GHANA has received six nominations for the 6th edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).
Rapper Sarkodie is leading the chart with two nominations – Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop and Best African Rapper/Lyricist - for ‘Biibi Ba’ ft. LJ, Tulenkey, Frequency, K. Mole, ToyBoi, Yeyo.
Stonebwoy secured a nomination for his song ‘Tuff Seed’, while Shatta Wale also received a nomination for his hit song ‘My Level’.
The event which will be held from November 20 – 23 also has Guiltybeatz, Mr Eazi and Kwesi Arthur as nominees for their song ‘Pilolo’ in the category Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro.
Kuami Eugene has also been nominated in the African Fans Favourite category for his song ‘Ohemaa’ ft Kidi.
Video director REX has also been nominated in the Best African Video category for his work on Kuami Eugene’s ‘Ohemaa’ ft KiDi.
The nominees' list comprising the 26 continental award categories is coming a 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.
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.
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Nasty C has the highest nominations with nine
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 Nigeria's 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'.
Another Nigerian, 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 got 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.
Meanwhile, public voting for the 6th AFRIMA nominees commences on September 1 on the AFRIMA voting platform www.afrima.orgFans and 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 (10:00 PM GMT November 21).