FG Pledges Full Support For AFRIMA As Nigeria Hosts 2019 Edition

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The Federal Government has promised its full support for the successful hosting of the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), as the country prepares to host the glamorous event in Lagos 20-23 November 2019, with the theme: ”Feel Africa”.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the promise in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

”When you look at the All Africa Music Awards, it’s one of the biggest awards for the music industry in Africa, and what government has done in the past is to provide the enabling environment for the awards to take place.

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”We provided support services for AFRIMA, we gave them the backing they need and I think it’s on record that the AFRIMA editions that have been held in Nigeria have been among the most successful.

”This year again, we are ready to partner AFRIMA professionally, give them the maximum support such as effective media coverage and also help them in reaching out to other critical stakeholders,” the Minister said.

He said part of the reasons why Nigeria has successfully hosted the music awards is because the country has relaxed its visa regime, with the visa on arrival policy, thus making it easier for people to come in.

AFRIMA, which was first held in 2014, was established in collaboration with the African Union (AU) to reward and celebrate musical talents and creativity in Africa as well as to promote African Cultural Heritage.

Davido, Burna Boy, Nasty C Top 2019 AFRIMA Continental Nominees’ List

Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido and Damini Ogulu with the stage name Burna Boy have scored high nominations in AFRIMA Continental Nominees’ List of 2019.

Also South African rapper and producer, Nasty C and Northern Africa’s showman, Tamer Hosny made the top list of the nominations.

The list was released by the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, on Sunday.

The Continental categories are made up of the different genres of African music from Hip-Hop, Jazz, R’n’B, Pop and Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall to other coveted categories such as ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Producer of the Year’ and ‘Best African Collaboration’ among others.

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Over 200 songs have been nominated from a variety of artistes in the Continental and Regional categories cutting across a host of African talents and creative living on the continent and in the diaspora.

South Africa’s Nasty C leads the nominations with nine nominations in the following categories; 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 African Rapper/Lyricist, Best African Collaboration, Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip-Hop, Songwriter of the Year in Africa and Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R’n’B & Soul.

Nigeria’s Davido follows closely with six nominations which include; Best Male Artiste in Western Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, African Fans’ Favourite, Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R’n’B & Soul, and Best African Collaboration for ‘Blow My Mind with Chris Brown’.

Killin Dem’ cronner, Burna Boy picked up five different nominations which are Best Male Artiste in Western Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, Album of the Year in Africa and Best African Collaboration.

Egyptian artiste, Tamer Hosny copped four nominations in the following categories; Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, and Songwriter of the Year in Africa.

Other artistes with multiple nominations include Diamond Platnumz who accrued four nominations and South Africa’s producer and DJ, Prince Kaybee with five spots.

The public voting for the sixth AFRIMA Nominees stands a chance to win the 23.9 Carat Gold-Plated AFRIMA trophy commences on September 1 and closes on November 22.

Davido Wins AFRIMA Artist Of The Year

 

Superstar Davido took home the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) trophy for artist of the year, leading a strong showing for the West African powerhouse famous for its roster of Afrobeats stars.

Musicians from across the continent came to the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana’s capital on Saturday to walk the red carpet and celebrate a year of big hits.

Betty G from Ethiopia took home album of the year, while best African DJ went to Afrotronix, who has roots in Chad.

Nigerian rapper Falz took home the award for best African rapper after courting controversy this year when he released “This is Nigeria”, a cover of the Childish Gambino hit that skewered modern Nigeria.

“Akwaaba”, an infectious collaboration between GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa and Pappy Kojo won song of the year and best African collaboration.

Nigeria’s 2Baba won the award for best African pop, Ghana’s Stonebwoy for best reggae, and South Africa’s Sibusiso Mashiloane for best jazz.

Kuami Eugene, a Ghanaian crooner, was named the “most promising” artist in Africa.

AFRIMA has carved out space as a platform to showcase the innovative and prolific African music industry that has exploded in the past decade.

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Wizkid Wins Big At AFRIMA Awards

Star Boy, Ayo Balogun also Known as Wizkid won big at the just concluded All African Music Awards (AFRIMA).

Wizkid beat popular musician Davido to win the Best Male West Africa award.

The event which was hosted by Senegalese/American musician Akon drew different musicians from home and abroad.

Also in attendance was the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.

