DEMOCRATIC The Congo-born international artiste and rapper, Maître Gims and the fast-rising song stress and songwriter from South Africa, Shekhinah, have each received seven nominations to become the highly nominated artists for the 5th edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA). ).
This was reflected in the long-awaited full list of the regional and continental categories of AFRIMA's annual pricing system, which was announced on Tuesday.
Following these top candidates are Tanzania & # 39; s Diamond Platnumz and Betty G from Ethiopia, who each earned six nominations; while Simi (Nigeria) and Nasty C
(South Africa) came on the 5th AFRIMA nominees list with five nominations each.
AFRIMA rewards the music professionals of the continent in 36 regional and continental categories, including four new prize categories, the African DJ of the year; Best African dance / choreography; African writer / rapper of the year and the 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 the best female artists and best male artists in the five regions of Africa, has 79 nominees, while the continental category that honors exceptional work in different African musical genres has 260 nominees with both categories. who together nominated a total number of 339 music professionals and songs for the 2018 edition of continental awards.
"This year, through the 8,009 entries submitted by African music professionals around the world and the careful work of the international jury of AFRIMA embodied by 13 renowned African music and culture professionals who assess the entries, the 5th AFRIMA Nominees List has remained faithful to the AFRIMA tradition of discovering authentically fresh African voices and music while recognizing the hard work and zeal of consistent musicians on the map, "says Mike Dada, CEO of AFRIMA.
According to an AFRIMA juror representing East Africa, Mr. Tabu Osusa; "This year, AFRIMA registered a record number of entries in its competition, and we were delighted to see that new talents in particular competed in the competition.The 13 judges had a hard task to go through more than 8000 talented and creative submissions. heated sessions and far from unanimous decisions.One odd number of jurors turned out to be a blessing that allows us to make decisions by the majority.After much sweat, long discussions and late hours, the judges nominated the best artists in each genre. is now up to the public to go through this process and help find the new African talents! "
Maître Gims has received nods for Album of the Year (for his album & # 39; Ceinture Noire & # 39;) in March 2018; Artiste of the year, best artist in African pop, song of the year, songwriter of the year, best African collaboration and best male artiste in Central Africa.
Nigeria's Simi has earned five nominations, namely: Album of the Year (for Simisola & # 39; released in September 2018), Artiste of the Year, songwriter of the year, best artiste in African pop and best female artiste in West Africa.
Public voting is open from today, where both continental and regional nominees in the 36 AFRIMA award categories will compete against each other 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 www.afrima.org
In its fifth year, AFRIMA, is scheduled to hold in late November 2018, other activities planned for the main awards events are the Africa Music Business Summit, a combination of musical conference and trade fair where stakeholders in the creative and art industries come together to discuss the business of music in Africa. There is also the AFRIMA Music Village, a music concert and cultural festival that hosts more than 40,000 music lovers across the continent who will see live performances from their favorite African artists.