its regional secretariat and pledged support towards AFRIMA. He assured that ECCAS will partner AFRIMA to provide capacity building for African youths across the central African region as well as develop its music industry.

Vérissimo said, “Every year, we see our African artistes shine on global levels. It will be retrogressive for us, if we do not invest in them as well. ECCAS, in partnership with the European Union, will continue to invest resources into capacity building for African youths, especially within the entertainment sector. Apart from healthcare and education, the cultural and creative sector of the Central African region is within our primary focus. We are excited that platforms like AFRIMA thrive to give voice to our objectives, and we will pull our weight behind it, for the growth of the continent.”

On behalf of the awards platform, the President and Executive President, AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada, assured Africans that the AFRIMA, which has been running since 2014, will continue to prioritise inclusivity in its capacity-building initiatives.

“AFRIMA, and all its supporting initiatives, like the Africa Creative Academy, which we have in the pipeline, is for the entire continent. It is not an East African affair, or a West African Affair. We are one voice and one platform for the African people. So, our capacity-building efforts will cover the length and breadth of the continent and the diaspora. We equally apply this same character in all our campaigns, especially our submission of entries which is ongoing from now till August 5, 2022; it covers everyone across the continent and the diaspora.

“We have done this since 2014, and we are committed to consolidating our efforts this year, with even more zeal, initiatives and twists, to make AFRIMA the pride of not just the African individual, but also every black person and lover of African music out there.” 

The main ceremony of the All Africa Music awards will be held from Thursday, November 3 to Saturday, November 6, 2022. It will feature a 4-day fiesta of music, glitz, and glamour, which commences with a welcome soiree, followed by the AFRIMA Music Village, the host city tour, African Music Business Summit, and the exclusive nominees’ party, before culminating with the live awards ceremony broadcast to over 84 countries around the world.

The submission of entries for the awards is also ongoing for artistes, artiste managers, record producers, recording companies, video directors, disc jockeys and other relevant stakeholders can submit their work or submit on behalf of their clients via the official afrima website at www.afrima.org. All entries must be done in consonance with AFRIMA guidelines, which are also available on the website. Importantly, all prospective entries must have been created between August 20, 2021 and August 5, 2022, being the year in review for all submissions.

African music lovers can follow through with the build-up events to the main awards, by engaging the social media platforms (Instagram – Afrima. official; Twitter – Afrimaofficial).

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SUPER DJ SILVER SET TO HIT AGEGE WITH “MAFO” CONCERT

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Popular disc jockey, Kabiru Oladipupo, popularly known as DJ Silver, is the brain behind the project and vision of the “MAFO” Musical Concert.

Ogo Agege as fondly called was born in Agege Area of Lagos State, though hails from Oyo State from Isale Oja Agege. His passion for entertainment through music started in his early life while in Central Primary School, Agege. He proceeded his academics at Anwaru Islam College Agege before wrapping up his educational journey at Ire Polytechnic, Osun State.

DJ Silver who began his career in 2009 has built an admirable fan base of music lovers as well as a professional repertoire as one of the official DJs for an award-winning radio station, Jordan 105.5fm Lagos.

He emerged the first official DJ to Club Ice, situated in GRA Ikeja, and without mincing words, he commands attention within the streets of Lagos and beyond with his crafts, he is a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry.

His musical concert titled “MAFO” is scheduled to hold on October 8th, 2022 at the prestigious Agege stadium.

The musical concert is expected to attract prominent and household names in the music and political industry.

The concert is set to be a true musical delight, as different A-list Nigerian artists are scheduled to thrill their audience.

In his words, he urges his fans and music lovers to be optimistic about the event.

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Sesan Adeniji Details Afrobeats Evolution As He Covers Simple Magazine New Digital Edition

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The journey of the Afrobeats isn’t complete without the storytellers, newsmakers/journalists. One of such is Sesan Adeniji. Sesan Adeniji being on the cover of Simple Magazine‘s 2022 August Digital edition with the tag “A Journalist At the Forefront Of Afrobeats Evolution” gives credence to why he is one of the connoisseurs of Afrobeats culture.

