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MEET THE AFRIMA JURY

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The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Jury is a 13-man body representing the five regions of Africa, the diaspora (Europe and North America) and the African Union Commission who are tasked with the responsibility of screening, categorising, assessing, grading, selecting and announcing the nominees into the 36 Regional and Continental awarding categories who will vie for the 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy.

The 13-man Jury is made up of two representatives per region (Central, Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western) of Africa, one each representing Europe and North America for diaspora and one representing the African Union Commission.

The AFRIMA Jury represents the core values of the All Africa Music Awards which is FACE-IT: Fairness, Authenticity, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency. They are bringing their span of experience and professionalism to play.

Representing EASTERN AFRICA on the panel is Tanzania’s Joett, a veteran vocal coach and artiste development manager whose songwriting skills earned him registered membership of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). On the other hand is Tabu Osusa from Kenya. He is a veteran music professional who has spent more than three decades in music production and promotion. He has chaired several musical projects within and outside Africa.

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Representing CENTRAL AFRICA from Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, is Charles Tabu, a Music Executive, with wide experience in artiste management and promotion. Charles has worked with major record labels across the continent including Sony, Universal, and Warner. The second jury member for Central Africa is Bob Ekukole, a renowned Cameroonian media, and music professional with 29 years of experience in media and broadcasting. He is currently the Director, TV Programmes and Production, Cameroon Radio and Television, CRTV.

 

NORTHERN AFRICA is represented by Omar Essaidi, a Moroccan music programmer and artistic director. He brings to bear his practical experience as a judge/jury for several musical contests in Northern Africa.

SOUTH AFRICA’S music professional, Chris Syren who is the co-founder and director of Making Music Productions (MMP), a music production company that has played a vital role in music promotion in South Africa and the region. Filling the other slot for Southern Africa is Zimbabwean radio DJ, Delani Makhalima. The entertainment & media executive has also honed his professional experience in songwriting and music composition in the region.

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WESTERN AFRICA representatives include Olisa Adibua, prolific broadcaster, music executive and talent manager from Nigeria and David Tayorault, a Côte d’Ivoire music legend, whose work in the music industry has influenced the jazz, blues, soul, zouk and Brazilian samba genre in Western Africa countries.

Representing the Diaspora-Europe is Rita Ray, a UK-based BBC Radio 3 presenter, International Music Curator, and popular Club DJ Europe. Her counterpart representing Diaspora-North America is Hadja Kobélé Keita, a music executive whose career spans experience in Artiste and Repertoire management and Public Relations with Universal Music Africa/Island Africa.

    

The African Union Commission is represented by Angela Martins, professional African Culture Analyst and African music enthusiast. Angela Martins is the Head, Culture Division, African Union Commission.

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Harrysong Speaks Collaboration With KCee

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Alterplate Records lead singer, Harrysong, has revealed that a collaborative music effort between him and former label mate KCee cannot be pre-planned.

The ‘Isioma’ singer revealed this during an exclusive chat with Juke Box, adding that this was despite his brotherly relationship with both Kcee and his brother E-money.

“Things like that are not pre-planned,” Harrysong said when asked if his fans can expect a fresh collaboration between him and KCcee in the nearest future.

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Recall that Harrysong used to be signed to E-money-owned Five Star Music, but he left the label in 2018.

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Saheed Osupa Concede Mayegun Title To Wasiu Ayinde

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The leadership of the Fuji music industry has been in contention for a while.

However, it took a different shape Wasiu Ayinde Marshall was to be installed as the Mayegun of Fuji music.

Gossips went into town with talks that K1 had hijacked the titled from it’s original owner, Osupa Saheed.

The speculation thus gave birth to bad blood between fans of both musicians.

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Osupa as Saheed Osupa is aptly called has however rested such speculations with a recent courtesy visit to the new Mayegun of Yoruba land.

An unceremonial visit, very few of his friends knew of the visit, as they only found out when he shared pictures on his Instagram page.

The singer posted some photos and videos of his visit on his official Instagram page, accompanied with a caption that got some of his followers talking.

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Osupa in his caption congratulated his colleague and noted that: “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

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Burna Boy Moves Into Lekki Home

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“Ye” singer, Burna Boy, has moved into the Lekki area of Lagos State.

Burna Boy acquired a massive eight-bedroom property worth millions of Naira, and it is set to become his new home.

Photos and videos of the property have surfaced on social media with the popular singer seen chilling inside the property.

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He unveiled the massive property a few weeks after he showed off a Ferrari believed to be worth about N100m.

Since photos of the property found their way online, fans have been congratulating him.

Burma Boy real name Damini Ogulu has been on a roll in while picking awards and performing top show both in Nigeria and abroad.

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The singer recently announced a tour of several nations that will see him performing in France, Italy,  Demark among other cities.

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