Organizers of All Africa Music Awards has released the full list of nominees for this year’s edition of the prestigious award gala.
The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, (AFRIMA) released the highly anticipated full list of the Regional and Continental Categories of the annual awards ceremony to the public on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
The event which will mark her fifth (5th) year active, rewarding the continent’s music professionals for their contribution in the industry within the year under consideration, is scheduled to hold in two months time (November).
It was announced that AFRIMA is adding 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 (AU) and the International Committee of AFRIMA to give room for expansion and inclusiveness in the African music industry.
The Regional Category, which consists of Best Female artistes and Best Male artistes in the five regions of Africa, features 79 nominees while the Continental Category which honours exceptional work in different African music genres, boasts of 260 nominees with both categories making up a total number of 339 music professionals and songs nominated for the 2018 edition of the continental awards.
This year, through the 8,009 entries submitted by African music professionals across the globe and the painstaking work of the International Jury of AFRIMA embodied by 13 renowned African music and culture professionals assessing the submitted entries, the 5th AFRIMA Nominees List has remained true to the AFRIMA tradition of discovering authentically fresh African voices and music while also recognising the hard work and diligence of consistent chart topping music makers.
Leading the nomination pack includes Democratic Republic of Congo-born international recording artiste and rapper, Maître Gims and South Africa’s fast rising songstress and songwriter, Shekhinah who received 7-nods each. Closely followed by Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz and Ethiopia’s Betty G who are with 6-nominations and our star girl Simi and SA rapper Nasty C who earned five nods each.
Public voting has commenced on the AFRIMA website four days ago (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 come late November.
Other activities scheduled for the main awards events include the Africa Music Business Summit, a combination of musical conference and trade expo where stakeholders in the creative and arts industry come together to discuss the business of music in Africa. There is also the AFRIMA Music Village, a music concert and cultural festival which accommodates over 40,000 music lovers across the continent who will witness live performances from their favourite African artistes.
See the nominees list of major categories below and go over HERE to vote for your favorite act in each categories.