It was massive turnout of the biggest names in Uganda’s music industry when the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, hosted the 2015 AFRIMA Uganda Stakeholders’ Conference on May 19, 2015 in Kampala, the capital city.
In partnership with the African Union Commission, AUC, All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is a continental music awards project that is conceptualized to reward the music talents of Africa and also stimulate conversations on how the African music industry can contribute to the economies of African countries and create jobs towards reducing poverty on the continent.
AFRIMA opened its 2015 entry submission on Monday, May 18 and closes on July 20, 2015.
The dates and modalities for entry submission, among other important details about the awards project, formed the crucial discussions held with the Ugandan music and media stakeholders gathered at the Rwizi Hall, Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda.
AFRIMA Regional Director, Eastern Africa, Mike Strano and AFRIMA Project Director, Adenrele Niyi received at the venue attendees which included celebrated Ugandan music artists such as: Ragga/Dancehall sensation, Nutty Neithan; Afro-pop princess, Cindy Sanyu, Folk Music star, Joel Sebunjo; Afro-soul diva, Lilian Mbabazi; R&B crooner, Michael Ross; star vocalist, Irene Ntale; Dancehall artist, Vampino; Rappers extraordinaire, Navio and The Mith and 2014 AFRIMA Winners of the Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall category, Radio & Weasel, among others.
While introducing AFRIMA, Ms. Adenrele Niyi stated that Uganda was coming under focus for the important stakeholders’ conference because of the vibrant music industry.
She added that beyond awarding trophies to artistes for their creative works, “AFRIMA is very keen on engaging the people who are critical to the awards process to give them a platform for knowledge sharing and capacity building.
Without the artistes and music professionals there can be no awards to give out. The International Committee of AFRIMA will appreciate the support of the Ugandan music industry to prosecute the 2015 AFRIMA and this is why we are here today”.
During his presentation on AFRIMA and the 2015 awards calendar, Mike Strano acknowledged the lead position Uganda occupies in the music industry of Eastern Africa. He emphasised this while going through the 33 award categories pointing out that Ugandan artistes, Jackie Chandiru and Maurice Kirya, were nominated for Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa and Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa respectively.