much-anticipated All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) is less than two weeks away and
the battle is already ongoing for the acclaimed ‘Album of the Year category’, which would see 11 superstars
across the continent jostle for the prize.
hearts thumping from fans across the continent, the votes have already begun to
reel in at AFRIMA’s voting platform at www.afrima.org. The
volume of votes per the finalists would determine the winning spot for any of
the eleven icons.
winners in this category are Olamide (Nigeria, 2014), Charlottee Dipanda
(Cameroon, 2015), Ahmed Soultan (Morocco, 2016), Eddy Kenzo (Uganda, 2017), Betty
G (Ethiopia, 2018) and Sauti Sol (Kenya, 2019).
strong-packed albums up for the win, here are the top artistes in the contest
for AFRIMA 2021 ‘Album of the Year’:
(MADE IN LAGOS, Nigeria)
‘Made in Lagos’ is not just a special album for
Nigerians; but it is one for the whole of Africa. The 14-track album has become
one of the most internationally acclaimed projects, peaking on Billboard World Music Album chart, as
well as producing platinum-certified records and has also been submitted for
possible consideration for the 2022 Grammy awards.
(A BETTER TIME, Nigeria)
critically acclaimed project from 2020 is Davido’s ‘A Better Time’. The 17-tracker sophomore project from the
award-winning singer is a powerful upbeat groovy soundpiece that flusters with
heavy international collaborations from artistes like Lil Baby, Chris Brown,
Nicki Minaj, among others.
Boy (TWICE AS TALL, Nigeria)
Giant of Africa, Burna Boy, is an artiste with one of the most enigmatic
discographies on the continent. His Afro-fusion album dubbed, ‘Twice as Tall’ is not just a Grammy-winning project; it is also one of the most
exciting releases that sound-tracked the COVID-19 pandemic year.
Savage (CELIA, Nigeria)
from being one of the leading ladies of Afrobeats music, Tiwa Savage is an
artiste par excellence. Her last album dubbed, ‘Celia’ was one standout piece that showcased her strength as a
musician and music A&R. The 13-track record is woven with themes that
encourage the feminine folk, as well as serving some heart-stirring love
anthems, with a sprinkle of upbeat groove.
Olamide (CARPE DIEM, Nigeria)
rapper and Music label executive, Olamide, came out in the middle of last year
with an unforgettable album that heat up the African music scene for many
months. The 12-track soundpiece, which is also his 11th studio
album, is dubbed ‘Carpe Diem’.
One (MON EMPIRE, Mali)
the Malian rap scene, Iba One stands tall as a maverick for miles. His latest
work dubbed, ‘Mon Empire Vol. 2’ is a 17-track soundpiece that
solidifies his position as a musical force out of Africa.
Nakamura (AYA, Mali)
her 2017 debut dubbed, ‘Journal Intime’, Aya
Nakamura has been a regular chart-topper within the French music scene. With
her 2020 self-titled album, heavily stewed in love, life and self-liberation,
the singer packs melodious groove, emotive lyricism, stellar features
(including collaborations with Stormzy and Ms. Banks), to stand out as both a
fan-favourite and an exceptional project.
Ipupa (TOOKOOS II, DRC)
Fally Ipupa’s latest album dubbed, ‘Tookoos II’, is arsenal of beautiful melodies. Across the African scene, the
Kinshasha-born’s rumba rhythms have traversed diverse ears, even those of
Sylla has carved a legacy for himself as one of Africa’s most vivacious
rappers, under the moniker MHD. The French artiste of Guinean-Senegalese origins
is best known for pioneering the Afro-Trap legacy, with his
continentally-smashing hits. ‘Mansa’ effortlessly blends West African pop and dance music with western
(FLEUR FROIDE, Cameroon)
Cameroonian RnB superstar, Tayc, shook the African music scene, last year, with
the release of his avant-garde album dubbed, ‘Fleur Froide’, which
also translates to ‘Cold Flower.’ The 18-track album has been certified
Platinum by the French-based Syndicat national de l'édition phonographique
Gims (LE FLEAU, DRC)
the Congolese heavyweight, Gims, released Le
Fleau, aka, The Scourge, last
year, he went Platinum in record time. This indicates the vocal prowess of the
young rap maverick, who blends French into one of the deepest Hip-Hop lyricism
available in the entire DRC.
AFRIMA 2021 holds at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, Nigeria from
Friday, November 19 - Sunday, November 21, 2021.Voting and ticket sales are
ongoing on AFRIMA website www.afrima.org.
AFRIMA has been regarded as the ultimate celebration and recognition of
African talents and creatives globally since 2014.