All Africa Music Awards

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All Africa Music Awards
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First awardedDecember 27, 2014
Websiteafrima.org[dead link]

All Africa Music Awards (also referred to as AFRIMA) is an annual awards event. The awards event was established by the International Committee AFRIMA, in collaboration with the African Union (AU) to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage. Its pioneer Awards show was held in 2014.

History[edit]

Oriental Hotel, Lagos, site of the first All Africa Music Awards

Nigeria has hosted three of the award editions during 2014–2016. Nigeria once again won the fourth-year hosting rights tenure in 2017.[1][2] However, the Republic of Ghana was given the right to host the All Africa Music Awards for four consecutive years from December 2018 to 2021.[3]

Organisation[edit]

The International Committee of AFRIMA consists of five regions: SADEC, Eastern Africa, Central Africa, Northern and Western Africa, which are run by regional directors and 54 country directors.[4] Public votes determine which artists get awarded, alongside a jury of experienced African culture, media and music industry experts/professionals.

Host cities[edit]

Year Date Country Host city Venue Host(s) Ref
2014 27 December Nigeria Lagos Grand Ballroom, Oriental Hotel 2baba Idibia (Nigeria) and Maryse Acotie (Togo) [5]
2015 15 November Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel and Suites DNG (Kenya) and Aurelie Eliam (Côte d'Ivoire) [6]
2016 6 November Ahmed Soultan (Morocco); Bonang Matheba (South Africa) and Ika De Jong (DR Congo)
2017 12 November Akon (Senegal) and Sophy Aiida (Cameroon) [7]
2018 24 November Ghana Accra Accra International Conference Centre Michael Blackson (Ghana), Pearl Thusi (South Africa) and Anita Erskine (Ghana) [8]

Award categories[edit]

These awards consist of 37 prizes of two categories: region-based awards (covering the five African regions) overseeing the achievements of African artistes within their specific regions of origin and the genre-based continental awards.

Regional Awards[edit]

  1. Best Female Artiste in Central Africa
  2. Best Male Artiste in Central Africa
  3. Best Female Artiste in Western Africa
  4. Best Male Artiste in Western Africa
  5. Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa
  6. Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa
  7. Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa
  8. Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa
  9. Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa
  10. Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa.

Continental Awards[edit]

  1. Artiste of the Year
  2. African Fans' Favorite
  3. Album of the Year
  4. Best African Collaboration
  5. Best African Contemporary
  6. Best African Electro
  7. Best African Group/Duo/Band
  8. Best African Hip Hop
  9. Best African Jazz
  10. Best African Pop
  11. Best African Reggae/Ragga/Dancehall
  12. Best African RnB/Soul
  13. Best African Rock
  14. Best African Traditional
  15. Best Female Inspirational
  16. Best Male Inspirational
  17. Best African DJ
  18. Best African Lyricist/Rapper
  19. Best African Act in Diaspora
  20. Best African Dance/Choreography
  21. AFRIMA Legend Award
  22. Most Promising Artiste of the Year
  23. Producer of the Year
  24. Revelation of the African Continent
  25. Song of the Year
  26. Songwriter of the Year
  27. Video of the Year.[9]

Past Award Winners[edit]

