The 5th AFRIMA 2018 Nominees: The Complete List

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Democratic Republic of Congo-born international recording artiste and rapper, Maître Gims and South Africa’s fast rising songstress, Shekhinah led the nominations for the 5th All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) announced on Tuesday, with seven.

They are followed by Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz and Ethiopia’s Betty G each with six nominations.

While Simi (Nigeria) and Nasty C (South Africa) got five nominations apiece.

Falz (Nigeria), Davido (Nigeria), and Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) with 3 each.

The 2018 edition of AFRIMA is scheduled to hold later in November.

The list was released by the African Union Commission, AUC, and the International Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA.

AFRIMA added four new awards categories namely : African DJ of the Year; Best African Dance/Choreography; African Lyricist/Rapper of the Year and Best African Act in Diaspora, introduced in June 2018 by the African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA to give room for expansion and inclusiveness in the African music industry.

Commenting on the final nominees list for the 5th AFRIMA and how the jury arrived at finding the best musical works within the year under review, AFRIMA Juror representing Eastern Africa, Tabu Osusa, said,

“This year, AFRIMA registered a record number of entries in its competition. We were very pleased to notice that mostly new talents have entered the competition.

‘’The 13 jurors had a hard task going through over 8000 talented and creative entries.

”It resulted in heated sessions and far from unanimous decisions. Being an odd number of jurors revealed to be a blessing allowing us to make decisions by the majority.

‘’After a lot of sweat, long discussions and late hours, the jurors designated the best artistes in each given genre. It is now up to the public to go through this process and help to find the new African talents.”

Public voting will commence on the AFRIMA website on Saturday, September 1, where both continental and regional nominees in the 36 AFRIMA awarding categories will compete against one another for the coveted 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA Trophy.

Here is the full list of nominees for the 5th AFRIMA Awards:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Betty G – Ethiopia (Wegegta)

Bombino- Niger (Deran)

Diamond Platnumz- Tanzania (A Boy from Tandale)

Lartiste- Morocco (Grandestino)

Maitre Gims- DRC (Ceinture Noire)

Mr. Leo- Cameroon (Love Original)

Shekhinah- South Africa (Rose Gold)

Simi- Nigeria (Simisola) 

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Betty G- Ethiopia (Wegegta)

Daphne- Cameroon (My Lover)

Davido- Nigeria (FIA)

Diamond Platnumz- Tanzania (Sikomi)

Kwesta- South Africa (Spirit Ft. Wale)

Maître Gims- DRC (La Meme Ft. Vianney)

Nasty C- South Africa (Jungle)

Saad Lamjarred- Morocco (Casablanca)

Starboy- Nigeria (Soco Ft. Terry, Spotless, Ceeza Milli & Wizkid)

Tiwa Savage- Nigeria (Ma Lo Ft. Wizkid & Spellz)

BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION

Tiwa Savage Ft Wizkid & Spellz – Nigeria (Ma Lo)

Balti Ft Hamouda – Tunisia (Ya Lili)

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, Ice Prince, Patoranking, Jidenna – Particula

Nasty C & Runtown – South Africa/Nigeria (Said)

Revolution & Magic System – Cote d’Ivoire (Kelly)

Sauti Sol & Patoranking – Kenya/Nigeria (Melanin)

BEST AFRICAN VIDEO

Armsdeal, South Africa- Let It Flow (Shane Eagle)

Cedrick Kayla, Togo- Affairage (Toofan)

Clarence Peters, Nigeria- Melanin (Sauti Sol)

Felicite Ben, Congo- Django (Dadju Ft. Franglish)

Jacob Bain, Mali- Nterini (Fatoumata Diawara)

Lebogang Rasethaba, South Africa- Money Calling (Nadia Nakai & Franck Casino)

Meji Alabi, Nigeria- Ma Lo (Tiwa Savage Ft. Wizkid)

OneMovie, Angola-Nosso Momento (Bruna Tatiana)

Sasha Vybz, Uganda- Freedom (Bebe Cool)

Sesan, Nigeria- Gringo (Shatta Wale)

Walid Ayoub, Morocco- Ya Mraya (Hamza El Fadly

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY

 

Charlotte Dipanda- Cameroon (Sista Ft. Yemi Alade)

Davido- Nigeria (FIA)

Diamond Platnumz- Tanzania (Sikomi)

EXQ- Zimbabwe (Tsvigiri)

Ferre Gola- DRC (Premiere Classe)

Josey- Cote d’Ivoire (Jour J-O)

Kidi – Ghana (Odo Remix Ft. Mayorkun & Davido)

Kizz Daniel- Nigeria (No Do)

