All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2018: Full List of Nominees is Here!

The full list of nominees for the 2018 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has been released.

This was made known when 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 via the media and on the AFRIMA website, www.afrima.org

Closely following the top contenders are Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz and Ethiopia’s Betty G who each earned six nominations; while Simi (Nigeria) and Nasty C (South Africa) got on the 5th AFRIMA nominees list with five nominations apiece.

In its position as the biggest awards event on the continent, AFRIMA rewards the continent’s music professionals in 36 Regional and Continental categories including 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.

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.

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, Mr. 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!”
We are convinced that these new artists with unique capabilities are stamping their mark in the various genres. They are and will definitely continue giving the established musicians a run for their money”, the veteran music producer from Kenya concluded.

Leading the nomination pack, Maître Gims’ has received nods for Album of the Year (for his March 2018 released ‘Ceinture Noire’ album); Artiste of the Year, Best Artiste in African Pop, Song of the Year, Song Writer of the Year, Best African Collaboration and Best Male Artiste in Central Africa.

Similarly, Shekhinah’s seven nominations also gave her a slot each in the Album of the Year category and Producer of the Year (for her October 2017 released ‘Rose Gold’ album); these are as well as Song Writer of the Year; Best African Dance/Choreography; Best Artiste in African RnB & Soul; Revelation of the African Continent; Producer of the Year; and Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa.

Diamond Platinumz gets an Album of the Year nomination for his 2017 compilation titled ‘A boy from Tandale’, in addition are his nominations for Artiste of the Year; Best Artiste in African Contemporary; Best Artiste in African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall; Song Writer of the Year and Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa.

Betty G, Ethiopia’s jazz artiste, is amongst the top nominees with six nominations including, Album of the Year (for Wegegta, June 2018); Artiste of the Year; Best Artiste in African Jazz; Best Artiste in African Rock; Revelation of the African Continent and Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa.

Nigeria’s Simi has earned five nominations namely: Album of the Year (For Simisola’ released in September 2018), Artiste of the Year, Song Writer of the Year, Best Artiste in African Pop, and Best Female Artiste in Western Africa.

South Africa’s rap artiste Nasty C received five nominations from the categories of Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year, Best African Collaboration for his song featuring the Nigerian artiste, Runtown, Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa, and the Best African Lyricist/Rapper of the Year, Many of the continent’s music chart toppers who are also previous AFRIMA winners and nominees such as Davido (Nigeria); Fally Ipupa (DRC); Tiwa Savage (Nigeria); Cassper Nyovest (South Africa); Wizkid/Starboy (Nigeria); Daphne (Cameroon); Saad Lamjarred (Morocco); Sauti Sol (Kenya); DJ Arafat (Cote d’Ivoire); Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon); Angelique Kidjo (Benin); DJ Maphorisa (South Africa) and more, have received nominations for the 5th AFRIMA. They are joined by AFRIMA nomination debutantes and fresh music faces such as Kuami Eugene (Ghana); Aya Nakamura (Mali); Shane Eagle (South Africa); Betty G (Ethiopia); Rash (Kenya); Afrotronix (Chad); L’Algérino (Algeria); DJ Enimoney (Nigeria); Nadia Nakai (South Africa); Teni (Nigeria) and others.

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. Nominees will depend on their fans and followers spread across the globe to vote for them in an open voting process via the AFRIMA website, www.afrima.org

In its fifth year, AFRIMA, is scheduled to hold in late November 2018, 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.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

 Name of ArtisteCountryAlbum title
1Betty GEthiopiaWegegta
2BombinoNigerDeran
3Diamond PlatnumzTanzaniaA Boy from Tandale
4LartisteMoroccoGrandestino
5Maitre GimsDRCCeinture Noire
6Mr. LeoCameroonLove Original
7ShekhinahSouth AfricaRose Gold
8SimiNigeriaSimisola

 