In the interview with Simple TV / Magazine, he spoke about the evolution of Nigerian music pre the slave trade, and the era of returnee musicians. He also shed light on the birth of high-life up to the influence of the hip-hop generation. According to him, “When we began to domesticate the various sound influences we were consuming, the evolution of our music grew faster, and the sound appealed to a diverse audience.

As Associate Producer, Researcher, and co-director of the “Journey Of The Beats Afrobeats” documentary showing on Showmax, he’s one of the most revered custodians of the Nigerian music industry.

When ballroom and Jazz became domesticated with the inclusion of our local instruments to provide a unique sound, the likes of Bobby Benson and Fela rose to stardom with High-life and Afrobeat. As the music evolved, more influences came in, and we witnessed the rise of Fuji, Waka, Pop, African Reggae, and Raggamuffin superstars. Likewise, when hip-hop was domesticated, artists with various undercurrents became famous.

With these fusions and beats tagged under the umbrella name Afrobeats; the brand has become a cultural phenomenon.

It is important to tell these stories to the world without selective amnesia. There are two excellent Afrobeats documentaries in “Journey Of The Beats” and “Afrobeats The Backstory” but more will come and I am glad to be alive to see what Afrobeats has become.”

Sesan is one of the best investigative journalists in the country. He has attended the MTV Europe Music Awards, Channel O Music Video, and Ghana Music Awards. As a radio music analyst, he was a co-host on Cool 96.9FM for Martell Cognac’s House Of Martell Entertainment.

As a music talent judge, he was one of the early judges during the 2020 MTN Yello Star competition. Wearing the hat of a PR Strategist, Sesan has worked with Fireboy DMLIdahams, and recently with Basketmouth.

The narrative he shared with Simple Magazine about the evolution of Nigerian music that we can now describe as the Afrobeats tale is insightful.

Watch full interview here;

https://youtu.be/8-BRZ6ExXG4

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Sammek Moments Entertainment set to Tour US with Dotun Ogunlabi  

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The talented wave making Gospel Juju Tungba group known as Dotun Future (The Future Band) led by Dotun Ogunlabi in association with Sammek Moments Entertainment USA, will be hitting United States of America on a playing tour that will take them to 13 states including Maryland, Atlanta, New York, Houston,Chicago and a host of others.

 

According to the organiser, a US-based music promotion company, Sammek Entertainment, owned by Mr. Samuel Ekundayo, several multi-faceted cultural events have been put together in partnership with the Alliance of Yoruba Organisations and Clubs and other well established cultural association and promoters in the USA and Nigeria to promote the values and morals of various Nigerian cultures while Dotun Future is in the US.

 

“As we all know, Nigeria encapsulates great and beautiful culture and tradition which need to be more jealously guided and promoted because of its many influences all over the world.“Therefore, the tour can be captioned Festival of Culture a viable platform to boost the cherished and rich culture.

 

The Future Band have been in existence for over two decades and have been dishing out deep cultural laced fusion of traditional beats spiced with inspirational and gospel vibes.The award winning band have thrilled in churches,social events across Nigeria with a well spread wide fans base. He recently returned from a successful tour of United Kingdom where his audience never had enough of his vocal and up beat music delivery.

 

While in United States, the band is expected to perform at various locations and events including, “Alujo Night” at STEVE ALLEN THEATRE 4773 HOLLYWOOD BLVD, LOS ANGELES CA 90027.

 

D RANCH RESTAURANT

3511 MARYLAND AVE, CHEVERLY MD 20785

 

Egbe Omo Ondo Carnival

BIG ROOM EVENT CENTRE

1035 S. FRONT STREET, COLUMBUS 43206

 

ATLANTA EVENT CENTRE, OPERA.

1150 PEACHTREE ST NE, ATLANTA, GA 30309

 

Ijoko Agba Night

ROSE GARDEN HALL

10880 BISSONNET, SUITE, HOUSTON TX 77099 among other shows.

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