• Diamond Platnumz, Davido, Teniola, Fally Ipupa, AKA, and Shatta Wale made the 6th AU AFRIMA Awards nominee list

    LAGOS – AU, AFRIMA unveil nominees for 6TH awards ceremony

    Diamond Platnumz, Davido, Teniola, Fally Ipupa, AKA, Shatta Wale, Amara Brown, DJ Arafat make regional list.

    The African Union (AU) and the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have unveiled the nominees’ list (regional category) for its 6th edition.

    The event was held at a news conference on Wednesday, at the Abora Hall, of Eko Hotels And Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

    L-R: Ms. Zineb Seyad, Northern Africa; Ms. Adenrele Niyi, Associate Producer, AFRIMA; Pamela Embelle Happi, French Compere and AFRIMA project manager during the World Conference Announcement of the 6th All Africa Music Awards Nominees list held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    The event was attended by an array of music industry professionals, artistes and music reporters.

    The nominees’ list for Regional and Continental category emerged from the 8,157 songs/videos received as entries from its online portal, which closed on August 2, 2019. 

    The event was broadcast on African Independent Television (AIT), RayPower FM and Tennis Music FM.

    The remaining 25 continental categories will be released on Friday,August 23,2019 after auditing by the International auditors of AFRIMA.

    According to the organisers, the Regional category for Best Female Artistes and Best Male Artistes of the five regions (Western, Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Central Africa) was thoroughly selected from the entries to reveal artiste who will be competing at the awards ceremony. 

    This year’s list showcases a wide range of creativity and talents both from new and known artiste across the regions.

    However, artistes like Shatta Wale, Kizz Daniel, Salif Keita, Burna Boy will be competing for the Best Male category in Western Africa. Teniola, Simi, Aya Nakamura, Mzvee, Yemi Alade, among others, will be competing for the Best Female category in Western Africa. 

    Dominating Central Africa are Cameroonian artiste Blanche Baily, Charlotte Dipanda, Daphne alongside their male counterparts Locko, Magasco and Salatiel. 

    For Eastern Africa are great contenders, including Sheebah from Uganda; Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania; Nikita Kering from Kenya with Tanzanian Diamond platinum, Rayvanny, Mboso, and Kenyan Khaligraph Jones and Nyashinski. 

    L-R: AFRIMA International Jury members Mr. Olisa Adibua, Juror Western Africa; Mr. Delani Makhalima Juror, Southern Africa; Ms. Rita Ray, Juror Europe Diaspora; Mr. Chris Syren, Juror, Southern Africa;  Mr. Robert Ekukole, Juror, Central Africa;  Mr. Charles Tabu,  Juror, Central Africa; Ms. Zineb Seyad, Northern Africa; Mr. Tabu Osusa, Juror Eastern Africa; Mr. Joett, Juror, Eastern Africa and Ms. Adenrele Niyi, Associate Producer, AFRIMA, during the World Conference Announcement of the 6th All Africa Music Awards Nominees list held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    Moroccan Yann’Sine, Ahmed Soultan, Amiinux, and Algerian Soolking with Cairokee from Egypt, Salma Rachid from Morocco will be battling it out in the Northern region for Best Male and Female category. 

    A huge representation for South African artistes were noticeable at the event as they held sway over the Southern African region for both Male and Female categories. These artistes include AKA, Nasty C, Cassper Nyovest, Sjava, Black Coffee, Kelly Khumalo, Zonke, Nadia Nakai among others. Amara Brown, Tamy Moyo, Jah Prayzah, and Winky D also lock down few spots for Zimbabwe in the Southern regional category. 

    The continental category comprising of different genres of music will be released Friday, August 23rd, after an auditing process from the international auditors of AFRIMA. 

    Drawing from their pool of experience and professionalism, the 13-man jury, guided by the AFRIMA acronym FACEIT, which stands for Fairness, Authenticity, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity, and Transparency, underwent a week-long process of thoroughly screening, categorising, assessing, and grading from the thousands of entries in order to arrive at a best reflection of rich and creative talents embedded in African music, reviewed songs were produced between the period of August 1, 2018 to August 2, 2019. 

    L-R: Mr. Charles Tabu, Juror, Central Africa; Ms. Zineb Seyad, Northern Africa; Mr. Tabu Osusa, Juror Eastern Africa; Ms. Rita Ray, Juror Europe Diaspora during the World Conference Announcement of the 6th All Africa Music Awards Nominees list held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    The jury also gave a report on their activities, including the tireless and assiduous process they had to embark upon during adjudication, the quality of works received, criteria for selection, and the voting process. 

    The AFRIMA online voting platform is set to open to the public on Sunday, September 1 and will run till November 22, where both continental and regional nominees in the 36 AFRIMA awarding categories will compete against one another for the coveted 23.9 carats gold-plated AFRIMA Trophy. 

    Nominees will depend on their fans and followers spread across the globe to vote for them in an open voting process via the AFRIMA website, www.afrima.org 

    The 2019 AFRIMA ceremony scheduled to hold on November 20-23, 2019 during a four-day fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentricism and entertainment in the official awards Host City will commence 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. 

    L-R: Mr. Joett, Juror, Eastern Africa Mr. Olisa Adibua, Juror Western Africa; Mr. Delani Makhalima Juror; Mr. Robert Ekukole, Juror, Central Africa during the World Conference Announcement of the 6th All Africa Music Awards Nominees list held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    Fans of African music globally can follow along and take part in the AFRIMA 2019 events on social media, live stream on the AFRIMA website, the AFRIMA App and by tuning to over 84 television stations which are AFRIMA partners

    Continental Category scheduled for release on August 23

    Voting to begin Sept 1 to Nov 22

    Main events for November 20-23

      

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