L’Algérino- Algeria (Va Bene)

Mafikizolo- South Africa (Love Potion)

Nandy- Tanzania (Kivuruge)

Tekno- Nigeria (Jogodo)

Wande Coal- Nigeria (So Mi So)

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN DANCE OR CHOREOGRAPHY

Black M- Guinea (Bodyguard)

Cassper Nyovest- South Africa (Ksazobalit)

Fally Ipupa- DRC (Ecole)

Ferre Gola- DRC (Premiere classe)

GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo- Ghana (Akwaaba)

Mr P – Nigeria (Ebeano)

Olamide- Nigeria (Science Student)

Rouge (Rudi Smit) – South Africa (Arumtumtum)

Rythmz – Cameroon (Fedeti)

Shekhinah- South Africa (Please Mr.)

Toofan- Togo (Affairage)

 

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN DANCE OR CHOREOGRAPHY  

 

Name of Artiste Country Track Title
1 Black M Guinea Bodyguard
2 Cassper Nyovest South Africa Ksazobalit
3 Fally Ipupa DRC Ecole
4 Ferre Gola DRC Premiere classe
5 GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo Ghana Akwaaba
6 Mr P. Nigeria Ebeano
7 Olamide Nigeria Science Student
8 Rouge (Rudi Smit) South Africa Arumtumtum
9 Rythmz Cameroon Fedeti
10 Shekhinah South Africa Please Mr.
11 Toofan Togo Affairage

 

BEST AFRICAN DJ

Name of DJ Country Track Title
1 Afrotronix Chad OyO
2 DJ Arafat Cote d’Ivoire Dosabado
3 DJ Enimoney Nigeria Diet Ft. Tiwa Savage, Reminince & Slimcase
4 DJ Maphorisa South Africa Midnight Ft. DJ Tira, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly
5 DJ Moh Green Algeria Por Favor Ft. Magasco
6 DJ Oudy 1er Guinea Tourner Kabato
7 DJ Spinall Nigeria Nowo Ft. Wizkid
8 DJ Zoumanto Cameroon Do Like I Do Ft. Ko-C & Mimie
9 Van Morocco Live Your Dream  Ft. Dub Afrika

 

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ELECTRO

 

Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Afrotronix Chad OyO
2 Aminux Morocco Ghanjibo
3 Babes Wodumo South Africa Jiva Hezkombhede Ft. Duma Ntando & Mampintsha
4 Distruction Boyz South Africa Omunye Ft. Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi
5 DJ Enimoney, Tiwa Savage, Reminince & Slimcase Nigeria Diet
6 DJ Maphorisa South Africa Midnight Ft. DJ Tira, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly
7 Gold Fish South Africa Talk to Me
8 GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo Ghana Akwaaba
9 Lartiste Morocco Mafiosa  Ft. Carolina
10 Master KG South Africa Skeleton Move  Ft. Zanda Zakuza
11 Mr. Real Nigeria Legbegbe
12 Patoranking Nigeria Available

 

BEST AFRICAN DUO, GROUP OR BAND

Name of Duo/Group/Band Country Track Title
1 4Keus DRC Mignon Garçon Ft. Naza, Keblack & Dry
2 Distruction Boyz South Africa Omunye Ft. Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi
3 Fnaïre Morocco Siri Siri
4 H-Kayne Morocco Do What You Can’t Ft. Khaoula
5 Mafikizolo South Africa Love Potion
6 Mi Casa South Africa Nana
7 Revolution Cote d’Ivoire Kelly Ft. Magic System
8 Rythmz Cameroon Fedeti
9 Sauti Sol Kenya Melanin Ft. Patoranking
10 Toofan Togo Money

 

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN HIP HOP

 

Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Black M Guinea Mama
2 Cassper Nyovest South Africa Ksazobalit
3 Falz Nigeria Next Ft. Maleek Berry & Medikal
4 Khaligraph Jones Kenya Rider Ft. Petra
5 Kwesta South Africa Spirit Ft. Wale
6 M.ANIFEST FT KING PROMISE Ghana ME NE WOA
7 MHD Guinea Bodyguard Ft. Sidiki Diabaté
8 Muslim Morocco Aji M3aya
9 Nadia Nakai & Frank Casino South Africa Money Calling
10 Shane Eagle South Africa Let it Flow
11 Sofiane Algeria Arafricain Ft. Maître Gims

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN JAZZ

 

Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Alune Wade Senegal African Fast Food
2 Anabela Aya Angola I Love You Bue
3 Betty G Ethiopia Mengedegna
4 Fadhilee Kenya Afirika
5 Sibusiso Mashiloane South Africa Niza

