Mafikizolo, Davido, Amr Diab, Diamond Platnumz, Fally Ipupa, Uhuru, others make AFRIMA 2014 nominees list

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The five regions of Africa gave an impressive account of their respective music industry as the 2014 Nominees’ List of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, was unveiled today, September 23, 2014 during a world press conference held at Protea Hotel Leadway, Maryland Estate, Lagos, Nigeria.

Present for the AFRIMA Panel of Jurors at the unveiling event was jury member Mr. Oscar Kidjo, a seasoned music producer, representing West Africa (Benin Republic). Also representing the International Committee of AFRIMA were: Executive Producer/President, Mike Dada; Director Brand Communication & Sponsorship, Matlou Tsotetsi; Chairman, International Media Committee, Steve Ayorinde and Co-Producer/Country Director, Nigeria, Kingsley James. Other attendees included African music industry personalities, heads of partner corporate organisations and music industry stakeholders.

Although popular names in the continental music industry showed up on the highly-anticipated Nominees’ List of the awards project that is rewarding excellence by budding and established music professionals as well as journalists, the nominations of a generous number of emerging African artistes in many award categories threw more excitement into the unveiling event witnessed by local and international press as well as critical stakeholders in the music industry.

Among the well-known African music names on the nominees list are: Mafikizolo (South Africa) 6 nominations, Davido (Nigeria) 6 nominations, Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) 2 nominations, Amr Diab (Egypt) 2 nominations, Zahara (South Africa) 3 nominations, Angelique Kidjo (Benin Republic) 2 nominations, Fally Ipupa (DRC) 1 nomination, Sakordie (Ghana) 1 nomination, Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) 2 nominations, Uhuru (South Africa) 5 nominations and Mi Casa (South Africa) 4 nominations. Leading the budding music acts on AFRIMA Nominees’ List is: TemiDollFace (Nigeria) 4 nominations, others are Wiyaala (Ghana) 3 nominations; Patoranking (Nigeria) 2 nominations; Davina Green (Zimbabwe) 1 nomination and Noura Mint Seymale (Mauritania) 2 nominations, among others.

Heavyweight African music producer, Don Jazzy (Nigeria) made the Africa Producer of the Year category for the song ‘Eminado’ alongside top contenders: Robbie Malinga & Mojela Thebe (South Africa) for ‘Impilo’; Oskido and Shizzi (Nigeria) for ‘Tchelete’; Mikky Me (Nigeria) ‘Down’ and Del’B (Nigeria) for ‘Pull Over’.

Giving details into the criteria by which the nominees list emerged, Matlou Tsotetsi explained that the jury panel adhered strictly to the entry submission requirements while being guided by AFRIMA’s core values of FACE IT –Fairness, Authenticity, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency. “The adjudication panel of jurors consisting of experienced names in the continental and global music industry were in Lagos in July to evaluate the submitted works. The entries, which made the laid down criteria and qualified on merit, were shortlisted, based on their scores and this was sent to our regional officials in Kenya who then tabulated these scores. The result is what we are presenting today”, Ms. Tsotetsi stated.

While 31 of the 33 award categories will be open for voting by the public and AFRIMA Academy of Voters, Mike Dada revealed that recipients of the AFRIMA Legend Award and the Africa Entertainment/Music Journalist Award will be decided by the International Committee of AFRIMA and announced at the main awards ceremony on Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Mike Dada said further that the AFRIMA voting online platform will open on Tuesday, September 30 for the five-week voting process, while encouraging the public, fans and followers of African music to visit the AFRIMA website,  www.afrima.org , to view the nominees in the 30 categories of the award and vote for their favourite artiste (s).

For the 2014 edition, the award project opened entries on May 15 and closed the submission of entries on July 21 in the process receiving a staggering total of 2,025 works for assessment submitted by African music industry artistes, professionals and journalists.

The AFRIMA Jury, made up of seasoned African industry practitioners, were in Lagos, Nigeria, between July 31 to August 6 for the week-long adjudication of entries from artistes, songwriters, video directors, producers as well as journalists. In addition to Oscar Kidjo, the other jury members include: Kawesa Richard (Uganda) Eastern Africa; Tabu Osusa (Kenya) Eastern Africa; Laolu Akintobi (Nigeria) Western Africa; Robert Esong Ekukole (Cameroon), Central Africa; Kiki Toure (Equatorial Guinea) Central Africa; Delani Makhalima (Zimababwe) Southern Africa; Chris Syren (South Africa) Southern Africa; Angela Martins African Union Commission; Rab Bakari (USA) Diaspora and Rita Ray (UK), Diaspora. The result of the Jury’s work and the thorough collation by AFRIMA’s Kenya-based internal auditors has produced the AFRIMA 2014 Nominees’ List.