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

 Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1Betty GEthiopiaWegegta
2DaphneCameroonMy Lover
3DavidoNigeriaFIA
4Diamond PlatnumzTanzaniaSikomi
5KwestaSouth AfricaSpirit Ft. Wale
6Maître GimsDRCLa Meme Ft. Vianney
7Nasty CSouth AfricaJungle
8Saad LamjarredMoroccoCasablanca
9StarboyNigeriaSoco Ft. Terry, Spotless, Ceeza Milli & Wizkid
10Tiwa SavageNigeriaMa Lo Ft. Wizkid & Spellz

 

BEST AFRICAN VIDEO

Name of Video DirectorTrack Title (Artiste)Country
1ArmsdealLet It Flow (Shane Eagle)South Africa
2Cedrick KaylaAffairage (Toofan)Togo
3Clarence PetersMelanin (Sauti Sol)Nigeria
4Felicite Ben Rejeb PriceDjango (Dadju Ft. Franglish)Congo
5Jacob BainNterini (Fatoumata Diawara)Mali
6Lebogang RasethabaMoney Calling (Nadia Nakai & Franck Casino)South Africa
7Meji AlabiMa Lo (Tiwa Savage Ft. Wizkid)Nigeria
8OneMovieNosso Momento (Bruna Tatiana)Angola
9Sasha VybzFreedom (Bebe Cool)Uganda
10SesanGringo (Shatta Wale)Nigeria
11Walid AyoubYa Mraya (Hamza El Fadly)Morocco

 

BEST AFRICAN ACT IN DIASPORA

Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1AfrotronixChadOyO Ft. Seydina
2Aya NakamuraMaliOumou Sangare
3Chick NickCameroonContrôler
4DadjuDRCBob Marley
5FranglishDRCElle
6Hazel MakMalawiJaiva Ft. Roberto & Tay Grin
7L’AlgérinoAlgeriaVa Bene
8Oudy 1erGuineaTourner Kabato

 

BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION

Names of ArtistesCountryTrack Title
1Balti Ft. HamoudaTunisiaYa Lili
2DJ Moh Green Ft. MagascoAlgeria/CameroonPor Favor
3DJ Spinall & WizkidNigeriaNowo
4Fally Ipupa Ft. KeBlack & NazaDRCMannequin
5GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy KojoGhana/NigeriaAkwaaba
6Maître Gims Ft. VianneyDRC/FranceLa Meme
7Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa Ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & JidennaUS/South Africa/NigeriaParticula
8Nasty C & RuntownSouth Africa/NigeriaSaid
9Revolution & Magic SystemCote d’IvoireKelly
10Sauti Sol Ft. PatorankingKenya/NigeriaMelanin
11Tiwa Savage Ft Wizkid & SpellzNigeriaMa Lo

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY
Name of ArtisteCountryTrack Title
1Charlotte DipandaCameroonSista Ft. Yemi Alade
2DavidoNigeriaFIA
3Diamond PlatnumzTanzaniaSikomi
4EXQZimbabweTsvigiri
5Ferre GolaDRCPremiere Classe
6JoseyCote d’IvoireJour J-O
7KidiGhanaOdo Remix Ft. Mayorkun & Davido
8Kizz DanielNigeriaNo Do
9L’AlgérinoAlgeriaVa Bene
10MafikizoloSouth AfricaLove Potion
11NandykivurugeTanzania
12TeknoNigeriaJogodo
13Wande CoalNigeriaSo Mi So

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN DANCE OR CHOREOGRAPHY 
Name of ArtisteCountryTrack Title
1Black MGuineaBodyguard
2Cassper NyovestSouth AfricaKsazobalit
3Fally IpupaDRCEcole
4Ferre GolaDRCPremiere classe
5GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy KojoGhanaAkwaaba
6Mr P.NigeriaEbeano
7OlamideNigeriaScience Student
8Rouge (Rudi Smit)South AfricaArumtumtum
9RythmzCameroonFedeti
10ShekhinahSouth AfricaPlease Mr.
11ToofanTogoAffairage

