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Sifting through over 400 works of Africa’s talent at home and in the Diaspora, AFRIMA announces award nominations, Blaq Diamond in the lead; Wizkid, Nigeria’s Omah Lay, Davido, Burna Boy make list

With eight nominations for their song, ‘SummerYoMuthi,’ South Africa’s sensation, Blaq Diamond, is leading the AFRIMA

With eight nominations for their song, ‘SummerYoMuthi,’ South Africa’s sensation, Blaq Diamond, is leading the AFRIMA – All Africa Music Awards – nominations for 2021, in the release made by organizers of the prestigious award.

Other award categories 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 followed with 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).

Nigeria’s Burna Boy received 3 nominations…

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 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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