See full list of winners below;

Best male artiste in Central Africa – Locko

Best female artiste in Central Africa – Montess

Best male artiste in Northern Africa – Shefi

Best female artiste in Northern Africa – Ibitssam Tiskat

Best male artiste in South Africa – Emtee

Best female artiste in South Africa – Thandiswa

Most influential African artiste – Neza

African fan favourite – The Dogg

Best African collaboration – Ali Beka

Best artiste in African jazz – Nduduzo Makhatini

Best artiste/group in African rock – Gilad Millo

Best in contemporary African RnB & soul – Eli Keba

Best Artiste in contemporary song – Wande Coal (Iskaba)

Best artiste in African raggae/dancehall – 2baba

Best artiste in African traditional – Halmelmal Abate

Best African hip-hop – Ycee

Best artiste in African pop – Tofaan

Best female artist in inspirational – Asike

Best male artiste in inspirational- Gilad

Video of the year – Orezi (Cooking Pot)

African legend award – Salif Keita and Oliver ‘Tutu’ Mtukudzi

Songwriter of the year – Simi

Best African group – Toofan

African discovery of the year – Shyfan

Producer of the year – DJ Cublon

Album of the year – Eddy Kenzo

Song of the year – Wizkid

Artiste of the year – Wizkid

Wizkid, Davido,Tiwa Savage Get AFRIMA 2017 Nomination

Nigerian music acts for the fourth time in a row again dominate the West African class of the regional nomination categories of the All African Music Awards (AFRIMA) as the organisers released the nomination list in Lagos, south west Nigeria.

From the best West African male and female categories, Nigerian acts receive ten nods from a total 17 nominations.

Wizkid, his Protégé, Mr. Eazi; Hkn Boss Davido, will join Runtown, Tripple Mg singer Tekno in the race for the best male prize contending against Sarkodie from Ghana, MHD from Guinea, and DJ Arafat from Ivory Coast.

In the female category Yemi Alade, Seyi Shey, Tiwa Savage and Aramide will fly the Nigerian flag at the Pan African awards ceremony scheduled for later this year.

According to the jury members, entries for these year’s installment were in excess of four thousand and were prone by 13 judges representing the different region on the black continent.

The full list of nominees for the 2017 All Africa Music Awards will be released over the next few days.

Meanwhile, this is the full list of the regional categories:

Central Africa (Best Female)

  • Montess – Love Witta Gun Man (Cameroon)
  • Reniss – Mamamuh (Cameroon)
  • Ewube – Fall On You (Cameroon)
  • Nsoki – Africa Unite ft DJ Maphorisa & Paulo Alves (Angola)
  • Daphne – Calee (Cameroon)
  • Mimie – Dance Fi You (Cameroon)
  • Merveilee – Toi (Cameroon)
  • Bussine – All Africa Party (Gabon)

Central Africa (Best Male)

  • Maitre Gims – Tout Donner (DRC)
  • Hiro – Ton Pied, Mon Pied ft Chidinma (DRC)
  • Big Nelo – O Legado Da Lenda (Angola)
  • Locko – Supporter ft Mr Leo (Cameroon)
  • Fally Ipupa – Eleko Oyo (DRC)
  • Jovie – Ou Meme (Cameroon)
  • Anselmo Ralph – Casas Comigo (Angola)
  • Ke Black – Bazardee (DRC)

East Africa (Best Female)

  • Juliana Kanyamozi – I Am Still Here (Uganda)
  • Chess Nthusi – Give It to You (Kenya)
  • Victoria Kimani – Giving You ft Sarkodie (Kenya)
  • Lady Jaydee – Sawa Na Wao (Tanzania)
  • Vanessa Mdee – Cash Madam (Tanzania)
  • Wayna Wondersonn – You Are Not Alone (Ethiopia)
  • Nandy – One Day (Tanzania)

East Africa (Best Male)

  • Diamond Platnumz – Eneka (Tanzania)
  • Sinishaw Legesse – Selam Ethiopia (Ethiopia)
  • Qritiqual – Malika (Kenya)
  • Kibrom Birhane – Eskista ft Nassmbu Burasa (Ethiopia)
  • Henok & Mehari Brothers – Firkir Yishala (Ethiopia)
  • Alikiba – Aje ft MI Abaga (Tanzania)
  • Octopizzo – TBT (Kenya)
  • Mure K.E – Excuse my Language (Kenya)