Nominees are vying for the coveted AFRIMA trophy in 33 categories divided into the regional and continental categories and including the AFRIMA Legend Award –a honour for a great African who has contributed immensely to the advancement of African music, the creative sector in general and impacted on the positive image of the continent and its global reckoning.

The continental award categories are: Best Male Artiste – Inspirational Music, Best Female Artiste – Inspirational Music, Best Inspirational Music Group, Best Traditional African Artiste, Best African Contemporary Artiste, Most Promising African Artiste, Revelation of the Year, Producer of the Year, Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the year, Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year, R ‘n’ B Song of the Year, Pop Song of the Year, Rap Song of the Year, Collaboration of the Year, Best African Ragga/Reggae/Dancehall Song, Best African Group, Music/Entertainment Journalist of the Year and AFRIMA Legend Award.

Regional categories are: Best Male Artiste East Africa, Best Female Artiste East Africa, Best Male Artiste Central Africa, Best Male Artiste Central Africa, Best Female Artiste Central Africa, Best Male Artiste Southern Africa, Best Female Artiste Southern Africa, Best Male Artiste North Africa, Best Female Artiste North Africa, Best Male Artiste West Africa, Best Female Artiste West Africa,

In partnership with the African Union Commission, All Africa Music Awards promises to be a premium star-studded event on November 9, preceded by the AFRIMA Music Village between November 4 and 7, a four-day festival style open concert of non-stop music, fanfare and exhibition from countries in Africa and performances by African artistes. There will also be an African Music Summit, November 6 to 7, themed “Reviving the Business of Music in Africa”. The two-day conference will be a platform for the music industry stakeholders to engage and deliberate on how the industry can be nurtured and be a major contributor to national and continental economies.

HERE IS THE LIST OF NOMINEES

OFFICIAL NOMINATION LIST


CATEGORY: BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN CENTRAL AFRICA

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Betty Akna Equatorial Guinea Lembo La Mboka Ame
Reniss Cameroon C’est La Vie
Marole Tchamba Cameroon Sacre Cameroun
Mani Bella Cameroon Pala Pala Woman
Laurette La Perle Democratic Republic of Congo Terminus
Gasandji Democratic Republic of Congo Libela

 

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST MALE ARTISTE IN CENTRAL AFRICA

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Fally Ipupa Democratic Republic of Congo Original
Stanley Enow Cameroon Hein Pere
Krash Le Grav K Gabon Desole
Ben Armstrong Cameroon Young Prince

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN EASTERN AFRICA.

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Jackie Chandiru Uganda Champion
Kaz Kenya Niokoe
Muthoni the Drummer Queen Kenya Nai Ni Ya Who
Size 8 Kenya Moto
Vanessa Mdee Tanzania Come Over
Wahu Kenya For You

 

  

CATEGORY: BEST MALE ARTISTE IN EASTERN AFRICA.

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Dan Aceda Kenya An E Yo
Diamond Platnumz Tanzania Number One
Dr. Jose Chameleone Uganda Tubonge
Kidum Burundi Hali Na Mali
Maurice Kirya Uganda The Blue Dress
Peter Msechu, featuring Amini Tanzania Nyota

 

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN NORTH AFRICA.

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Aziza Brahim Western Sahara Julud
Cheba Kheira Algeria Chelfaouia
Noura Mint Seymale Mauritania Tzenni
Samira Said Morocco Mazal

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST MALE ARTISTE IN NORTH AFRICA

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Ahmed Soultan Morocco It’s Alright
Amr Diab Egypt El Leila
Cheb Bilal Algeria Ma Nansakch
Hakim Egypt Efred
MC Majhoul Algeria Ktabi

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Cindy Munyavi Zimbabwe Parere Moyo
Dama Do Bling Mozambique Me Luv It
Lira South Africa Something Inside So Strong
Lizah James, featuring Uhuru Mozambique Quem Ti Mandou
Mampi Zambia Love Recipe
Zahara South Africa Impilo

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST MALE ARTISTE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA.

