Music Business Talks To Kick-Off AFRIMA 2016
By Dipo Olowookere
Momentum is gathering ahead of the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) and organisers will for the first time introduce a think-tank for Africa’s music economic development.
The event tagged, Africa Music Business Roundtable (AMBR 2016), holding at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, November 4, will strategise on the structure of the music industry in Africa, while charting a way forward for development.
The Africa Music Business Roundtable promises to be an innovative platform for business networking and interaction among music professionals, music executives, government officials and other stakeholders in the music, media and financial sectors of Africa and the world at large, the organisers said.
This brainstorming session is designed to give insight into the unexplored and ill-exploited economic values of African music.
Confirmed panellists for the roundtable include Head, Culture Department, AUC, Angela Martins (Mozambique); Acting Director, Africa, ONE Campaign, Nachilala Nkombo (South Africa); CEO, PHAT Music Publishing, Mike Strano (Kenya); Rapheal Benza, CEO, Vth Season Record Company (South Africa); CEO, BBlack TV, David Monsoh (France); Partner, Olajide Oyewole LLP, Sandra Oyewole (Nigeria); CEO, Knitting Factory Records, Rikki Stein (UK); Music Executive & Artist, Nde Ndifonka (Cameroon); Veteran music artiste, Reggie Rockstone, (Ghana); Founder, Felabration, Dancer & Choreographer, Yeni Kuti (Nigeria); Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON, Tony Okoroji (Nigeria); Director of Programmes, Cameroon Radio & TV, CRTV, Robert Ekukole (Cameroon); Music & Artistic Director, Hit Radio, Omar Es Saidi (Morocco); Founder, Bavent Street Integrated Services Ltd, Hakeem Condotti (Nigeria) and Veteran artist & Music Professor, Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa), among others.
Also debuting at AFRIMA 2016 programme is the Africa Music Village, which also kicks off the same day.
The one-day AFRIMA Music Village is a festival type event with performances by top African artistes and AFRIMA 2016 nominees. This event is free to those wearing the AFRIMA T-shirt which is available through www.ariiyatickets.com
As part of the tourism millage, artistes and participants to attend the awards will also have a taste of the new Lagos in a guided tour of Eko Atlantic City, popularly called the Eighth Wonder of the World.
The tour will also include the Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos which houses relics of the slave trade/Nigeria’s struggles for Independence and a few other historic places in the city of Lagos.
The grand finale, the awards night, comes up on Sunday November 6, with thousands of guests expected in Lagos from across Africa and the world. The event will hold inside the prestigious Convention Centre of the Eko Hotels & Suites.
All Africa Music Awards is tailored to recognise and reward those who have given African Music the most creative competitive edge in the global market within the year under review. Over 154 nominees are campaigning for votes from the public for the various categories of awards.
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Anxiety as The Voice Africa Hits Airwaves March 26
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
On Sunday, March 26, 2023, The Voice Africa will air on free-to-air TV stations across 14 countries in Africa, where the main sponsor of the show, Airtel Africa, operates.
This would excite fun-seekers on the continent as they would be glued to their television screens for 25 weeks.
A statement from the firm said one show would be aired per week, with the first episodes being blind auditions based solely on the talents’ voices and not looks.
It was stated that The Voice Africa would follow the format of the global show, starting out with blind auditions, battle rounds, knockouts, playoffs and concluding with the live shows.
The Voice Africa is expected to attract both a pan-African and global audience, featuring a high-profile panel of coaches and TV hosts who will witness one of the 100 selected talents eventually crowned The Voice Africa.
About 78,804 registrations were received from Nigeria, Kenya, Seychelles, Tchad, Uganda, Congo, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Gabon, Madagascar, Malawi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
However, 12,308 talents were selected for auditions, and a total of 100, seven per country, in addition to two wild cards, were chosen to proceed to the live shows in Lagos, Nigeria.
“We are thrilled to finally bring Africa’s exceptional musical talents to the world through the continent’s version of the global award-winning show, The Voice.
“The Voice Africa will display African musical talent, delivering excitement and entertainment to millions across the world, whilst showcasing amazing voices, performances, and intrigues.
“It is an opportunity to celebrate and contribute to Africa’s music scene through real-life stories of resilience, persistence, struggle, and success that some of you can relate to and will undoubtedly impact your lives,” the Group Chief Commercial Officer of Airtel Africa, Mr Anthony Shiner, stated.
In 2021, Airtel Africa announced a groundbreaking $57 million investment in education in partnership with UNICEF that aims to provide and increase access to digital education for the betterment of Africa’s children’s futures.
Other initiatives Airtel Africa has been involved in over the years include the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs), the Zain Africa Challenge, which brought university students together in a quiz contest, and the Airtel Rising Stars, a football tournament for Under-15 boys and girls.
These are initiatives of the company to showcase the youthful talent on the continent.
Airtel Africa partnered with FAME Studios Africa to broadcast The Voice Africa on the continent.
Davido Picks Classic Songs for Spotify Timeless Afro Playlist
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
To celebrate the release of his fourth studio album, Nigerian music star, David Adeleke, otherwise known as Davido, has been given the opportunity to choose some Afrobeats songs he considers timeless.
After a long hiatus, OBO, as the singer is also fondly called, announced to his fans on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, that he would release his fourth solo full-length album titled Timeless.
To prepare fans for the album’s arrival, Davido has curated a playlist of Afrobeats tracks. This contains some of the defining songs of the Afrobeats era, including hits by his peers, Wizkid, Tekno and Mr Eazi.
The playlist also includes some of the most familiar classics from Afrobeats’ golden era, with songs by Sunny Neji, 2baba and Naeto C, as well as foundational tracks that have inspired multiple generations of Afrobeats acts, including Fela Kuti’s Zombie.
Speaking about the playlist, Spotify’s Head of Music for Africa, Ms Phiona Okumu, said, “Davido represents the audacity, consistency and huge reach of Afrobeats, and we’re glad to herald his new body of work by joining him in highlighting some of the most enduring contributions by Afrobeats acts to our musical canon over the years.”
Recall that the last time Davido made a public appearance was at the finals of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar in December, where he performed.
In his social media post yesterday, he disclosed that the album, which follows 2020’s A Better Time, is scheduled to hit digital stores on March 31.
Davido is one of the global faces of African music. Over the course of a decade and some, he has gone from the Afropop wunderkind who announced himself with Dami Duro and Back When to a global icon. With three studio albums under his belt, the singer boasts hits like Aye, If and Fall.
Next to a list of solo hits and guest verses that could outlast any jam session, Davido is also one of the most prolific cross-continental ambassadors and crossover artists in Afrobeats. His list of collaborators includes artists like Sauti Sol, Focalistic and Kidi, as well as North American stars like Nicki Minaj, Lil Baby, Young Thug and Nas.
The album announcement makes good on Davido’s promise to ‘see his fans in March’, and there’s a feeling that it’ll be well worth the wait.
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