Southern Africa (Best Female)

  • Sally Boss Madam – Bimbim ft Busiswa (Namibia)
  • Babes Wodumo – Family ft Maphorisa & Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
  • Busiswa – Inggongo (South Africa)
  • Lebo Segobela – Lion of Judah (South Africa)
  • Amanda Black – Amazulu (South Africa)
  • Ru – Down (Zimbabwe)
  • Thandiswa – Nontsokolo (South Africa)

 Southern Africa (Best Male)

  • Hugh Masekela – Shango (South Africa)
  • AKA – The World is Yours (South Africa)
  • Nasty C – Down South ft Seyi Shay & Ma E (South Africa)
  • Tay Grin – Tola ft Vanessa Mdee (Malawi)
  • Emtee – We Up (South Africa)
  • Jah Prayzah – Watora Mari ft Diamond Platnumz (Zimbabwe)
  • Nduduzo Makhathini – Igagu (South Africa)

 West Africa (Best Female)

  • Oumou Sangare – Yere Faga ft Tony Allen (Mali)
  • Aramide – Why So Serious (Nigeria)
  • Viviane Chidid – Lon Kelen (Senegal)
  • Yemi Alade – Tumbum (Nigeria)
  • Seyi Shay – Yolo Yolo (Nigeria)
  • Tiwa Savage – All Over (Nigeria)
  • Becca – Na Wash ft Patoranking (Ghana)
  • Zeynab – Noctambule ft Shadow Chris (Benin)

 West Africa (Best Male)

  • Runtown – Mad Over You (Nigeria)
  • Sarkodie – Pain Killer (Ghana)
  • Wizkid – Come Closer ft Drake (Nigeria)
  • DJ Arafat – Agbangnan (Ivory Coast)
  • Mr Eazi – Leg Over (Nigeria)
  • MHD – La Puissnace (Guinea)
  • YCee – Juice (Nigeria)
  • Davido – Fall (Nigeria)
  • Tekno – Rara (Nigeria)

North Africa (Best Female)

  • Ibitssam Tiskat – Menak Wla Meni (Morocco)
  • Zaho – Tant De Choses (Algeria)
  • Assma Lmnawar –  3ndou Zine (Morocco)
  • Sherine – Koul Maghani (Egypt)
  • Zina Daoudia – Sayidati (Morocco)
  • Cheba Maria – Kheltini (Algeria)

North Africa (Best Male)

  • Fnaire – Ngol Mali (Morocco)
  • Shayfeen – Wach Kayn Wader (Morocco)
  • French Montana – Unforgettable (Morocco)
  • Balti – Wela la (Tunisia)
  • Tasmer Hosny – Ya Maley 3eny (Egypt)
  • L’algerino – Les Monetess (Algeria)
  • Saad Lmjarred – Ghaltana (Morocco)
  • Lacrim – Collonel Carillo (Algeria)

Aramide Opens Her ‘Suitcase’ At Listening Party

aramide1In an event that was well-attended by friends, fans and music lovers, Afro-soul singer, Aramide, has finally opened her ‘suitcase’, at her album listening party that took place at the Fuse Lounge, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Explaining the uniqueness of the album title, she said “when you are going on a journey, the first thing you think about is a ‘Suitcase’, and that is why my debut album is titled Suitcase.

According to the artist, “the ‘Suitcase’ is filled with emotions, love, society, appreciation, God, my journey, heartbreak and I want everyone to come with me on this journey”.

With the debut album slated for release on November 22, 2016, Aramide hinted fans that “there is more to come when the album is released”.

Aramide started her music quest in 2006, when she contested in one of Nigeria’s most prestigious talent hunt shows, Star Quest.

Since then, she has slowly carved her own niche and is already being ranked among other industry A-listers such as Tiwa-Savage and Yemi Alade.

She also bagged the honourable Best Female Western Africa Act, at the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 3.0,  which took place on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

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Here’s a sneak peak of the album track list, with what has been described as one of the most creative album art of the year.

Wizkid Bags Artist Of The Year Award

Wizkid, artist of the yearStarboy singer, Wizkid, has added another feather to his cap as he wins ‘Artiste of the Year’ for a second time in 2016.