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Eddy Tussa Angola Margaride
Heavy K, featuring Professor South Africa Beautiful War
Jah Prayzah Zimbabwe Tsviriyo
Kueno Aionda Angola Isabel
Lawi Malawi Whistle Song
The Dogg, featuring Chesta Namibia Nuka

 

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN WEST AFRICA.

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Angelique Kidjo Benin Shango Wa
Chidinma, featuring Flavour Nigeria Oh Baby
Wiyaala Ghana Rock My Body
Niyola Nigeria Toh Bad
Omawumi Nigeria Megbele
Tiwa Savage, featuring Don Jazzy Nigeria Eminado

 

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST MALE ARTIST IN WEST AFRICA

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Sarkodie, featuring Castro Ghana Adonai
DJ Arafat Cote D’Ivoire Gbinchin pintin
Darey Nigeria Special Fever
Davido Nigeria Skelewu
Flavour Nigeria Ada Ada
2Face Nigeria Dance in the Rain

 

CATEGORIES:  ALBUM OF THE YEAR

 

Album Country Artiste
Merchants, Dealers & Slaves Nigeria Brymo
Phendula South Africa Zahara
Reunited South Africa Mafikizolo
Stand Like Giants South Africa The Parlotones
Baddest Guy Ever Liveth (BGEL) Nigeria Olamide

 

 

 

CATEGORIES: SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

 

SONGWRITER(S) COUNTRY TRACK
Bulelwa Mkutukana South Africa Impilo
David Adeleke, Nhlanhla Nciza & Theo Kgosinkwe Nigeria & South Africa Tchelete
Kingsley Okonkwo & Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun Nigeria Pull Over
Olawale Ashimi Nigeria Down
Paul Okoye & Peter Okoye Nigeria Personally
The Parlotones, Khuli Chana, Jon Savage & J. Nobrega South Africa Sleepwalker

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST AFRICAN GROUP/ DUO/BAND

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba Senegal Mbolo
Mafikizolo, featuring May D South Africa Happiness
Mi Casa South Africa Jika
P-Square Nigeria Personally
Sauti Sol Kenya Nishike
Uhuru, featuring DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor & Uri-Da-Cunh

South Africa

 

Y-tjukutja

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Davido, and  Mafikizolo Nigeria & South Africa

Tchelete

 

Diamond Platnumz, featuring Davido

Tanzania & Nigeria

 

Number One

 

DJ Clock, featuring Beatenberg South Africa Pluto
Uhuru, featuring DJ Bucks, Oskido,Professor & Uri-Da-Cunh

 South Africa

 

Y-tjukutja
D’Banj   and Friends 19 countries in Africa Cocoa Na Chocolate
Mavins /Don Jazzy Nigeria Dorobucci

 

CATEGORY: MOST PROMISING ARTISTE IN AFRICA

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Coda South Africa Fat Boy
Davina Green Zimbabwe Everytime
Isabel Novella Mozambique Moya
Kakana Mozambique Xiluva
TemiDollFace Nigeria Pata Pata
Wiyaala, featuring Jupitar Ghana Rock My Body

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Angelique Kidjo Benin Shango Wa
Olamide Nigeria Eleda Mi
Erna Chimu Namibia Chant
Gasandji Democratic Republic of Congo Libela
Kakana Mozambique Xiluva

Tsedenia

 

Ethiopia

 

Yefikir Girma

 

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST AFRICAN ELECTRO

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
ACoda South Africa Fat Boy
Goldfish South Africa Three Second Memory
Mi Casa South Africa Jika
Taps Zimbabwe When You Said Goodbye
The Dogg, featuring Chest Namibia Nuka

Uhuru, featuring DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor & Uri-Da-Cunh

 

South Africa Y-tjukutja

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST AFRICAN HIP-HOP (SONG)

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
E.L. Ghana Ayayaa
Ice Prince Nigeria Jambo
Davido Nigeria Aiye
Khuli Chana, featuring KayGizm & Fifi Cooper

South Africa

 

Mnatebawen

 

Manifest Ghana Someway Bi
Muthoni the Drummer Queen Kenya Nai Ni Ya Who

CATEGORY: BEST AFRICAN POP (A SONG)

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Carlprit, featuring Jaicko Zimbabwe Remember to Forget
DJ Clock, featuring Beatenberg

South Africa

 

Pluto
Elani Kenya Kookoo
Mafikizolo, featuring May D

South Africa

 

Happiness

 

P-Square Nigeria Personally
TemiDollFace Nigeria Pata Pata

 

