Gospel music of African origin will once again be celebrated and honoured with the 2017 return of the ‘African Gospel Music & Media Awards (AGMMA)’ this Summer.
Over the last few years Gospel music of African origin has gradually filtered into UK mainstream media and into the church with some notable songs crossing cultural and denominational boundaries. It is in appreciation of this rise that musicians, music lovers, and members of the religious, business and entertainment communities from all over the world will gather at the Stratford Circus Centre, London on the 3rd of June 2017 to celebrate the best and the brightest.
Confirmed artists at this year’s event include Joe Mettle (Ghana), Melina Ondjani (Gabon), Mike Aremu (Nigeria), UK artists Evans & Purist Ogboi, Diana Hamilton, Sarah Teibo and more artists to be confirmed. “Guests at this year’s ceremony will be treated to a production of an exhilarating celebration of African gospel music from all around the world,” Charles Koranteng (the founder of the awards and CEO of 1615 Media) stated. He also revealed that this year’s event will not only reward excellent Gospel music artists but go further in appreciating bloggers, online radio and TV stations as well as local church worship leaders who are pushing the gospel immensely in various ways.
Nominations in the 21 categories are opened until midnight the 21st of March 2017 at www.africangospelmusicawards.com and public voting for the final nominees list will commence on the 31st of March 2017 until midnight of the 21st May 2017.
AGMMA 2017 CATEGORIES
1. Discovery of Excellence
2. Central African Artiste of Excellence
3. Artiste of Excellence West Africa
4. Artiste of Excellence USA and Canada
5. Artiste of Excellence East Africa
6. Artiste of Excellence Europe
7. Artiste of Excellence Southern Africa
8. Artiste of Excellence Middle East/Asia
9. Radio Program of Excellence
10. TV Program of Excellence
11. Afro Rap Artiste of Excellence
12. Instrumental Musician of Excellence
13. Musical Group of Excellence
14. Video of Excellence
15. Event of Excellence
16. Music Producer of Excellenc
17. Song of Excellence
18. Album of Excellence
19. Gospel Blog of Excellence
20. Online Gospel Station of Excellence
21. Video Producer of Excellence
This year’s awards was launched at a red carpet event back in January and present were some of London’s Gospel industry personalities including the station Director of Premier Gospel Radio and principal of Riversongz, Muyiwa Olanrewaju, Integrity Music singer-songwriter Noel Robinson, Gospel PR guru Marcia Dixon, Radio Presenter Lady T., Music Producer Shabach, SEO of Icon Towers Production Director Fred Williams, Serge Mpanzu (CEO of Prayz In Radio), and artistes Pita, Henrisoul, Isabella, Queen Patience, Dayo Bello, Diana Hamilton, Anu Omedeyi, Shoggy Tosh, Hannah and P.K. Boadi. Guests were treated to performances by Papa Richie, Sarah Teibo, Jane Bossia and Emmanuel Smith-Tali.
African Gospel Music & Media Awards (AGMMA) 2017 is organised by 1615 Media and Events and supported by Premier Gospel Radio, ABN TV, ABN Radio, A Step Fwd Media, Amen Radio and Maestro Creative.
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