At sixth AFRIMA, Africans unite to celebrate excellence
It was a night of glitz, glamour and panache last Saturday, November 23, 2019, as the best of Africa’s entertainment was showcased at the sixth All Africa Music Award, AFRIMA. Held at the Eko Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, the event attracted high networth guests, A-list artistes of diverse cultural backgrounds from the continent. It was indeed a night not to be forgotten easily.
On parade at the event were Sauti Sol (Kenya), Amiinux (Morocco), Stonebwoy (Ghana) and Kanvee Adams (Liberia). The natural resources-rich Democratic Republic of Congo had two artistes on parade, Awilo Logomnba and Ferre Gola, just as South Africa had three, Nadia Nakai, Tellaman and Master KG. The 17-year old Kenyan, Nikita Karren, gave a wonderful performance, which drew a standing ovation from the audience.
Nigeria, being the host country, had five slots — Teni Apata, Skibi, Praiz, JoeBoy, and the legend of the hiphop generation, Innocent Idibia, aka 2Baba.
In all, 29 artistes performed at what many describe as the biggest night of music in the continent, which equally enthroned some of the creatives, as the very best across musical genres.
The regional category conferred status on artistes such as Salatiel (Cameroun) who was named Best Male Artist in Central Africa for his work, ‘Anita. Other winners are Best Female Artist in Central Africa — Shan’L (Gabon) – ‘Ces’t Pas Les Gbes’, Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa — Khaligraph Jones (Kenya) – ‘Leave Me Alone’. Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa — Nikita Kering (Kenya) – ‘Happy With You’, Best Male Artist in Northern Africa — Amiinux (Morocco) – ‘Bini W Biwaen’, Best Female Artist in Northern Africa — Nada Azhari (Morocco) – ‘Jrit’, Best Male Artist in Southern Africa — Sjava (South Africa) – ‘Umama’, Best Female Artist in Southern Africa — Nadia Nakai (South Africa) – ‘Imma Boss’, Best Male Artist in Western Africa — Burna Boy (Nigeria) – ‘Ye’ and Best Female Artist in Western Africa — Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) – ‘One’.
Winners in the Continental categories are: African Fans’ Favourite — Mohamed Ramadan (Egypt) – ‘Mafia’, Album of the Year in Africa — Afrikan Sauce – Sauti Sol (Kenya) Artist of the Year in Africa — Burna Boy (Nigeria) – ‘Gbona’, Best African Act in the Diaspora — Manno Beats (Chad) – ‘Akouna’ ft. Afrotronix & Vox Sambou, Best African Collaboration — Nasty C (South Africa) – ‘SMA’ ft. Rowlene , Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Contemporary — 2Baba (Nigeria) – ‘Oyi’ ,Best African Dance or Choreography — Aminux (Morocco) – ‘Bini W Binek’ , Best African DJ — DJ Spinall (Nigeria) – ‘Dis Love’ ft. Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and Best African Duo, Group or Band Crystal Asige & Kaskazini and Best African Artist, Duo or Group in African Electro — Manno Beats (Chad) – ‘Akouna’ ft. Afrotronix & Vox Sambou and Song of the Year in Africa — ‘Fever’ – Wizkid (Nigeria) among others.
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