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Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Others to Battle for AFRIMA Award

Nigerians Hip Hop Singers, Ibrahim Ayo Balogun (Wizkid), David Adeleke, (Davido), Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage and others are set to battle for the prestigious All Africa Music Awards as the Organizers released the 2021 nominees list with South Africa’s sensation duo, Blaq Diamond leading the pack with eight nominations for their song, ‘SummerYoMuthi.’

Their Nomination song for the South Africa Sensation Duo include , ‘Best Male Artiste in Southern africa’; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Producer of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music’; ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop’; and ‘Best African Duo, Group or Band’.

South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’.

With his hit song, ‘Essence’ featuring Tems, Wizkid follows closely with six nominations including ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’, ‘Best Male Artist in Western Africa’ and ‘Album of the Year’. The Afro-beat singer’s other nominations are ‘Best African Collaboration’, ‘Song of the Year in Africa’, and ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R n B Soul’.

Aya Nakamura of French-Mali with her single, ‘Plus Jamais’ featuring Stormzy; Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz with his song, ‘waah’ featuring Koffi Olomide; Iba One of Mali for his single, ‘Education’, featuring Oumou Sangare and Mozambique’s DJ Tarico for his song, ‘Yaba buluku’ featuring Burna Boy, Preck & Nelson Tivane have five nominations each.

Nigeria’s sensation, Omah Lay has four nominations including ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste in Western Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop’ and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’ categories. Also, in the group of four nominations are Davido (Nigeria); Fally Ipupa (DRC Congo); MHD (Guinea); Patoranking (Nigeria); and Rayvanny (Tanzania).

Ghana’s Gyakie leads the three nominations slot in the ‘Best Male Artist in Western Africa’, ‘Best African Collaboration’ and ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R n B Soul’ categories. Also on the list of three nominations are Bella Shmurda (Nigeria); Nikita Kering (Kenya); Nata (Sierra Leone); Abir (Morocco); Olakira (Nigeria); Burna boy (Nigeria); Calema (Sao Tome & Principe); Casper Nyovest (South Africa); DJ Moh Green (Algeria); Djelykaba Bintou (Guinea); Ferre Gola (DRC Congo); Gyakie (Ghana); Kamo Mphela (South Africa); Kelly Khumalo (South Africa); Loco (Cameroon); Lojay & Sarz; Makhadzi (South Africa); Nasty C (South Africa); Rebo (DR Congo); Tems (Nigeria); Tiwa Savage (Nigeria); and Vector (Nigeria).

Artistes with two nominations are Shan’L (Gabon); Tayc (Cameroon); The Isomers (Nigeria); T’neeya (Cameroon); Cavemen (Nigeria); Afrie (Uganda); Solking (Algeria); Ko-C (Cameroon); Salatiel & Rutshelle Guillaume (Cameroon); Djodje (Cape Verde); Adekunle Gold (Nigeria); Bensoul (Kenya); Blxckie (South Africa); Franck Biyong (Cameroon); and Innoss’B (DR Congo).

Others are Kidi (Ghana); Ladipoe (Nigeria); Major League DJZ (South Africa); Manal (Morocco); Mapara A Jazz (South Africa); Mi Casa (South Africa); Nandy (Tanzania); Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde); Nomcebo Zikode (South Africa); Sauti Sol (Kenya); Stonebwoy (Ghana); Toofan (Togo); Yaw Tog (Ghana); Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and Zuchu (Tanzania).

According to the organizers, the nomination list, released on Wednesday, was from the over 8,880 songs submitted for adjudication. It features over 400 songs from artistes in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories cutting across African talents living on the continent and in the Diaspora.

A member of the 13-man AFRIMA International Jury, representing Diaspora (USA) & West Africa (Guinea), Hadja Kobele, said: “We believe we gave Africans and the world the very best nominations and songs in line with the 8,880 songs received under the year in review.”

“The nominees list comprising 28 continental award categories and 10 regional award categories released for public voting on AFRIMA website is coming few days after a rigorous long-week adjudication process.

The remaining two categories – Legend award category will be announced at the awards night while Best Soundtrack in a movie/series/documentary film category was suspended due to low quality entries for this year’s edition,” Head of Culture, African Union Commission on the Jury, Angela Martins, said.

The awards ceremony, which will be broadcast live on 84 television stations in 109 countries is scheduled to hold in Lagos between November 19 and 31.

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