 

BEST AFRICAN DJ

Name of DJCountryTrack Title
1AfrotronixChadOyO
2DJ ArafatCote d’IvoireDosabado
3DJ EnimoneyNigeriaDiet Ft. Tiwa Savage, Reminince & Slimcase
4DJ MaphorisaSouth AfricaMidnight Ft. DJ Tira, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly
5DJ Moh GreenAlgeriaPor Favor Ft. Magasco
6DJ Oudy 1erGuineaTourner Kabato
7DJ SpinallNigeriaNowo Ft. Wizkid
8DJ ZoumantoCameroonDo Like I Do Ft. Ko-C & Mimie
9VanMoroccoLive Your Dream  Ft. Dub Afrika

 

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ELECTRO
Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1AfrotronixChadOyO
2AminuxMoroccoGhanjibo
3Babes WodumoSouth AfricaJiva Hezkombhede Ft. Duma Ntando & Mampintsha
4Distruction BoyzSouth AfricaOmunye Ft. Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi
5DJ Enimoney, Tiwa Savage, Reminince & SlimcaseNigeriaDiet
6DJ MaphorisaSouth AfricaMidnight Ft. DJ Tira, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly
7Gold FishSouth AfricaTalk to Me
8GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy KojoGhanaAkwaaba
9LartisteMoroccoMafiosa  Ft. Carolina
10Master KGSouth AfricaSkeleton Move  Ft. Zanda Zakuza
11Mr. RealNigeriaLegbegbe
12PatorankingNigeriaAvailable

 

BEST AFRICAN DUO, GROUP OR BAND

Name of Duo/Group/BandCountryTrack Title
14KeusDRCMignon Garçon Ft. Naza, Keblack & Dry
2Distruction BoyzSouth AfricaOmunye Ft. Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi
3FnaïreMoroccoSiri Siri
4H-KayneMoroccoDo What You Can’t Ft. Khaoula
5MafikizoloSouth AfricaLove Potion
6Mi CasaSouth AfricaNana
7RevolutionCote d’IvoireKelly Ft. Magic System
8RythmzCameroonFedeti
9Sauti SolKenyaMelanin Ft. Patoranking
10ToofanTogoMoney

 

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN HIP HOP
Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1Black MGuineaMama
2Cassper NyovestSouth AfricaKsazobalit
3FalzNigeriaNext Ft. Maleek Berry & Medikal
4Khaligraph JonesKenyaRider Ft. Petra
5KwestaSouth AfricaSpirit Ft. Wale
6M.ANIFEST FT KING PROMISEGhanaME NE WOA
7MHDGuineaBodyguard Ft. Sidiki Diabaté
8MuslimMoroccoAji M3aya
9Nadia Nakai & Frank CasinoSouth AfricaMoney Calling
10Shane EagleSouth AfricaLet it Flow
11SofianeAlgeriaArafricain Ft. Maître Gims

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN JAZZ
Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1Alune WadeSenegalAfrican Fast Food
2Anabela AyaAngolaI Love You Bue
3Betty GEthiopiaMengedegna
4FadhileeKenyaAfirika
5Sibusiso MashiloaneSouth AfricaNiza

 

BEST AFRICAN RAPPER OR LYRICIST

Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1Cassper NyovestSouth AfricaKsazobalit
2FalzNigeriaLa Fête
3Khaligraph JonesKenyaRider Ft. Petra
4MuslimMoroccoAji M3aya
5Nadia NakaiSouth AfricaNaaa Meeaan Ft. Cassper Nyovest
6Nasty CSouth AfricaJungle
7RougeSouth AfricaDololo Ft. Bigstar
8Shane EagleSouth AfricaLet it Flow

 

 

 