2014 Edition[10][edit]

Category Winner Country Title
Artiste of the Year Afrotronix Chad Azaba
AFRIMA Legend Award Fela Anikulapo Kuti Nigeria
Producer of the Year Don Jazzy, Robbie Malinga and Mojalefa Thebe Nigeria and South Africa "Eminado" and "Impilo"
Song of the Year Davido Nigeria "Aye"
Revelation of the African Continent Wiyaala feat. Jupitar Ghana "Rock my body"
Best Video Bez (Kemi Adetiba) Nigeria "Say"
Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Music Bro. Philemon feat. Morris Ghana "It is Well"
Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music Nikki Laoye Nigeria "Only You"
Best African Rock Dear Zim Zimbabwe "Indiana"
Best African Traditional Music Adjiboye and Yinka Ayanda Benin Republic and Nigeria "Inna" and "Ise"
Best RnB and Soul 2Baba Idibia Nigeria "Dance in the Rain"
Best African Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall Radio and Weasel Uganda "Breath Away"
Best African Pop Elani Kenya "Kookoo"
Best African Hip Hop Davido Nigeria "Aye (song)"
Best African Electro Mi Casa South Africa "Jika"
Best African Contemporary Angelique Kidjo Benin Republic "Shango Wa"
Most Promising Artiste in Africa Wiyaala Ghana "Rock My Body"
Best African Collaboration D'banj and Friends 19 countries in Africa "Cocoa Na Chocolate"
Best African Group/Duo/Band Paul and Peter Okoye (P-Square) Nigeria "Personally"
Song Writer of the Year Brymo Nigeria Down
Album of the Year Olamide Nigeria Baddest Guy Ever Liveth
Best Male in Western Africa Davido Nigeria "Skelewu"
Best Female in Western Africa Angelique Kidjo Benin Republic "Shango Wa"
Best Male in Southern Africa Heavy K feat. Professor South Africa "Beautiful War"
Best Female in Southern Africa Cindy Munyavi Zimbabwe "Parere Moyo"
Best Male in Northern Africa Ahmed Soultan Morocco "It’s Alright"
Best Female in Northern Africa Noura Mint Seymale Mauritania "Tzenni"
Best Male in Eastern Africa Diamond Platnumz Tanzania "Number One"
Best Female in Eastern Africa Vanessa Mdee Tanzania "Cover"
Best Male in Central Africa Fally Ipupa DR Congo "Original"
Best Female in Central Africa Laurette La Perle DR Congo "Lembo La Mboka Ame"

2015 Edition[11][edit]

Category Winner Country Title
Album of the Year Charlotte Dipanda Cameroon Elle n'a pas vu
Song Writer of the Year Jose Chameleone Uganda Wale Wale
Best African Group/Duo/Band Sauti Sol Kenya Sura yako
Best African Collaboration AKA ft Burna Boy, Dales and Jr South Africa and Nigeria All eyes on me
Most Promising Artiste in Africa Kiss Daniel Nigeria Woju
Best Artiste in African Contemporary Charlotte Dipanda Cameroon Elle n'a pas vu
Best Artiste in African Electro Flavour Nigeria Power to win
Best Artiste in African Hip Hop Cassper Nyovest South Africa Ghetto
Best Artiste in African Pop Vanessa Mdee Tanzania Hawajui
Best Artiste in Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall Stonebwoy Ghana Pull Up (Remix)
Best Artiste in African RnB and Soul Praiz Nigeria If I fall
Best Artiste in African Traditional Music Gangbe Brass Band Benin Yoruba
AFRIMA Legend Award Ladysmith Black Mambazo South Africa
Best Artiste in African Rock M'vula Angola Volume 10
Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music Betty Akna Equatorial Guinea Africa united
Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Music Darey Nigeria Pray for me
Video of the Year in Africa Wiyaala Ghana Africa
Revelation of the African Continent Adekunle Gold Nigeria Sade
Song of the Year Diamond Platnumz Tanzania Nasema Nawe
Best Artiste in African Jazz Kunle Ayo Nigeria Joromi
Artiste of the Year Diamond Platnumz Tanzania
Producer of the Year Sauti Sol Kenya Sura yako
Music/Entertainment Journalist of the year Oris Aigbokhaevbolo Nigeria Going Country: Nashville-Lives
Best Female in Central Africa Charlotte Dipanda Cameroon Elle n'a pas vu
Best Male in Central Africa Stanley Enow Cameroon King Kong
Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa Tsedenia Ethiopia Yet Biye
Best Male in Eastern Africa Diamond Platnumz Tanzania Nasema Nawe
Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa Manal (singer) Morocco Denia
Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa Ahmed Soultan Morocco This is who I am
Best Female in Southern Africa Busiswa South Africa Lahla
Best Male in Southern Africa Cassper Nyovest South Africa Ghetto
Best Female Artiste in Western Africa Yemi Alade Nigeria Kissing
Best Male Artiste in Western Africa Olamide Nigeria Bobo

