AFRIMA appoints Traore as Cote D’Ivoire’s country director

AFRIMA appoints Traore

The International Committee of All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), has appointed Mr. Salif “A’salfo” Traoré as the Country Director of Côte D’Ivoire, AFRIMA.

The appointment was announced recently in Jo’borg, South Africa following the unanimous decision of the International Committee of AFRIMA.

According to the Director, Sponsorship, and Communication, AFRIMA, Ms Zineb Seyad “the core of AFRIMA’s mandate is to unify the African continent through music, and the role of the Country Director in achieving these objectives is key. Thus, the appointment of Mr. Traore is a significant, strategic step in the right direction, specifically for the African creative industry and largely, the continent, as he possesses the skills and fortitude to contribute towards realising the vision of AFRIMA”

The appointment to many is a welcome development no surprise as Traoré is acknowledged as a giant in the African music and creative industry. Indeed, his experience in
music as a musician; songwriter; producer; and record label owner spans over 20 years.

His band, Magic System, in 1999, pioneered a new sound in the Ivorian music scene and recorded a song “1er Gaou” which became a smash hit in Africa and France three years later. The song heralded the breakthrough of the little-known Magic System and setting the pace for a new generation of music in Côte D’Ivoire and Africa.

In 2012, Traoré was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador by Irina Bokova for his messages for peace. His popularity among policymakers, as well as his expertise in music production, event project management, and media position him as an exemplary ambassador to the values and goals of AFRIMA.

As Country Director, he is expected to play a key role in the International Committee of AFRIMA’s comprehensive and stakeholders-based approach through a high level of strategic leadership and partnership.

He is also to carry out direction, leads, builds, and maintain partnerships and relationship among the stakeholders; governments and policymakers; music and creative industry; the media, and fans of African music. He is ultimately accountable in his country office for all aspects of AFRIMA’s strategic partnerships, leading the consolidation and development of AFRIMA’s programme.

In partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), AFRIMA is a music and cultural initiative developed to celebrate, reward, and showcase the rich musical heritage of Africa, stimulate conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the globe about the great potentials and values of the African culture and artistic legacy for the purpose of creating jobs, reducing poverty, calling the attention of world leaders to Africa and promoting the positive image of Africa to the world.