AFRIMA 2014: NOMINEES LIST

CATEGORY: BEST AFRICAN REGGAE, RAGGA & DANCEHALL

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Buffalo Souljah Zimbabwe Basawine
Burna Boy Nigeria Yawa Dey
Dama Do Bling Mozambique Me Luv It
Patoranking Nigeria Girlie O
Radio & Weasel Uganda Breath Away
Wiyaala, featuring Jupitar Ghana Rock My Body

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST AFRICAN RNB & SOUL

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Davina Green Zimbabwe Everytime
Isabel Novella Mozambique Moya
Maurice Kirya Uganda The Blue Dress
2Face Nigeria Dance in the Rain
Vanessa Mdee Tanzania Come Over
Wahu Kenya For You

 

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST AFRICAN TRADITIONAL

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Adjiboye Benin Inna
Cheb Bilal Algeria Ma Nansakch
Yinka Ayanda Nigeria Ise Mi
Hakim Egypt Efred
Noura Mint Seymale

Mauritania

 

Tzenni
The Nile Project Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda Bi Wele Wele

 

CATEGORY: BEST AFRICAN ROCK

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Dear Zim Zimbabwe Indiana
Shadow Club South Africa Melanielectriclove
Shaun Jacobs South Africa End of the Road
The Parlotones, featuring Khuli Chana South Africa

Sleepwalker

 

Van Coke Kartel South Africa Moregloed

 

CATEGORY: BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Gore Rapera, featuring Jah Prayzah

Zimbabwe

 

Fungisai

 

Maréma Senegal Femme d’affaires
Monique Nigeria Power Flow
Nikki Laoye Nigeria Only You
Sessime Benin My Praise
Size 8 Kenya Moto

 

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST MALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Benjamin Dube, featuring Nomakhuze Ndabula

South Africa

 

Yebo Linamandla

 

Bro Philemon, featuring Morris Baby Face

Ghana

 

It is Well

 

Flo Nigeria Twale
Pitson Kenya Lingale Ya Yeso

Jimmy Gait, featuring Papa Dennis

Pitson

Kenya

 

Makekes

 

Sebastian Magacha Zimbabwe 1+1

 

CATEGORY: BEST VIDEO

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
BazaSon & Principlez, featuring Sinayo Mhaya

South Africa

 

 

Afrika

Bez Nigeria Say
Chidinma, featuring Flavour Nigeria Oh Baby!
Mi Casa South Africa Jika
P-Square Nigeria Personally
TemiDollFace Nigeria Pata Pata

CATEGORY: REVELATION OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Patoranking Nigeria Girlie O
Elani Kenya Kookoo
Isabel Novella Mozambique Moya
Temidolface Nigeria patapata
Wiyaala, featuring Jupitar Ghana Rock My Body
Kakana Mozambique Kakana

 

CATEGORY: SONG OF THE YEAR

 

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Davido Nigeria Aye
Uhuru South Africa Y-tjukutja
P-square Nigeria Personally
Yemi Alade Nigeria Johnny
The Parlotones, featuring Khuli Chana South Africa Sleepwalker
Davido and  Mafikizolo Nigeria & South Africa Tchelete
Kcee featuring Wizkid Nigeria Pull Over
Mi Casa Jika South Africa

 

 

CATEGORY: BEST TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MUSIC

ARTISTE COUNTRY TRACK
Cheb Bilal Algeria Ma Nansakch
Hakim Egypt Efred
Adjiboye Benin Inna
Yinka Ayanda Nigeria Ise MI
Noura Mint Seymale Mauritania Tzenni
The Nile Project Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda Bi Wele Wele

 

 

CATEGORY: PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 

PRODUCER(S) COUNTRY TRACK
Del’B Nigeria Pull Over
Don Jazzy Nigeria Eminado
Mikky Me Nigeria Down
Robbie Malinga and Mojalefa Thebe South Africa Impilo
Oskido and Shizzi Nigeria Tchelete

Vtek, Charles Duke, Mecca E,

Oscar, Rudeboy and Mr P

Nigeria Personally

 

 

 

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

ARTISTE COUNTRY
Angelique Kidjo Benin
P-Square Nigeria
Uhuru South Africa
Amr Diab Egypt
Maurice Kirya Uganda
Zahara South Africa
Mi Casa South Africa
Dan Aceda Kenya
Davido Nigeria
Mafikizolo South Africa
Tiwa Savage Nigeria

 

 

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