Davido, Wizkid and Symi were nominated for the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA 2018).
The organizers of the publication "All Africa Music Awards" (AFRIMA) in 2018, which is scheduled to be held in November, released a full list of nominees for this year's edition.
Nigerian Heavyweights Davido, Wyzkid, This, Tiva Savage all earned their place along with other African superstars in South Africa chieftains, DRC Maitre Gims, Diamond Platnumz, Betty G and Nasty C who all collected several nominations for a brilliant and consistent year.
Other Nigerian artists nominated in several categories include: Olamayd, Mr. Real, Patooranking, Mr. P, Coal Wende and Kizz Daniel,
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, an artist and rapper, created by Maitre Gimse and the fast-growing singer of South Africa Shekhina, received seven nominations each to perform with the highest nominees for the fifth edition of the awards.
It became known when the Commission of the African Union, the AUC and the International Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA released the long-awaited full list of regional and continental categories of the annual awards ceremony for the public on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
Closely following the main contenders are Tanzania Diamond Platnumz and Betty G of Ethiopia, each of which has earned six nominations; while Simi (Nigeria) and Nasty C (South Africa) were in the fifth list of AFRIMA candidates with five nominations per piece.
AFRIMA adds four new categories of awards, namely the African DJ of the year; Best African dance / choreography; African Lyrics / Rapper of the Year and Best African Act in the Diaspora, which was presented in June 2018 by the African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA, to provide an opportunity for expansion and integration into the African music industry.
Commenting on the final list of candidates for the 5th AFRIMA and about how the jury came to find the best pieces of music during the year in question, the sworn AFRIMA representing East Africa, Tabu Osusa, said,
"This year, AFRIMA has registered a record number of entries in its competition. We were very pleased to note that most of the new talents are entering it. 13 jurors had a difficult task, which consisted of more than 8,000 talented and creative records.
This led to heated sessions and far from unanimous decisions. An odd number of jurors was recognized as a blessing, allowing us to make decisions by the majority.
After a lot of sweat, long discussions and late hours, the jury appointed the best artists in every genre. Now the public must go through this process and help find new African talents. "
Public voting will begin on the AFRIMA website on Saturday, September 1, where both continental and regional candidates in 36 AFRIMA award categories will compete against each other for the coveted 23.9-carat gold-plated AFRIMA Trophy.
See the list of nominees for the main categories below:
The Best Women in West Africa
Best man in West Africa
Artist of the Year
Tiwa Savage ft Wizkid & Spellz – Nigeria (Ma Lo)
Starboy feat Wizkid, Ceeza Milli, Terri, Spotless – Nigeria (Soko)
Davido – Nigeria (FIA)
Betty G – Ethiopia (Vegega)
Almaz Platnumtz – Tanzania (Sikomi)
Kwesta feat Wale – South Africa (Spirit)
Maitre Gims feat Vianney-DRC (La Meme)
Nasty C – South Africa (jungle)
Saad Lamjarred – Morocco (Casablanca)
Best African Cooperation
Tiwa Savage Ft Wizkid & Spellz – Nigeria (Ma Lo)
Balti Ft Hamuda – Tunisia (I'm Lily)
DJ Moh Green Ft. Magasco – Algeria / Cameroon (Por Favor)
DJ Spinall & Wizkid – Nigeria (Nowo)
Fally Ipupa Ft. KeBlack & Naza – DRC (mannequin)
GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patappa & Pappy Kojo – Ghana (Akwaaba)
Maitre Gims Ft. Vianney – DRC / France (La Meme)
Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa Ft. Nasty C, Frozen Prince, Patoria, Dizhenna – Particle
Nasty C & Runtown – South Africa / Nigeria (Said)
Revolution and magical system – Côte d'Ivoire (Kelly)
Sauti Sol & Patoranking – Kenya / Nigeria (Melanin)
Best man in South Africa