South Africa’s rapper Nasty C; Nigeria’s Davido and Burna Boy and Northern Africa’s showman, Tamer Hosny have scored high nominations on the 6th AFRIMA Continental Nominees’ List, released by the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, on Sunday, August 25.
The Nominees’ List comprising 26 Continental Award Categories is coming few days after the 6th AFRIMA Regional Categories comprising the Best Female and Best Male artistes within each of the five African regions were unveiled by the International Jury of AFRIMA during the World Media Conference held in Lagos, Nigeria on August 14, 2019, and broadcast live around the world on Africa Independent Television (AIT), RayPower Radio and Kennis FM.
The Continental categories are made up of the different genres of African music from Hip-Hop, Jazz, R’n’B, Pop and Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall to other coveted categories such as ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Producer of the Year’ and ‘Best African Collaboration’ among others.
Over 200 songs have been nominated from a variety of artistes in the Continental and Regional categories cutting across a host of African talents and creative living on the continent and in the diaspora.
Leading the 6th AFRIMA nominations scorecard is South Africa’s Nasty C with nine nominations in the following categories; Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, Producer of the Year in Africa, Best African Rapper/Lyricist, Best African Collaboration, Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip-Hop, Songwriter of the Year in Africa and Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R’n’B & Soul.
Following closely is Davido with six nominations which include; Best Male Artiste in Western Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, African Fans’ Favourite, Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R’n’B & Soul, and Best African Collaboration for ‘Blow My Mind with Chris Brown’.
Burna Boy will be competing in five different categories which are Best Male Artiste in Western Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, Album of the Year in Africa and Best African Collaboration with ‘Killin Dem’ featuring Zlatan’.
Egyptian artiste, Tamer Hosny copped four nominations in the following categories; Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, and Songwriter of the Year in Africa.
Other artistes with multiple nominations include Diamond Platnumz who has four nominations (Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop and Best African Dance or Choreography category), and South Africa’s seasoned producer and DJ, Prince Kaybee with five spots (Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, Producer of the Year in Africa, Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro, and Best African Collaboration with ‘Banomoya’ featuring Busiswa & TNS.
The late DJ Arafat, known for his infectious music rhythms and energetic dance has also been posthumously nominated in the Best Male Artiste in Central Africa and Best African Dance or Choreography categories for works he produced within the 6th AFRIMA entry submission window of August 1, 2018 – August 2, 2019.
Public voting for the 6th AFRIMA Nominees to stand a chance to win the 23.9 Carat Gold-Plated AFRIMA trophy commences on September 1 on the AFRIMA voting platform www.afrima.orgFans. Followers of African music can access the online voting pages through the links on AFRIMA social media platforms or directly on the landing page on www.afrima.org. Voting closes at midnight CAT on November 22.
Mr. Delani Makhalima, a member of the International Jury of AFRIMA representing Southern Africa, said: “As with each year, the musicians never cease to amaze us with their incredible talent. As jurors, we are impressed with the quality of work being produced. We are confident that the nominees’ list presented this year is a true reflection of world-class African talent and each year it gets harder and harder to judge and grade the standard, as all regions on the African continent continue to surprise us by what we see and hear.
“It is encouraging to also see how the music lovers and fans are growing in record numbers to support the music. We are enthusiastic to see this wave of appreciation transcend across the border and overseas.We would like to encourage more musicians, songwriters, and producers to keep submitting and spreading the word of AFRIMA so that we can celebrate together the progress and pinnacles of where African music is reaching”, he added.
The 2019 AFRIMA Call for Entry which opened worldwide on May 15 exceeded the 2018 submissions by 148 entries. Of the 8,157 entries submitted this year, Western Africa led the pack with 38% of the total entries followed by Southern Africa with 24%. Eastern Africa, Central Africa, and Northern Africa have 20%, 14%, and 4% respectively.
The 13-man International Jury of AFRIMA sat in Lagos, Nigeria from Wednesday, August 7, 2019, to Tuesday, August 14 for screening, assessing, grading and selecting nominees into the 36 different Regional and Continental awarding categories of AFRIMA.
The 2019 main awards event scheduled for November 20 to November 23 will span four days packed with activities which include the 6th AFRIMA Welcome Soiree, the 6th Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS), the 6th AFRIMA Music Village, a Guided Tour of the Host City, the exclusive 6th AFRIMA Nominees Party and the 6th AFRIMA Main Awards ceremony.
The main awards events will be broadcast live on over 84 stations across Africa and the Diaspora including live streaming on the AFRIMA website, the AFRIMA App, the AFRIMA social media handles and other online partner platforms.
Some of the categories and the nominees
Covid-19 vaccine will stop people from entering heaven, Kanye West
Kanye West is ‘extremely cautious’ about a possible coronavirus vaccine, believing it could stop people getting into heaven.
The 42-year-old rapper has revealed that he had Covid-19 back in February, experiencing chills and ‘shaking in the bed.’
However, his experience hasn’t changed his mind about a vaccine, as the star, who is running for president, thinks that a possible vaccine is ‘the mark of the beast’.
In an interview with Forbes, West said:
“It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralysed…
“So when they say the way we’re going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast.
“They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven.
“I’m sorry when I say they, the humans that have the Devil inside them.
“And the sad thing is that the saddest thing is that we all won’t make it to heaven, that there’ll be some of us that do not make it.”
And when asked about a cure, Kanye said:
“It’s all about God.
“We need to stop doing things that make God mad.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the father-of-four, husband to Kim Kardashian, confirmed that he is pro-life ‘because I’m following the word of the bible.’
Naira Marley to open restaurant so people can eat free meals always
Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola, professionally known as Naira Marley, has announced his intention to give back to his fans and well-wishers in the society.
The controversial singer said he wants to launch a non-profit restaurant which will serve people at all times. He said the restaurant will be organized in such a way that people will feel free to come in and eat whenever they want.
“I wanna open a non-profitable charity kinda thing where people can just come to eat at any time and also help them for any other things they need help with,” he wrote.
Nigerian singer, Yung6ix clocks 31 today
Nigerian artiste Onome Onokohwomo also known as Yung6ix today 8th of July clocked 31.
According to Wikipedia, Onokohwomo was born and raised in Warri, Delta State.
He grew up as the oldest child in a family of five, and took a strong interest in music at a young age. While a student at FGC Warri, he engaged himself in rap battles and developed a friendlier relationship with like-minded students, which led to the formation of the hip hop group G-Squad.
The group soon began performing at various talent shows in Delta State. Music remained their unmatched and true passion.
Yung6ix has featured with the likes of Wizkid, MI among others. And he is known for his solid rap verses.
On 11 August 2019, Yung6ix was signed as the first Ambassador to the fast growing e-commerce firm Patricia, one of the largest traders of Bitcoin and gift cards in West Africa.
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