Spotlight On 6th AFRIMA Awards Jury Composition

The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2019 Jury will be made up of 13 individuals drawn from the various regions in Africa and Europe and North America. The African Union Commission will also be represented in the awards that will see nominees selected in 36 categories compete for the coveted 23.9 carat gold-plated trophy.

The experienced jury consists of two representatives from each region (Central, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western) of Africa, one each representing the Europe and North America for diaspora and one representing the African Union Commission.

East Africa

Tanzania’s Joett – Tanzania

  • A veteran vocal coach and artiste development manager whose song writing skills earned him registered membership of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Tabu Osusa – Kenya

  • Veteran music professional who has spent more than three decades in music production and promotion. He has chaired several musical projects within and outside Africa.


Charles Tabu – Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC

  • Music Executive, with wide experience in artiste management and promotion. Charles has worked with major record labels across the continent including Sony, Universal and Warner.

Bob Ekukole – Cameroon

Media and music professional with 29 years of experience in media and broadcasting. He is currently the Director, TV Programmes and Production, Cameroon Radio and Television, CRTV.


Omar Essaidi – Morocco

  • Music programmer and artistic director. He brings to bear his practical experience as judge/jury for several musical contests in Northern Africa.


Chris Syren – South Africa

  • Co-founder and director of Making Music Productions (MMP), a music production company that has played a vital role in music promotion in South Africa and the region

Delani Makhalima – Zimbabwe

  • The entertainment & media executive has also honed his professional experience in song writing and music composition in region.


Olisa Adibua – Nigeria

  • Prolific broadcaster,

Music executive and talent manager from

  • David Tayorault – Côte d’Ivoire

Music legend, whose work in the music industry has influenced the jazz, blues, soul, zouk and Brazilian samba genre in Western Africa countries


Rita Ray – UK

  • BBC Radio 3 presenter, International Music Curator and popular Club DJ Europe


Hadja Kobélé Keita

  • A music executive whose career spans experience in Artiste and Repertoire management and Public Relations with Universal Music Africa/Island Africa.


Angela Martins

  • Professional African Culture Analyst and African music enthusiast. Angela Martins is the Head, Culture Division, African Union Commission.


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