Nigeria’s Burna Boy, Davido and Wizkid will battle other popular singers across Africa in the upcoming AFRIMA Awards.
Davido,Burna Boy and Wizkid will compete with Aminux (Morocco), Daphne (Cameroon), Diamond Plantnumz (Tanzania), Tamer Kaybee (Egypt) Nasty C and Prince Kaybee (South Africa) for the coveted Artiste of the Year award.
Burna Boy was nominated for his song Gbona, while Davido was listed for his track Wonder Woman. Wizkid, made it to the list for his hit single, Fever featuring Tiwa Savage.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s prolific rapper and producer Nasty C, Davido, Burna Boy and Northern Africa’s showman, Tamer Hosny earned high nominations in the update released by the International Committee of AFRIMA.
The Nominees’ List comprising the 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.
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 creatives 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.
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 percent of the total entries followed by Southern Africa with 24 percent.
Eastern Africa, Central Africa, and Northern Africa have 20 percent, 14 percent, and 4percent respectively.