AFRIMA honours at AICC tonight

BY: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Kuami Eugene is in contention for the Most Promising Artiste
Kuami Eugene is in contention for the Most Promising Artiste

The Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) will be a haven for  over 125 artistes across Africa when it hosts the 5th All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) this evening.

The event is regarded as the biggest music festival in Africa and deserving artistes in the year under review will be awarded based on public votes.

Among the 22 categories to be awarded are Album of the Year, Best Artiste, Duo or Group of the Year in an African country, Best African DJ, Best African Rapper or Lyricist, Most Promising Artiste in Africa, Producer of the Year, Revelation of the African Continent, Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

This year, topping the list of 2018 AFRIMA with seven nominations each are Democratic Republic of Congo-born international recording artiste and rapper, Maître Gims and South Africa’s songstress and songwriter, Shekhinah.

Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz and Ethiopia’s Betty G follow with six nominations while Simi (Nigeria) and Nasty C (South Africa) grabbed five nominations each.

Some Ghanaian artistes nominated in various categories for AFRIMA are KiDi, Kuami Eugene, King Promise, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Efya, Ebony, Joe Mettle and Becca.

Lynx Entertainment duo, Kuami Eugene and KiDi are competing for the Most Promising Artiste of the Year award.

The awards ceremony to be broadcast to 84 countries on 105 partner media channels will feature broadcast of red carpet at 4.30 p.m before the main show at 7:30pm.

Since AFRIMA was established in 2014, this is the first time the biggest music event in Africa is being held outside Nigeria.

It seeks to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting Africa's cultural heritage.

The four day event started with a welcome soiree for foreign nominees at the Kempinski Hotel on Wednesday, November 21.

This was followed by the ‘Africa Music Business Summit’ (AMBS) on Thursday, November 22, at the Ballroom of Kempinski Hotel.

Later in the day, African music lovers enjoyed performances by artistes across the continent at the ‘AFRIMA Music Village’, "a festival-style music concert" at the Black Star Square in Accra.

Renowned Ghanaian-born American actor and comedian, Michael Blackson, South Africa’s talented TV personality, Pearl Thusi and Ghana’s media personality, Anita Erskine will host the live stage of the main awards ceremony tonight.

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