 

BEST AFRICAN RAPPER OR LYRICIST

Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Cassper Nyovest South Africa Ksazobalit
2 Falz Nigeria La Fête
3 Khaligraph Jones Kenya Rider Ft. Petra
4 Muslim Morocco Aji M3aya
5 Nadia Nakai South Africa Naaa Meeaan Ft. Cassper Nyovest
6 Nasty C South Africa Jungle
7 Rouge South Africa Dololo Ft. Bigstar
8 Shane Eagle South Africa Let it Flow

 

 

 

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN POP

 

Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 2Baba Nigeria Amaka Ft. Peruzzi
2 Abu Egypt 3 Daqat Ft. Yousra
3 Ammara Brown Zimbabwe Akiliz
4 Fally Ipupa DRC Mannequin  Ft. KeBlack & Naza
5 Kuami Eugene Ghana Angela
6 Lyna Mahyem Algeria Bye Bye Ft. Medi Meyz
7 Maître Gims DRC La Meme Ft. Vianney
8 MHD & Wizkid Guinea Bella
9 Simi Nigeria Joromi
10 Toofan Togo Money
11 Vanessa Mdee Tanzania Wet Ft GNako

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN RAGGA, REGGAE & DANCEHALL

 

Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Burna Boy Nigeria Heaven’s Gate Ft. Lily Allen
2 Diamond Platnumz Tanzania Hallelujah Ft. Morgan Heritage
3 DJ Moh Green Algeria Kondo Ft. Locko & Axel Tony
4 Jah Prayzah Zimbabwe Angel Lo Ft. Jah Cure
5 MzVee Ghana Sing My Name Ft. Patoranking
6 Patoranking Nigeria Suh Different
7 Roberto Zambia Contolola Ft. Patoranking
8 Sauti Sol Kenya Melanin Ft Patoranking
9 Shatta Wale Ghana Gringo
10 Stonebwoy Ghana Hero
11 Van Morocco Live Your Dream Ft. Dub Afrika

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN R ‘N’ B & SOUL

 

Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Asikey Nigeria Dark
2 Banky W Nigeria Love You Baby
3 Bruna Tatiana Angola Amo-te
4 Dadju DRC Bob Marley
5 Djodje & Patoranking Cape Verde Be Mine
6 Emtee South Africa Me and You Ft. Tiwa Savage
7 Locko Cameroon Je Serai La
8 Patty Monroe South Africa Reminiscing
9 Praiz Nigeria Champagne and Flowers
10 Shekhinah South Africa Please Mr.

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ROCK

 

Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Angelique Kidjo Benin Once in a Lifetime
2 Bebe Cool Uganda Freedom
3 Betty G Ethiopia Ere Manew
4 Fokofpolisiekar South Africa Komma
5 Hoba Hoba Spirit Morocco Jnouni
6 Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh Egypt Ekaa Maksour
7 Rash Kenya Nitachange Ft. Ruff

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN TRADITIONAL

 

Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Bombino Niger Tehigren (The Trees)
2 Fatoumata Diawara Mali Nterini
3 Harouna Samake Mali Try Voice
4 Irene Namatovu Uganda Nsambila Nyuma Nga Janzi
5 Raina Ray Morocco Zhar
6 Stephane Akam Cameroon Che Woue
7 Teni Nigeria Fargin
8 Themindofay Nigeria Sasa
9 Wally Seck Senegal Mirna
10 Wutah Ghana Bronya

 

BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC

Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Amanda Malela DRC Kumama
2 Charlotte Dipanda Cameroon Sista Ft. Yemi Alade
3 DJ Lee Ethiopia Etege
4 Gloria Muliro Kenya Narudisha
5 Janet Otieno Kenya Narudi
6 Ogecha Nigeria Ufedo Mi
7 Ruby The Pigeon Namibia Rorisang
8 Sandra Nankoma Uganda Kaddugala

 

BEST MALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC

Name of Artiste Country Track Title
1 Cobhams Asuquo Nigeria One Hit
2 Degg J Force Guinea Fale
3 Falz Nigeria Child of the World
4 Macky2 Zambia Umutima Wandi Ft. Ephraim & Njamba
5 Mr. Leo Cameroon Pray
6 Ochu Sheggy Tanzania Mabusu Ya Yuda
7 Prosper Menko Cameroon Belle Weh Ft. Protek Illasheva
8 Sarkodie Ghana Glory Ft. Yung
9 Stephane Akam Cameroon Che Woue
10 Wazih Cameroon Be Happy

 

