African artists will be awarded in 18 categories; nine each in music and film
Kisima Awards, the much celebrated Pan African music and film awards are back after a 7-year long recess. The awards are making a come-back after a hiatus of seven years, during which the event has been re-energized and revamped to cover the continent and include a film category too.
In a statement shared by the Kisima Awards secretariat, chairman of the awards Dr Fred Simiyu said that during the gala night slated for December 13, 2020, African artists will be awarded in 18 categories; nine each in music and film. A further 18 awards have been specifically created for Kenya in both music and film.
“This year’s Kisima Music & Film Awards is a Pan African event dedicated to tell the African narrative through culture, music, stories and creativity with the theme Reawakening the soul, spirit and vibrancy of Africa through Music and Film,” said Simiyu.
The chairman added that for the very first time, the Pan African Kisima Music & Film Awards is open to the entire African continent and is bigger, bolder and Pan African.
“The awards will be a Pan African melting pot of authentic talent, driven by an unrelenting zeal to showcase the rich diversity of African music and film,” Dr Simiyu said during a media launch of the awards at a Nairobi hotel, noting that the 2020 Kisima Music & Film Awards is audacious, deep and progressive.
For this year’s event, focus will be on the use of digital nomination platforms aimed at spreading Social Good to lead from the front in the wake of the global Coronavirus Pandemic.
The use of digital nomination portal allows all of Africa’s bilingual diversities; Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and Arabic North to nominate their champions and heros before the team of eminent, experienced panel of industry players, music scholars, veteran musicians and film artists pick the finalists.
The process of selecting the winners will be participatory and transparent, plus African artists will be awarded in 18 categories - nine each in music and film. A further 18 awards have been specifically created for Kenya in both music and film.
The details of the entry and awards categories can be found on their website https://kisimamusicfilmawards.africa/#