2016 Edition[12][edit]

Category Winner Country Title
Album of the Year Ahmed Soultan Morocco Music Has No Boundaries
Song Writer of the Year Unique Uganda Njogereza
Best African Group/Duo/Band VVIP Ghana Dogo Yaro
Best African Collaboration Eddy Kenzo and Niniola Uganda and Nigeria Mbilo Mbilo
Most Promising Artiste in Africa Amine Aub Morocco Feel the Same
Best Artiste in African Contemporary Flavour Nigeria Mmege Mmege
Best Artiste in African Electro Such Zimbabwe You
Best Artiste in African Hip Hop Stanley Enow Cameroon Work Hard
Best Artiste in African Pop Diamond Platnumz Tanzania Utanipenda
Best Artiste in Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall Patoranking Nigeria No kissing
Best Artiste in African RnB and Soul Henok and Mehari Brothers Ethiopia Ewedi Shalehu
Best Artiste in African Traditional Music Zainab Benin Bolojo
AFRIMA Legend Award Manu Dibango Cameroon N/A
Best Artiste in African Rock M'vula Angola Tristezase Alegrias
Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music Naomi Achu Cameroon Busy Body
Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Music Icha Kavons DR Congo Testimony
Video of the Year in Africa VVIP Ghana Dogoyaro
Revelation of the African Continent Falz Nigeria Bad Baddo Badest
Song of the Year Diamond Platnumz Tanzania Utanipenda
Producer of the Year Kuseim Uganda Mbilo Mbilo
Artiste of the Year Wizkid Nigeria Final (Baba Nla)
Best Artiste in African Jazz Jimmy Dludlu South Africa Ha Deva
Best Female in Central Africa Bruna Tatiana Angola Prometo Mudar
Best Male in Central Africa Wax Dey Cameroon Saka Makossa
Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa Cindy Sanyu Uganda Still Standing
Best Male in Eastern Africa Diamond Platnumz Tanzania Utanipenda
Best Female Artist in Northern Africa Zina Daoudia Morocco La Waheed Wala Million
Best Male Artist in Northern Africa Amr Diab Egypt Ahla W Ahla
Best Female in Southern Africa Sally Boss Madam Namibia Natural
Best Male in Southern Africa Black Coffee South Africa Come with me
Best Male Artiste in Western Africa Flavour Nigeria Dance
Best Female Artiste in West Africa Aramide Nigeria I Don't Care

2017 Edition[13][14][edit]

Category Winner Country Title
AFRIMA Legend Awards Oliver Mutikudzi Zimbabwe N/A
Salif Keita Mali N/A
Artiste of the Year in Africa Wizkid Nigeria Come Closer
Song of the Year in Africa Wizkid Nigeria Come Closer
Producer of the Year DJ Coublon(Sheyi Shay) Nigeria Yolo Yolo
Album of the Year in Africa Eddy Kenzo Uganda Shuari Yako
Revelation of the Year Shyn Madagascar Resim Pitia
Songwriter of the Year Simi Nigeria Smile for Me
Video of the Year Orezi(Adasa Cookey) Nigeria Cooking Pot
African Fans’ Favourite The Dogg Namibia Shuukifa Kwi
Best Artiste or Group in African Traditional Halmelmal Abate Ethiopia Harar
Best Artiste in African Pop Toofan [fr] Togo Tere Tere
Best Artiste or Group in African RnB and Soul Ali Kiba Tanzania Aje ft MI
Best Artiste or Group in African Hip-Hop YCEE Nigeria Juice
Best Artiste or Group in African Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall 2Baba Idibia Nigeria Holy Holy
Best Artiste or Group in African Electro Nsoki Angola Africa Unite ft DJ Maphorisa and Paulo Alves
Best Artiste in African Jazz Nduduzo Mhakatini South Africa Igagu
Best Artiste in African Rock Gilad Kenya Angel Uriel
Best African Collaboration Ali Kiba ft MI Tanzania Aje
Best African Group Toofan Togo Tere Tere
Most Promising Artiste in Africa Neza Rwanda Uranyica
Best Artiste or Group in African Contemporary Wande Coal Nigeria Iskaba
Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music Asikey Nigeria Earth Attack
Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Gilad Kenya Angel Uriel ft Omer Millo
Best Female Artiste in Western Africa Tiwa Savage Nigeria All Over
Best Male Artiste in Western Africa Wizkid Nigeria Come Closer ft Drake
Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa Emtee South Africa We Up
Best Female in Southern Africa Thandiswa South Africa Nonsokolo
Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa Amr Diab Egypt Meaddy El Nas
Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa Ibitssam Tiskat Morocco Menak Wla Meni
Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa Uganda Fikir Yishala
Best Female Artiste in East Africa Nandy Tanzania One Day
Best Male Artiste in Central Africa Locko Cameroon Supporte Ft Mr Leo
Best Female Artiste in Central Africa Montess Cameroon In Love With a Gun Man

