The international jury of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has introduced three new award categories for its 2021 edition. 


In a statement on Thursday, the organisers said the categories are best soundtrack in a movie/series/documentary film; best global sound; and ‘breakout artiste of the year.

Hadja Kobele, a member of the jury, said the initiative becomes imperative considering the widening scope of the music industry across the globe.

“The scope of music industry is becoming increasingly broad, with multiple expressions of music and complex production techniques becoming more popular, and it is AFRIMA’s mandate to support the music industry in Africa, thus, the need to recognize and reward some of these talented productions,” she said.


Kobele explained that the best soundtrack in a movie/series/documentary category is given to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer.

She said the best global sound will also be awarded to the artistes who primarily are not African, but whose songs have received widespread recognition in Africa and around the world.

Kobele added that the breakout artiste of the year will be awarded to a new artist whose songs have received widespread recognition within their career span.


According to the organisers, the development brings the total award categories to 40. It added that entry for all categories of the 2021 edition of the award closes on August 20.

TheCable Lifestyle had reported how last year’s edition of the award was postponed due to raging effect of the novel disease at the time.

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