Kisima Music Awards is back and this year’s event is bigger, bolder and Pan African.
The Pan African Kisima Music & Film Awards will be held on December 13, 20220 at the Carnivore grounds in Nairobi, Kenya.
“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 the chairman of Kisima Music & Film Awards Dr Fred Simiyu.
He said for the very first time, the Pan African Kisima Music & Film Awards is open to the entire African continent.
“The awards – a Pan-African melting pot of authentic talent-driven by an unrelenting zeal to show-case the rich diversity of African Music and film,”Dr Simiyu said during a media launch of the awards at a Nairobi hotel.
The chairman said the music and film awards will be a celebration of African talent, a strengthening of African solidarity and a point of convergence for show-casing African talent, skills, dreams and aspirations.
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The 2020 Kisima Music & Film Awards is audacious, deep and progressive. Focus will be the use of digital nomination platforms and with a focus on Social Good to lead from the front in the wake of the global Corona Virus 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 heroes before the team of eminent, experienced panel of industry players, music scholars, veteran musicians and film artists pick the finalists. The process of picking the winners will be participatory and transparent.
The event is making a come-back after a hiatus of seven years during which the awards have been re-energized and revamped to cover the continent and include the film category too.
The chairman of the awards said during the Gala night on December 13, 2020 African artists would 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.
Dr Simiyu said; “We intend to bring together African artists; thespians and creative musicians; professionals representing the entire chain of the Film and Music industry and infuse Pan Africanism thus offering to global players the opportunity to interact with the authenticity of Africa’s best artistic culture.”
He said as organisers of the event, Kisima Music & Film Awards was thinking big and acting broad. This year’s awards will be the biggest and most glamorous in the entertainment industry on the continent.