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN POP
Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
12BabaNigeriaAmaka Ft. Peruzzi
2AbuEgypt3 Daqat Ft. Yousra
3Ammara BrownZimbabweAkiliz
4Fally IpupaDRCMannequin  Ft. KeBlack & Naza
5Kuami EugeneGhanaAngela
6Lyna MahyemAlgeriaBye Bye Ft. Medi Meyz
7Maître GimsDRCLa Meme Ft. Vianney
8MHD & WizkidGuineaBella
9SimiNigeriaJoromi
10ToofanTogoMoney
11Vanessa MdeeTanzaniaWet Ft GNako

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN RAGGA, REGGAE & DANCEHALL
Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1Burna BoyNigeriaHeaven’s Gate Ft. Lily Allen
2Diamond PlatnumzTanzaniaHallelujah Ft. Morgan Heritage
3DJ Moh GreenAlgeriaKondo Ft. Locko & Axel Tony
4Jah PrayzahZimbabweAngel Lo Ft. Jah Cure
5MzVeeGhanaSing My Name Ft. Patoranking
6PatorankingNigeriaSuh Different
7RobertoZambiaContolola Ft. Patoranking
8Sauti SolKenyaMelanin Ft Patoranking
9Shatta WaleGhanaGringo
10StonebwoyGhanaHero
11VanMoroccoLive Your Dream Ft. Dub Afrika

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN R ‘N’ B & SOUL
Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1AsikeyNigeriaDark
2Banky WNigeriaLove You Baby
3Bruna TatianaAngolaAmo-te
4DadjuDRCBob Marley
5Djodje & PatorankingCape VerdeBe Mine
6EmteeSouth AfricaMe and You Ft. Tiwa Savage
7LockoCameroonJe Serai La
8Patty MonroeSouth AfricaReminiscing
9PraizNigeriaChampagne and Flowers
10ShekhinahSouth AfricaPlease Mr.

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ROCK
Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1Angelique KidjoBeninOnce in a Lifetime
2Bebe CoolUgandaFreedom
3Betty GEthiopiaEre Manew
4FokofpolisiekarSouth AfricaKomma
5Hoba Hoba SpiritMoroccoJnouni
6Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu GhazalehEgyptEkaa Maksour
7RashKenyaNitachange Ft. Ruff

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN TRADITIONAL
Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1BombinoNigerTehigren (The Trees)
2Fatoumata DiawaraMaliNterini
3Harouna SamakeMaliTry Voice
4Irene NamatovuUgandaNsambila Nyuma Nga Janzi
5Raina RayMoroccoZhar
6Stephane AkamCameroonChe Woue
7TeniNigeriaFargin
8ThemindofayNigeriaSasa
9Wally SeckSenegalMirna
10WutahGhanaBronya

 

BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC

Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1Amanda MalelaDRCKumama
2Charlotte DipandaCameroonSista Ft. Yemi Alade
3DJ LeeEthiopiaEtege
4Gloria MuliroKenyaNarudisha
5Janet OtienoKenyaNarudi
6OgechaNigeriaUfedo Mi
7Ruby The PigeonNamibiaRorisang
8Sandra NankomaUgandaKaddugala

 

BEST MALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC

Name of ArtisteCountryTrack Title
1Cobhams AsuquoNigeriaOne Hit
2Degg J ForceGuineaFale
3FalzNigeriaChild of the World
4Macky2ZambiaUmutima Wandi Ft. Ephraim & Njamba
5Mr. LeoCameroonPray
6Ochu SheggyTanzaniaMabusu Ya Yuda
7Prosper MenkoCameroonBelle Weh Ft. Protek Illasheva
8SarkodieGhanaGlory Ft. Yung
9Stephane AkamCameroonChe Woue
10WazihCameroonBe Happy

 

MOST PROMISING ARTISTE IN AFRICA

Name of ArtisteCountryTrack Title
1Amanda MalelaDRCKumama
2Blanche BailyCameroonBonBon
3DJ ZoumantoCameroonDo Like I Do Ft. Ko-C & Mimie
4Gaz MaweteDRCPaulina
5KidiGhanaOdo Ft. Mayorkun & Davido
6King PromiseGhanaCCTV Ft. Mugeez
7Ko-CCameroonBollo C’est Bollo
8Kuami EugeneGhanaConfusion
9LilyMalawiBad at Love
10Lyna MahyemAlgeriaByeBye Ft Medi Meyz
11TamyZimbabweBeautiful Ndozvandiri Ft. Takura & Dobba Don