MOST PROMISING ARTISTE IN AFRICA

Name of Artiste Country Track Title
1 Amanda Malela DRC Kumama
2 Blanche Baily Cameroon BonBon
3 DJ Zoumanto Cameroon Do Like I Do Ft. Ko-C & Mimie
4 Gaz Mawete DRC Paulina
5 Kidi Ghana Odo Ft. Mayorkun & Davido
6 King Promise Ghana CCTV Ft. Mugeez
7 Ko-C Cameroon Bollo C’est Bollo
8 Kuami Eugene Ghana Confusion
9 Lily Malawi Bad at Love
10 Lyna Mahyem Algeria ByeBye Ft Medi Meyz
11 Tamy Zimbabwe Beautiful Ndozvandiri Ft. Takura & Dobba Don

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Producer Country Track or Album Title
1 David Scott, DJ Maphorisa, Shekhinah and Luke Goliath South Africa Rose Gold
2 DJ Kore Morocco Casablanca
3 Fresh VDM Togo Fia
4 GuiltyBeatz Ghana Akwaaba
5 Killertunes Nigeria Nowo
6 Laizer Classic Tanzania A Boy from Tandale
7 Makwa 6eats South Africa Spirit
8 NorthBoi Nigeria Soco
9 Renaud Rebillaud DRC La Meme
10 Yamiu Mola Ethiopia Wegegta

 

REVELATION OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Ammara Brown Zimbabwe Akiliz
2 Aya Nakamura Mali Djadja
3 Betty G Ethiopia Ere Manew
4 Dadju DRC Gentlemen 2.0
5 Iyenga DRC Sorry
6 Mayorkun Nigeria Bobo
7 Mimie Cameroon Je m’en Fous
8 Shekhinah South Africa Please Mr.
9 Soul Bangs Guinea Kameremba
10 Vegedream Cote d’Ivoire La Fuite Ft. DJ Leska

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Artiste Track Title Country
1 Daphne My Lover Cameroon
2 Davido FIA Nigeria
3 GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo Akwaaba Ghana
4 Kwesta Ft. Wale Spirit South Africa
5 Maître Gims Ft. Vianney La Meme DRC
6 Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa Ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna Particula South Africa
7 Nasty C & Runtown Said South Africa/Nigeria
8 Saad Lamjarred Casablanca Morocco
9 Sauti Sol Ft. Patoranking Melanin Kenya
10 Starboy Ft. Terry, Spotless, Ceeza Milli & Wizkid Soco Nigeria
11 Tiwa Savage ft Wizkid & Spellz Ma Lo Nigeria

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Name of Songwriter Country Song Title (& Artiste)
1 Cobhams Asuquo Nigeria One Hit (Cobhams Asuquo)
2 Daphne Nije, Salatiel Cameroon Jusqu’à la Gare (Daphne)
3 Maître Gims, Vianney, Renaud Rebillaud DRC La Meme (Maître Gims Ft. Vianney)
4 Nandy Tanzania kivuruge
5 Nasibu Abdul Juma Issaack Tanzania Sikomi (Diamond Platnumz)
6 Saim El-Hadj Algeria Ya Mraya (Hamza El Fadly)
7 Shekhinah Donell, Amon Taulo Chibiya II South Africa Different (Shekhinah Ft. Mariechan)
8 Simisola Nigeria Complete Me (Simi)
9 Venancio Angola Amo-te (Bruna Tatiana)

 

AFRICAN FANS’ FAVOURITE

Name of Artist Country Track title
1 Afro B Cote d’Ivoire Drogba (Joanna) Ft. Wizkid
2 AKA South Africa Fela in Versace Ft. Kiddominant
3 Aminux Morocco Ghanhibo
4 Hardy Caprio Sierra Leone Best Life Ft. One Acen
5 Heavy K South Africa Indie Ft. Bucie & Nokwazi
6 IAMDBB Angola Shade
7 J Hus Gambia Dark Vader
8 Kojo Funds Ghana Stallin’
9 Maleek Berry Nigeria Pon My Mind
10 Nedy Music Tanzania One and Only Ft. Ruby
11 Not3s Nigeria My Lover
12 Ommy Dimpoz Tanzania Yanje featuring Seyi Shay
13 Phyno Nigeria N.W.A.  Ft. Wale
14 Winky D Zimbabwe Ngirozi Ft Vabati VaJehovah
15 Yxng Bane Angola/DRC Vroom

 

AFRIMA also released the highly anticipated full list of the Regional and Continental Categories of the annual awards ceremony to the public

AFRIMA Regional Categories

Best Female Central Africa

 

Best Female Eastern Africa

 

Best Female Northern Africa

 

Best Female Southern Africa

 

Best Female Western Africa

 

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