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AFRIMA 2022: Nominee List Released

The official list of nominees for the 2022 edition was announced on Wednesday, September 12, by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Executive Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).

The AFRIMA committee chose 382 nominations across 39 categories from a total of 9,067 entries—the most entries the awards have ever received since they were founded—to represent all five regions of Africa as well as the diaspora. Recall that in July, the jury, which was made up of a 12-member panel of music professionals and the AUC, convened a 10-day adjudication to select the top entries from the competition to create the list.

Importantly, nominations for this year’s awards were limited to submissions that were valid from August 20, 2021, to August 5, 2022.

This year, the Western African region leads the regional nominations with 134 nominations, or 35% of the total; the Eastern African region comes in second with 69 nominations, or 18%; the Southern African region comes in third with 68 nominations, or 17.8%; Central Africa pulls its weight with 52 nominations, or 13.6 percent; and the Northern African region comes in fourth with 49 nominations.

Additionally, with 10 nominations, or 2.6 percent of the total, the Global music region—which includes music from non-Africans in the diaspora who continue to advance the African region—takes second place on the list.

With six nominations for his 2021 smash hit, Big Flexa, in the categories of “Song of the Year,” “Breakout Artiste of the Year,” “Best African Collaboration,” “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro,” and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in Use of African Dance/Choreography,” South African maverick Costa Titch leads the list this year with the most nominations.

It’s interesting to note that Dadju, a master of Congolese music, shares sixth place with six nominations in the categories of “Best Male in Central Africa,” “Song of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best African Act in the Diaspora,” and “Best Soundtrack in a Movie, Series, or Documentary.”

Didi B of Ivory Coast, who received five nominations for “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa,” “Song of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” “Best African Rapper/Lyricist,” and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop,” is closely tied for third place in nominations.

The Algerian Disc Jockey and Record Producer is once more tied for fifth place with five nominations in the categories of “Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa,” “Song of the Year,” “Best African DJ,” “Best African Act in the Diaspora,” and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro.”

Another Algerian artist, Soolking, who received five nominations for “Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa,” “Song of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” “Best Video,” and “Best African Act in the Diaspora,” is tied for third place in terms of nominations.

The Egyptian rapper and record producer Wegz rounds out the top three nominees for artists with five nominations in the categories of “Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa,” “Song of the Year,” “Producer of the Year,” “Artiste of the Year,” and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Contemporary.”

Other artists with four nominations include Burna Boy from Nigeria in the categories of “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa,” “Song of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” and “Artiste of the Year,” Fireboy from Ghana in the categories of “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa,” “Song of the Year,” “Artiste of the Year,” and “Best African Collaboration,” and Kizz Daniel from Nigeria in the categories of “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa,” “Song of the Year,””Best African Collaboration,” “Artiste of the Year,” and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop.” Tiwa Savage won “Best Female Artiste in Western Africa,”Artiste of the Year,” “Best African Collaboration,” and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African RnB/Soul.” Kizz Daniel won “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa,” “Song of the Year,” “Artiste of the Year,” “Best African Collaboration,” and “Best Artiste”.

Other notable African artists who have received four nominations include Marwan Moussa (Egypt) in the categories of “Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa,” “Best African Rapper/Lyricist,” “Breakout Artiste of the Year,” and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop,” Nomfundo Moh (South Africa), and Zakes Bantwini (South Africa) in the categories of “Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa,” “Best African DJ”.

It’s interesting to note that artists who were recognized in the “Most Promising” category last year and whose current nominations show significant growth in their respective artistic fields include Ckay (Nigeria) in the categories of “Producer of the Year,” “Artiste of the Year,” and “Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African Pop”; Ruger (Nigeria) in the category of “Best Artiste in African Reggae, Ragga, and Dancehall”.

The vast breadth of music from across the continent that we reviewed at the AFRIMA adjudication, for this year’s awards, is mind-blowing, said Adam Tiran, a member of the AFRIMA jury from the Southern African Region. Seeing so many African superstars on the list, along with other rising talents who have had an incredible year, and, ultimately, a ton of brand-new musical discoveries, is incredibly energizing. The continent’s future is promising!.

On Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 12:00 CAT, the public voting platform for the 2022 AFRIMA edition will go online. Voting is available on the official website for fans of African music on the continent and beyond the world.

Prior to the AFRIMA main awards ceremony on December 10, 2022, voting ends at 12 a.m. (CAT).

