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Winners Emerge As African Stars Shine At AFRIMA 2016

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It was a night of glitz and glamour at the third annual All Africa Music Awards ceremony, AFRIMA, held on Sunday November 6, 2016 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Nigeria’s Ayo Balogun, known globally as WizKid, has emerged the Best Artiste in Africa, at the just concluded AFRIMA, held in Lagos Nigeria.

Diamond Platnumz, the Tanzanian kid dynamite’s song, “Utanipenda”, won the the Song of The Year, at the same event, held Sunday November 6, inside Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

While Moroccan Star, Ahmed Soultan won the Album of The Year award.

Again Nigeria remains the dominant force in Africa Music, carting away nine(9) of the awards, the most by any country, out of which Afropop singer, Flavour, won two.

Morocco/Cameroon came a 2nd with four(4) awards each.

South Africa’s Black Coffee, VVIP from Ghana, Uganda’s Cindy Sanyu, Bruna Tatiana of Central Africa, Flavour(Nigeria), Zainab, Benin Republic and Farz are some of the winners of these prestigious award.

The prestigious event, which had dignitaries, music artistes, industry stakeholders, African Union officials, and media executives in attendance, had Lagos State as its official host city.

Also gracing the occasion was the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who came in the company of his wife and Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule.

AFRIMA 2016 had South African media personality, Bonang Matheba; Moroccan music Star, Ahmed Soultan,(who later won the Album of The Year Award at the event) and Cameroonian TV personality Ika Jong as hosts.

Ageless Manu Dibango (Cameroon) won the AFRIMA Legendary Award. Juju Music maestro, King Sunny Ade(Nigeria), who clocked 70 years in September 2016 was honored with a tribute song session during the event by star artistes, Sheyi Shay and Brymo. KSA also got a special recognition award for his unparalleled contribution to world music.

Late Papa Wemba, one of Africa’s best artistes from Democratic Republic of Congo, who died while playing on stage in April 2016, was also given a post-humours Honour and Award.

The All Africa Music Awards(AFRIMA) was established, in conjunction with the Africa Union (AU), to celebrate and reward the creative impetus of Musicians in Africa, annually.

Started in 2014, this edition, the third, like in the previous, had thirty (30) categories contested for.

Below are the different categories and their respective winners:

CONTINENTAL CATEGORIES

 

 

 

 

Album of the Year

Ahmed Soultan

Morocco

Music Has no Boundaries

Song Writer of the Year

Unique

Uganda

Njogereza

Best African Group/Duo/Band

VVIP

Ghana

Dogo Yaro

Best African Collaboration

Eddy Kenzo and Niniola

Uganda & Nigeria

Mbilo Mbilo

Most Promising Artist in Africa

Amine Aub

Morocco

Feel the same

Best Artiste in African Contemporary

Flavour

Nigeria

Mmege Mmege

Best Artiste in African Electro

Such

Zimbabwe

You

Best Artiste in African Hip Hop

Stanley Enow 

Cameroon

Work Hard

Best Artiste in African Pop

 Diamond

 Tanzania

Utanipenda 

Best Artiste in Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall

Patoranking

Nigeria

No kissing

Best Artiste in African RnB &Soul

Henok and Mehari Brothers 

Ethiopia

Ewedi Shalehu

Best Artiste in African Traditional Music

 AFRIMA Legendary Award

Zainab

Benin

Bolojo

Manu Dibango

 

Cameroon

 

Best Artiste in African Rock

M'vula

Angola

Tristezase Alegrias

Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music

 

Naomi Achu

Cameroon

Busy Body

Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Music

Icha Kavons

DRC Congo

Testimony

Video of the year in Africa

VVIP

Ghana

Dogoyaro

Revelation of the African Continent

Falz

Nigeria

Bad Baddo Badest

Song of the Year

Diamond Platnumz

Tanzania

Utanipenda

Producer of the Year

Kuseim

Uganda

Mbilo Mbilo

 

 

 

Artiste of the Year

Wizkid

Nigeria

 Final (Baba Nla)

Best Artiste in African Jazz

Jimmy Dludlu

South Africa

 Ha Deva

 

REGIONAL CATEGORIES

Award

Winners

Country

Track

Best Female in Central Africa

Bruna Tatiana

Angola

Prometo Mudar

Best Male in Central Africa

Wax Dey 

Cameroon

Saka Makossa

Best Female artist in East Africa

Cindy Sanyu

Uganda

Still Standing

Best Male in East Africa

Diamond Platinumz

Tanzania

Utanipenda

Best Female Artist in Northern Africa

Zina Daoudia

Morocco

La Waheed Wala Million

Best Male Artist in North Africa

DJ Van

Morocco

#Woman

Best Female in Southern Africa

Sally Boss Madam

Namibia

Natural

Best Male in Southern Africa

Black Coffee

South Africa

Come with me

Best Male artiste in West Africa

Flavour

Nigeria

Dance

Best Female Artiste in West Africa

Aramide

Nigeria

I don't care

 

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