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

ProducerCountryTrack or Album Title
1David Scott, DJ Maphorisa, Shekhinah and Luke GoliathSouth AfricaRose Gold
2DJ KoreMoroccoCasablanca
3Fresh VDMTogoFia
4GuiltyBeatzGhanaAkwaaba
5KillertunesNigeriaNowo
6Laizer ClassicTanzaniaA Boy from Tandale
7Makwa 6eatsSouth AfricaSpirit
8NorthBoiNigeriaSoco
9Renaud RebillaudDRCLa Meme
10Yamiu MolaEthiopiaWegegta

 

 

REVELATION OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

Name of ArtisteCountryTrack title
1Ammara BrownZimbabweAkiliz
2Aya NakamuraMaliDjadja
3Betty GEthiopiaEre Manew
4DadjuDRCGentlemen 2.0
5IyengaDRCSorry
6MayorkunNigeriaBobo
7MimieCameroonJe m’en Fous
8ShekhinahSouth AfricaPlease Mr.
9Soul BangsGuineaKameremba
10VegedreamCote d’IvoireLa Fuite Ft. DJ Leska

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

ArtisteTrack TitleCountry
1DaphneMy LoverCameroon
2DavidoFIANigeria
3GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy KojoAkwaabaGhana
4Kwesta Ft. WaleSpiritSouth Africa
5Maître Gims Ft. VianneyLa MemeDRC
6Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa Ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & JidennaParticulaSouth Africa
7Nasty C & RuntownSaidSouth Africa/Nigeria
8Saad LamjarredCasablancaMorocco
9Sauti Sol Ft. PatorankingMelaninKenya
10Starboy Ft. Terry, Spotless, Ceeza Milli & WizkidSocoNigeria
11Tiwa Savage ft Wizkid & SpellzMa LoNigeria

 

SONG WRITER OF THE YEAR

Name of SongwriterCountrySong Title (& Artiste)
1Cobhams AsuquoNigeriaOne Hit (Cobhams Asuquo)
2Daphne Nije, SalatielCameroonJusqu’à la Gare (Daphne)
3Maître Gims, Vianney, Renaud RebillaudDRCLa Meme (Maître Gims Ft. Vianney)
4NandyTanzaniakivuruge
5Nasibu Abdul Juma IssaackTanzaniaSikomi (Diamond Platnumz)
6Saim El-HadjAlgeriaYa Mraya (Hamza El Fadly)
7Shekhinah Donell, Amon Taulo Chibiya IISouth AfricaDifferent (Shekhinah Ft. Mariechan)
8SimisolaNigeriaComplete Me (Simi)
9VenancioAngolaAmo-te (Bruna Tatiana)

 

AFRICAN FANS’ FAVOURITE

Name of ArtistCountryTrack title
1Afro BCote d’IvoireDrogba (Joanna) Ft. Wizkid
2AKASouth AfricaFela in Versace Ft. Kiddominant
3AminuxMoroccoGhanhibo
4Hardy CaprioSierra LeoneBest Life Ft. One Acen
5Heavy KSouth AfricaIndie Ft. Bucie & Nokwazi
6IAMDBBAngolaShade
7J HusGambiaDark Vader
8Kojo FundsGhanaStallin’
9Maleek BerryNigeriaPon My Mind
10Nedy MusicTanzaniaOne and Only Ft. Ruby
11Not3sNigeriaMy Lover
12Ommy DimpozTanzaniaYanje featuring Seyi Shay
13PhynoNigeriaN.W.A.  Ft. Wale
14Winky DZimbabweNgirozi Ft Vabati VaJehovah
15Yxng BaneAngola/DRCVroom

 

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