Voting for the 6th edition of Africa’s most outstanding and prestigious 23.9 carat gold–plated musical award, AFRIMA, begins today Sunday 1st September 2019 via www.afrima.org and will remain open for eighty–three days until midnight Friday 22nd November Central Africa Time.
South Africa rap artiste cum producer, Nasty C, tops the nomination list with nine nominations. One nomination in the regional category and eight nominations in the continental categories including producer, songwriter and song of the year in Africa.
Nigeria’s nick named thirty billion gang flamboyant act, Davido, follows stylishly with six nominations including one regional category nomination. Other nominations include African Fan’s Favourite and Best African Collaboration for “Blow My Mind” with America’s platinum / multiple award winning performer, Chris Brown.
The current reigning King of Afro–Dancehall, Burna Boy, remain undisputable with five nominations. One nomination in the regional category and four continental categories including album of the year.
The Ivorian sensational performer and lover of “power–bike” DJ Arafat who recently died in an auto accident with one of his power bikes was 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.
Mr. Delani Makhalima, a member of the International Jury of AFRIMA representing Southern Africa while speaking on the release of the 6th AFRIMA final Nominees’ List, said: “As with each year, the musicians never cease to amaze us with their incredible talent. As jurors, we are impressed with the quality of work being produced. We are confident that the nominees’ list presented this year is a true reflection of world-class African talent and each year it gets harder and harder to judge and grade the standard, as all regions on the African continent continue to surprise us by what we see and hear…”
This year’s edition of the musical award receive a record breaking eight thousand, one hundred and fifty–seven entries from musical artistes across Africa and the Diaspora with West Africa topping the entry chat with 38% and Northern Africa gaining the bottom entry chat with only 4%. South, East and Central Africa followed Western Africa on the entry chat with 24%, 20% and 14% respectively.
The continental categories are made up of different genres of African music from Hip-Hop, Jazz, R’n’B, Pop, Reggae, Ragga and 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.
As always, AFRIMA award is a four–day infotainment musical events which include; Africa Music Business Summit, Host City Guided Tour, Nominees Party and the Main Award Ceremony which will be broadcasted live on over 84 TV stations across the African continent including live streaming on AFRIMA website, App, social media handles and other online partner platforms.