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Unveiling The Nominees For The 6th AFRIMA Award

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The 6th AFRIMA set a new record with 8,157 songs/videos entries. It took a 13-man jury a week to review all the entries. However, songs that were eligible for nomination were those produced between 1st August 2018 and 2nd August 2019. This year’s nominee list has a diversity of old and new talents from all five African regions.

AFRIMA is an annual award which began on 27th December 2014. The establishment of the award is a collaborative effort between International Committee AFRIMA and the African Union. The award aims at promoting African heritage as well as recognizing talents, creativity, and musical works.

The unveiling of the nominees for the 6th edition was at the Abora Hall of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Wednesday, August 14. The announcement was by Aderele Niyi, AFRIMA’s Associate Producer. According to Niyi, the World Music Festival will hold between November 20 and 23, 2019. However, the venue is not yet known. In a briefing with journalists, Niyi said,

“The platform is to position Africa as a musical hub for the world as Africans are seen as talented and highly creative. This is going to be the sixth edition of AFRIMA and I can say that it has been getting better each year. This year’s edition promises to be a unique one.”

The AFRIMA nominees for Best Male And Female Artistes categories

Several radio and television stations including RayPower Fm, African Independent Television (AIT), and Kennis Music Fm broadcasted the unveiling ceremony. The Regional category for Best Male and Female Artistes for the five African regions (Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern, and Central Africa) were unveiled. However, the remaining 25 continental categories will be released on Friday 23rd August 2019.

Nigerian artistes dominated the male best male and female categories in the Western African region. A similar scenario played out in the Southern African region which was dominated by South African artists. The late DJ Arafat also has an entry in the Western African region for his latest single ‘Moto Moto’. The AFRIMA online voting platform will open on Sunday 1st September and run till 22nd November 2019. Below is the list of all the regional nominees for the 6th AFRIMA award.

ALSO READ:Remembering DJ Arafat, His Legacy and Top 10 Hits

Best Female Artist In Western Africa

Aya Nakamura (Mali) – Pookie

Josey (Cote d’Ivoire) – Mise Au Point

Kanvee Adams (Liberia) – Daily Prayer

Manamba Kante (Guinea) – Nany Baly

Mzvee (Ghana) – Bend Down ft. Kuame Eugene

Niniola (Nigeria) – Bana

Simi (Nigeria) – I Dun Care

Teni (Nigeria) – Case

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) – One

Yemi Alade (Nigeria) – Oh My Gosh

Best Male Artiste In Western Africa

DJ Arafat (Cote d’Ivoire) – Moto Moto

King Promise (Ghana) – Abena

Shatta Wale (Ghana) – My Level

Salif Keita (Mali) – Gnamale ft. Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Sidiki Diabate (Mali) – I Love You

Burna Boy (Nigeria) – Ye

Davido (Nigeria) – Wonder Woman

Kizz Daniel (Nigeria) – Madu

Wizkid (Nigeria) – Fever

Best Female Artiste In Southern Africa

Ammara Brown (Zimbabwe) – Svoto ft. Mr. Eazi

Tamy Moyo (Zimbabwe) – Kwandinobva

Chikune (Namibia) – Pieces ft. Mbosso

Trina South (Zambia) – Weka

Zonke (South Africa) – Tonight

Kelly Khumalo (South Africa) – Jehova ft. J Flo

Nadia Nakai (South Africa) – Imma Boss

Sho Madjozi (South Africa) – Idhom

Best Male Artiste In Southern Africa

Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe) – Dzamutsana

Winky D (Zimbabwe) – MuGarden ft. Gemma

AKA (South Africa) – Jika ft. Yanga Chief

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) – Move for Me ft. Boskasie

Black Coffee (South Africa) – ft. David Guetta and Delilah Montagu

Nasty C (South Africa) – SMA ft. Rowlene

Prince Kaybee (South Africa) – Banomoya ft. Busiswa and TNS

Sjava (South Africa) – Umama

Best Female Artiste In Northern Africa

Kenza Morsli (Algeria) – Kettal

Souhila Ben Lachhab (Algeria) – Donia Gdeda

Sherine (Egypt) – Kadabeen

Jaylann (Morocco) – Allo Allo

Nada Azhari (Morocco) – Jrit

Psychoqueen (Morocco) – Enta Habibi

Salma Rachid (Morocco) – Ma Gazzelle ft. Mok Salib

Best Male Artiste In Northern Africa

DJ Moh Green (Algeria) – Africa Proud

Soolking (Algeria) – Esperance

Ahmed Soultan (Morocco) – Draw My Life

Amiinux (Morocco) – Bini W Biwaen

Yann’Sine (Morocco) – J’essaie

Amr Diab (Egypt) – Bahebo

Cairokee (Egypt) – Kan Lak Ma ‘Ya

Mostafa Hagag (Egypt) – Khatwa

Tamer Hosny (Egypt) – Naseny Lay

Best Female Artiste In Eastern Africa

Irene Namatovu (Uganda) – Tweyanze

Sheebah (Uganda) – Wankona

Nikita Kering (Kenya) – Happy With You

Maua Sama (Tanzania) – Lokote

Nandy (Tanzania) – Aibu

Rosa Ree (Tanzania) – Dip n Wine It ft. G Nako

Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) – Moyo

Queen Darleen (Tanzania) – Mbali ft. Harmonize

Best Male Artiste In Eastern Africa

Boy Black (Madagascar) – Hitambarako

Shyn (Madagascar) – Ngoma ft. Denise

Khaligraph Jones (Kenya) – Leave Me Alone

Nyashinski (Kenya) – Hello

Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) – Inama ft. Fally Ipupa

Harmonize (Tanzania) – Never Give Up

Mbosso (Tanzania) – Hodari

Rayvanny (Tanzania) – Tetema ft. Diamond Platnumz

Best Female Artiste In Central Africa

Shan’L (Gabon) – Ces’t Pas Les Gbes

Blanche Bailly (Cameroon) – Ton Pied Mon Pied

Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon) – Un Jour Dans Ma Vie

Daphne (Cameroon) – Ne Laches Pas

Anna Joyce (Angola) – Destino

Bruna Tatiana (Angola) – Musica Para Ti

Duda (Angola) – Fica So ft. Landrick

Titica (Angola) – Giro De Bicycleta ft. Laton Cordeiro

Best Male Artiste In Central Africa

C4 Pedro (Angola) – Se Eu Soubesse

Rui Orlando (Angola) – Me Leva Contigo ft. Barbara Bandeira

Ya Levis (DRC) – Katchua

Niska (Congo Brazzaville) – Medicament

Fally Ipupa (Congo) – Aime Moi

Maitre Gims (Congo) – Hola Senorita ft. Maluma

Locko (Cameroon) – Let Go

Magasco (Cameroon) – Calling My Driver ft Mimie

Salatiel (Cameroon) – Anita

The four-day fiesta will begin with the Welcome Soiree followed by the AFRIMA Music Village, the Host City Tour, the Africa Music Business Summit, the exclusive Nominees Party and concludes with the live Awards Ceremony. Fans can follow the event by tunning into 84 AFRIMA partner television stations or through the AFRIMA App and social media.

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