He was nominated along-side Tekno, Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo, Tiwa Savage, among others, at the AFRIMA 3.0 concert held on November 6, 2016 at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos.

Although he was also nominated in the Best Male Act Western Africa, Song of the Year, and Best African Pop act categories, he lost to Flavour, Diamond Platnumz’s ‘Utanipenda’ and Diamond Platnumz again, respectively.

This comes shortly after he bagged the Best Artist Of The Year Award at the recently concluded MTV Africa Music Awards.

With his music gaining more international recognition, Wizkid has no doubt had a phenomenal career year.

Over the weekend, he was also awarded the Best African Act and Best Worldwide Act at the MTV EMA’s, while he was awarded the Best African Act at the 2016 MOBO Awards about a week ago.

Nigerian Artistes Dominate List Of Nominees For Africa Music Awards

AFRIMA, 2016, Nominees, West africaNominees for the various regional categories of the 2016 Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have been announced.

The 3rd edition of the music awards, which is taking place in Lagos, South-west Nigeria, kicks off with jury members from different regions in Africa.

Nigerian music seems to be dominating, as artists such as Aramide, Tiwa Savage, Shey Shay in the female category and Wizkid, Flavor and Tekno, in the male category, have topped the on-going nominations for the West African category.

The AFRIMA is not relenting on its key focus areas, which is to produce an international platform to celebrate the African cultural heritage and values.

It is also a avenue to create sustainable growth of the African music industry, as a contributor to national and continental economies.

Hence, in partnership with the African Union, (AU), it is promising to create a brand that lives up to the expectations of its internal and external stakeholders.

The 2016 edition therefore, is expected to be the biggest music event in Africa so far.

Producer AFRIMA, Mike Dada says, the idea is to change the narrative of Africa, through the instrumentality of music, art, culture, entertainment and tourism.

Another jury member reiterated that the AFRIMA platform was an opportunity to have a real taste of the African diversity.

“When we speak about diversity, we speak academically, we actually never experience the diversity until you join a team of people like these.

“You start seeing differences in perspective, levels of knowledge and all these different colours that shape our understanding of the African continent,” he said.

On what the AFRIMA stands for, the AU Head Of Culture, Angela Martins, said: “For us The AFRIMA platform brings together, African musicians for continental integration and to celebrate our rich music and heritage”.

AFRIMA Announces Nominees For 2015

afrimaNominees for the 2015 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have been announced with several Nigerian acts running to pick up honors at the Pan African Ceremony.

Part of the 10 artistes running to be named the Best Artiste Of The Year are five Nigerian stars, Davido, Flavour, Olamide, Wizkid and Yemi Alade, alongside other African acts.

The award ceremony is billed to hold in Lagos, Nigeria, in November 2015.

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What Gospel Artistes Should Do To Make Money – Nikki Laoye

Nikki laoyeAlthough some gospel musicians, including Ibitayo Jeje (who featured President Olusegun Obasanjo in her video) may complain of low returns on investments and lack of adequate support from the Christian community, Nikki Laoye says she’s making her money.

Ibitayo Jeje recently spoke to Channels Television, about gospel music not paying as it should, berating Christians for supporting secular artistes more that they support gospel artistes.

However, in a recent chat with Channels Television’s Entertainment correspondent, Mayowa Ogundele, Nikki Laoye,  shared tips on how gospel musicians can make more money and her number one tip is – Get Busy!

“You need what you are doing as an artiste. For me, I am more than your typical gospel artiste. My music has crossed over. My music is needed in many different ways, so I’m actually making my money in different corners.

Making reference to her performance at Mo Abudu’s 50th birthday party, and other works, Nikki said she has been very busy and her music is “all over the place.

“What I will just tell people is, make sure your music is relevant. Make sure your music is needed. Wherever it is, you’ll be called.”

She noted that artistes should not depend on music alone, adding that she has other businesses – including blogging and radio presenting, that fetch her income.

She also complained of the lack of structure in the entertainment industry, which causes artistes to lose money.

“I’m not in one place, depending on my music alone. I’m a business woman at the same time”.

Nikki Laoye recently won Female Artiste of The Year (Africa) at the African Gospel Music Awards in London. Also, her song titled “Only You” won Best Worship Song at the 2014 Crsytal Awards. She has nominations in the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, AFRIMA (U.S and Africa).