Celebrating music in Senegal for four days
It is undoubtedly the biggest musical event ever organized in the “Pays de la Teranga” expected this week in the Senegalese capital, with the presence of illustrious personalities from the musical world. The 8th edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) will begin on January 12 in Dakar until January 15, 2023. Called “Teranga”, this edition – the first in French-speaking Africa – will be a showcase for exchanges that will allow young people artists from Senegal and the sub-region to be in touch with the creative music economy and to collaborate with global superstars of African music.
To this end, the festivities will start with a welcome ceremony scheduled for Thursday, January 12, with a visit to the countryside, schools and presentation of gifts, as well as a welcome evening for the nearly 200 artists from different regions. different from the continent (Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa) and from the diaspora.
The event will be marked by a major meeting of music professionals on Friday, January 13, under the leadership of the Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS) at the Grand Théâtre in Dakar. AMBS is the largest gathering of creative music industry professionals in Africa and offers workshops and panel discussions on issues and opportunities within the African music industry.
This 8th edition has an AFRIMA musical village installed at the Grand Théâtre, which will be the place open to the public free of charge, presenting live performances from the biggest stars in music, across the continent.
On the eve of the awards ceremony, Saturday January 14, artistic activities will begin with main rehearsals, media sets and a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic Macky Sall in the heart of the musical village. There will also be a live recording booth for musicians from overseas and the diaspora to explore for collaborative recordings. The day’s activities will culminate with an evening exclusive to the nominees.
In the host country, six artists have been selected: Wally Seck, Viviane Chedid, Bass Thioub, Sidy Diop, Jeeba and rapper Dip Doundou Guiss.
Finally, the 8th AFRIMA will end with a mega concert on Sunday January 15 at the Dakar Arena, with the award ceremony live broadcast by 104 television channels in more than 84 countries around the world. On occasion, three tenors of Senegalese music (Youssou Ndour, Baaba Maal and Ismaël Lô) will be honored for service to music, with honorary distinctions.
Author : Absa Diongue – Seneweb.com