2018 Edition [15][16][17][edit]

Category Winner Country Title
Best Female Artiste in Central Africa Daphne Cameroon Jusqu’à La Gare
Best Female Artiste of the year Yemi Alade Nigeria Herself
Best Male Artiste in Central Africa Fally Ipupa Congo Mannequin Ft Keback and Naz
Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa Betty G Ethiopia Mengedegna
Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa Bebe Cool Uganda Freedom
Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa Lyna Mayhem Algeria Bye Bye
Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa Hamza El Fadly Morocco Ya Mraya
Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa Shekhinah South Africa Please Mr
Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa Nasty C South Africa Jungle
Best Female Artiste in Western Africa Tiwa Savage Nigeria Ma Lo ft Wizkid and Spellz
Best Male Artiste in Western Africa Davido Nigeria Fia
Album of the Year Betty G Ethiopia Wegegta
Artiste of the Year Davido Nigeria Fia
Best African Video Sesan Ogunro Nigeria Gringo (Shatta Wale)
Best African Act in Diaspora Hazel Mak Malawi Jaiva Ft. Roberto and Tay Grin
Best African Collaboration GuiltyBeatz, Mr Eazi, Patapaa and Pappy Kojo Ghana-Nigeria Akwaaba
Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Contemporary Kidi Ghana Odo Remix Ft. Mayorkun and Davido
Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography Mr P Nigeria Ebeano
Best African DJ Afrotronix Chad OyO
Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro Master KG South Africa Skeleton Move Ft. Zanda Zakuza
Best African Duo, Group or Band Toofan Togo Money
Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop M.anifest Ft. King Promise Ghana Me Ne Woa
Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Jazz Sibusiso Mashiloane South Africa Niza
Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop 2Baba Nigeria Amaka Ft. Peruzzi
Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Ragga, Reggae and Dancehall Stonebwoy Ghana Hero
Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African RnB and Soul Praiz Nigeria Champagne and Flowers
Best African Rapper or Lyricist Falz Nigeria La Fête
Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Traditional Irene Namatovu Uganda Nsambila Nyuma Nga Janzi
Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Rock Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh Egypt Ekaa Maksour
Best Female Artiste in African Inspirational Music Sandra Nankoma Uganda Kaddugala
Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music Sarkodie Ghana Glory Ft. Yung
Most Promising Artiste in Africa Kuami Eugene Ghana Confusion
Producer of the Year Fresh VDM Togo Fia
Revelation of the Year Betty G Ethiopia Ere Manew
Song of the Year GuiltyBeatz, Mr Eazi, Patapaa and Pappy Kojo Ghana - Nigeria Akwaaba
Songwriter of the Year Shekhinah Donell, Amon Taulo Chibiya II South Africa Different Ft. Mariechan
African Fans’ Favourite Nedy Music Tanzania One and Only Ft. Ruby


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