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Nyashinski, Bien, Nikita Kering Nominated In 2022 AFRIMA Awards

Nyashinski, Bien, Nikita Kering & Tanasha Donna Nominated In 2022 AFRIMA Awards
AFRIMA is a youth-focused music platform that recognizes and rewards the work and talents of African artistes across generations and primarily stimulates conversations among Africans on creative art

The International Executive Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), in conjunction with the African Union Commission (AUC), has released the official list of nominees for the 2022 edition.

This year’s edition has seen the highest number of entries hitting a total of 9,067 entries having been submitted between August 20, 2021, to August 5, 2022, and considered for nomination.

From the total entries, the AFRIMA jury selected a total of 382 nominations across 39 categories, to represent all five regions in Africa, as well as in the diaspora.

Leading the nominations on a regional basis this year is the Western African region, with 134 nominations, representing 35 percent; while the Eastern African region follows closely with 69 nominations, representing 18 percent; the Southern African region races closely with 68 nominations, representing 17.8 percent; while Central Africa pulls in its weight with 52 nominations, representing 13.6 percent; while the Northern African region follows closely with 49 nominations, representing 12.8 percent.

Also, the Global music region, which represents music from Non-Africans in the diaspora who still contribute to the growth of the African region, sums up the list with 10 nominations, representing 2.6 percent.

From Kenya, major acts nominated for different categories include Bien (Best Male Artist in East Africa) Wanavokali (Best African band), Nyashinski (Best artist in African hip hop), Nikita Kering (Best Female artist in East Africa), Martin Obudho and Muthaka (Songwriter of the year), Tanasha Donna (Best Female artist in East Africa) Janet Otieno (Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music) and Noel Nderitu (Best Male Artiste Africa in Inspirational Music) just to mention a few.

Nikita Kering “Best Female Artiste Eastern Africa” 2021 AFRIMA

Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz has been nominated for the Best Male Artist in East Africa and also the Album of the Year in Africa where he will be contesting against rekonwn artists like Burna Boy and Rema both from Nigeria. Nandy has been shortlisted to contest for the Best Female artist in East Africa against the award-winning Zuchu and Rosa Ree all from Tanzania who will face off with their major competitors in Kenya and also from other countries.

Nigerian singers, Burna Boy, Kizz Daniel, Fireboy, Tiwa Savage and others have dominated in the number of nominations in the 2022 edition of the All Africa Music Awards.

Slugging it out with Burna Boy for Best Male Artiste in Western Africa, Song of the Year, and Artiste of the Year are Fireboy and Kizz Daniel who were both nominated in the Best African Collaboration category. Burna Boy was also nominated in the Song of the Year category.

Tiwa Savage, who was nominated for Best Female Artiste in Western Africa and Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African RnB/Soul, was also nominated in the Artiste of the Year and Best African Collaboration categories.

Dominating the list with the most nominations, this year, is the South African maverick, Costa Titch, with six nominations for his 2021 smash hit, Big Flexa, in “Song of the Year”; “Breakout Artiste of the Year”; “Best African Collaboration”: “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro”; and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in Use of African Dance/Choreography”.

Interestingly, the Congolese maestro, Dadju, ties with six nominations, as well, in “Best Male in Central Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Album of the Year”; “Artiste of the Year”; “Best African Act in the Diaspora”; and “Best Soundtrack in a Movie, Series, or Documentary”.

Ranking closely with the third highest nominations is the Ivorian rapper Didi B who bags five nominations in “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Album of the Year”; “Best African Rapper/Lyricist”; “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop”.

The 2022 All Africa Music Awards will now be held from 8th to 11th December 2022

Again, tying with five nominations, as well, is the Algerian Disc Jockey and Record Producer, in “Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Best African DJ”; “Best African Act in the Diaspora”; and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro”.

Also, ranking equally with the third highest nominations is another Algerian singer, Soolking, with five nominations in “Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Album of the Year”; “Best Video”; and “Best African Act in the Diaspora”.

Lastly, closing the tie of artists with the third highest nominations is the Egyptian rapper and record producer, Wegz, with five nominations in “Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Producer of the Year”; “Artiste of the Year”; and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Contemporary”.

Other artists with four nominations are the Nigerian mavericks, Burna Boy in “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Album of the Year”; and “Artiste of the Year”); Fireboy in “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Producer of the Year”; “Artiste of the Year”; and “Best African Collaboration”; Kizz Daniel in “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Artiste of the Year”; “Best African Collaboration”; and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop”; and Tiwa Savage in “Best Female Artiste in Western Africa”; “Artiste of the Year”; “Best African Collaboration”; and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African RnB/Soul”.

The other African superstars with four nominations are Zakes Bantwini (South Africa) in “Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa”; “Best African DJ”; “Artiste of the Year”; and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro”; Marwan Moussa (Egypt) in “Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa”; “Best African Rapper/Lyricist”; “Breakout Artiste of the Year”; and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop”; and Nomfundo Moh (South Africa) in “Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa”; “Album of the Year”; “Breakout Artiste of the Year”; and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African RnB/Soul”.

Interestingly, artists who were recognized among the “Most Promising” category, last year, whose current nominations indicate significant growth in their respective artistries include Ckay (Nigeria) in “Producer of the Year”; “Artiste of the Year”; and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop”; Ruger (Nigeria) in “Best Artiste in African Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall”; El Grande Toto (Morocco) in “Best Male Artiste in North Africa”; and “Breakout Artiste of the Year”.

Importantly, the public voting portal for the 2022 AFRIMA edition would be live on Sunday, 25th September 2022, at 12:00 pm CAT. African music lovers within the continent, and around the world, can visit the official website www.afrima.org to vote. The voting process closes 24 hours before the awards ceremony.

Nyashinski, Bien, Nikita Kering & Tanasha Donna Nominated In 2022 AFRIMA Awards
AFRIMA is a youth-focused music platform that recognizes and rewards the work and talents of African artists across generations and primarily stimulates conversations among Africans on creative art

The 2022 All Africa Music Awards will now be held from 8th to 11th December 2022. A special announcement will be made on the host country and location for the awards, on Wednesday, 28th September 2022.

The AFRIMA awards ceremony will feature a 4-day fiesta of music, glitz, and glamour aimed at celebrating Africa, recognizing talents and expanding the economic frontiers of the culture and creative industry on the continent. The event is scheduled to commence with the welcome soiree, followed by the AFRIMA Music Village, the host city tour, Africa Music Business Summit, and the exclusive nominees’ party and concluded with the live awards ceremony broadcast to over 84 countries around the world.

In partnership with the African Union Commission, AFRIMA is a youth-focused music platform that recognizes and rewards the work and talents of African artists across generations.

AFRIMA primarily stimulates conversations among Africans, and also the rest of the world, especially on the potential of the creative arts for fostering real human enterprise, as well as contributing significantly to social cohesion, as well as sustainable development in Africa. The Programme of events is in line with the AU Agenda 2063 which outlines Aspiration 05 as the development of the arts and culture sector including its cultural and creative industries, to boost the development of the African economy.

You can read the full list of Regional Nominees here and the continental categories list here

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