Following her successful AUC-AFRIMA conference at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa recently, All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, will be holding a stakeholders’ conference in Uganda on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda.
The stakeholders’ conference will feature panelists from the Continental Secretariat of AFRIMA and the Eastern Africa region of AFRIMA among who are AFRIMA Project Director, Adenrele Niyi, AFRIMA Jury member from Eastern Africa, Kawesa Richard, Regional Director, East Africa and Co- Producer, Mike Strano, 2014 AFRIMA Winner, Best Reggae/Dance Hall Artiste/Group, Radio and weasel among others. The Kampala conference is expected to bring together media executives, artists, record label owners, artists’ managers, music entrepreneurs, music enthusiasts and relevant government officials to discuss strategies and actions needed to facilitate a better involvement of stakeholders form Eastern Africa in AFRIMA. The AFRIMA team is also expected to speak on the 2015 AFRIMA Entry Submission which opens on May 18, 2015 and other build up events towards 2015 AFRIMA ceremony coming up later in November, 2015.
Prior to its stakeholders’ conference, AFRIMA will be partnering with Uganda’s Music Industry, at its Annual Music Industry Conference, The MIC, a day earlier. The MIC has the theme: “The Social, Economic and Political Impact of Music”, and it will be holding on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
In furtherance of its partnership with The MIC, the Project Director, AFRIMA, Ms. Adenrele Niyi will be speaking on the topic: What did Nigeria do to dominate African music business?
Mr. Mike Dada, the Executive Producer of AFRIMA stated that, “AFRIMA is more than just an award ceremony but also interested in capacity building of music entrepreneurs and artistes as a tool for the economic growth of music industry in Africa. We are glad for this collaboration and I promise that AFRIMA will be beamed live in Uganda”.
The Music Industry Conference is an annual dialogue through which musicians, businesses using music, development partners and government broaden their perspective of music as a development tool while reviewing bottlenecks and adopting best practice in music business.
According to BANKABLE Society of Uganda, “We do hope that our partnership with AFRIMA Awards will strengthen the Ugandan Music Industry while we look forward to consistently organizing this Annual Music Industry Conference in Uganda”.