ALL AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) International Executive Committee, in collaboration with the African Union Commission, has released the official list of nominees for the 2022 edition. Selected from a total of 9,067 entries submitted – the highest number highest ever recorded by the awards since its inception – the AFRIMA jury selected 382 nominations in 39 categories to represent the five African diasporas. A 12-member panel of music experts and the AUC held a 10-day judging panel in July to select the top entries.

Leading the nominations on a regional basis this year is the West Africa region, with 134 nominations, or 35%. While the Eastern Africa region follows closely with 69 nominations (18%), at 17.8%, the Southern Africa region leads the way with 68 nominations. Central Africa has 52 nominations, 13.6%, while the North Africa region follows closely with 49 nominations, 12.8%. The Global music region, which represents the music of non-Africans who contribute to the growth of the African region, sums up the list with 10 nominations, or 2.6%.

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THE NOMINEES

South African maverick Costa Titch tops the list with the most nominations this year, with six nominations for his 2021 hit Big Flexa. Congolese maestro, Dadju, is tied with six nominations, while Ivorian rapper Didi B picked up five nominations. Award-winning artist Burna Boy picked up 4 nominations for “Best Male Artist in West Africa”, “Song of the Year”, “Album of the Year” and “Artist of the Year”). Nigerian Fireboy scored five in “Best Male Artist in West Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Producer of the Year”; “Artist of the Year”; and “Best African collaboration.

The other African superstars with four nominations are Zakes Bantwini (South Africa). He scored ‘Best Male Artist in Southern Africa’; “Best African DJ,”; “Artist of the Year”; and “Best African Electro Artist, Duo or Group”. Nomfundo Moh (South Africa) in the category “Best Female Artist in Southern Africa”; “Album of the Year”; “Escape Artist of the Year”; and “Best African RnB/Soul Artist, Duo or Group”.

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“The breadth of music from across the continent that we considered in bidding AFRIMA for this year’s awards is breathtaking. It is truly encouraging to see so many African superstars on the list, as well as other rising stars who had an incredible year, and, finally, lots of new musical discoveries. The future is bright for the continent!”

– Member of the Southern Africa Jury: Adam Tiran

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AFRIMA mainly stimulates conversations between Africans and the rest of the world. In particular on the potential of the creative arts to foster genuine human enterprise, contributing significantly to social cohesion as well as sustainable development in Africa. The program of events is in line with the AU Agenda 2063, which defines Aspiration 05 as the development of the arts and culture sector. This includes cultural and creative industries to stimulate the development of the African economy.

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The public voting portal for the 2022 edition of AFRIMA officially opened its doors last Sunday. Visit the official website at www.afrima.org to vote. Voting closes at 12:00 p.m. (CAT), December 10, 2022, before the AFRIMA Awards Ceremony.

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