Best Male Artist in Central Africa    
Artist Song Country
C4 Pedro Posa Angola
Dadju Ambassadeur DRC
Fally Ipupa Bloqué DRC
Innoss’B Mortel-06 DRC
Gaz Mawete 500 DRC
Matias Damasio Como Antes Angola
Ninho Jefe DRC
Roga Roga & Extra Musica Bokoko DRC
Tayc Dodo Cameroon
Tenor Ft. Innoss’B Mami Wata Cameroon
Best Female Artist in Central Africa    
Asaba Mon Bebe Cameroon
Blanche Bailly Ft. Joeboy Mine Cameroon
Emma’a Encré Gabon
Espoir La Tigresse Abiane Gabon
Pérola Sincera Angola
Shay DA DRC
Vernyuy Tina Ndani Ya Cameroon
Zara Williams Ft. C4 Pedro Posa DRC
Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa    
Addis Legesse Enja Ethiopia
Bien (& Aaron Rimbui) Bald Men Anthem Kenya
Diamond Platnumz Ft. Zuchu Mtasubiri Tanzania
Eddy Kenzo Songa Uganda
Kassmasse Sewasew Ethiopia
King Saha Zakayo Uganda
Marioo Ft. Jovial Mi Amor Tanzania
Mbosso Ft. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze Moyo Tanzania
Nyashinski Ft. Femi One Properly Kenya
Rayvanny Ft. Vjollca Pele Pele Tanzania
Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa    
Betty G Addis Semay Ethiopia
Tanasha Donna Maradonna Kenya
Frida Amani Fala Mimi Tanzania
Hewan Gebrewold Shemuna Ethiopia
C4 Pedro Posa Angola
Dadju Ambassadeur DRC
Fally Ipupa Bloqué DRC
Innoss’B Mortel-06 DRC
Gaz Mawete 500 DRC
Matias Damasio Como Antes Angola
Ninho Jefe DRC
Roga Roga & Extra Musica Bokoko DRC
Tayc Dodo Cameroon
Tenor Ft. Innoss’B Mami Wata Cameroon
Best Female Artist in Central Africa    
Asaba Mon Bebe Cameroon
Blanche Bailly Ft. Joeboy Mine Cameroon
Emma’a Encré Gabon
Espoir La Tigresse Abiane Gabon
Pérola Sincera Angola
Shay DA DRC
Vernyuy Tina Ndani Ya Cameroon
Zara Williams Ft. C4 Pedro Posa DRC
Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa    
Addis Legesse Enja Ethiopia
Bien (& Aaron Rimbui) Bald Men Anthem Kenya
Diamond Platnumz Ft. Zuchu Mtasubiri Tanzania
Eddy Kenzo Songa Uganda
Kassmasse Sewasew Ethiopia
King Saha Zakayo Uganda
Marioo Ft. Jovial Mi Amor Tanzania
Mbosso Ft. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze Moyo Tanzania
Nyashinski Ft. Femi One Properly Kenya
Rayvanny Ft. Vjollca Pele Pele Tanzania
Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa    
Betty G Addis Semay Ethiopia
Tanasha Donna Maradonna Kenya
Frida Amani Fala Mimi Tanzania
Hewan Gebrewold Shemuna Ethiopia
Muthaka Sorry Kenya
Nandy Siwezi Tanzania
Nikita Kering Last Name Kenya
Rosa Ree Watatubu Tanzania
Spice Diana Ft. DJ Seven Tujuoge Uganda
Zuchu Ft. Bontle Smith & Tyler Kitu Tanzania
Best Male Artist in Northern Africa    
Ali Loka Matkhafesh Yamma Egypt
Ahmed Saad Ft. 3enba & Double Zuksh AlMoulouk Egypt
A.L.A 30 Tunisia
DJ Snake Disco Maghreb Algeria
Draganov Chichi Morocco
El Grande Toto Salade Coco Morocco
Marwan Moussa Batal 3alam Egypt
Snor Kasseta Morocco
Soolking Suavemente Algeria
Wegz Albakht Egypt
Best Female Artist in Northern Africa    
Faouzia RIP Love Morocco
Jaylann Oui Oui Morocco
Kenza Morsli Ft. DJ Adel Moustahil Algeria
Lyna Mahyem Mal De Toi Algeria
Manal Makhelaw Magalou Morocco
Marwa Loud & Moha K Ghir Ntiya Morocco
Ruby Namet Nenna Egypt
Rym Stylo Warqa Morocco
Best Male Artist in Southern Africa    
A-Reece Couldn’t Have Said It Better, Pt.3 South Africa
Blxckie feat A-Reece Sneaky South Africa
DJ Tarico Number One X DJ Consequence Ft. Nelson Tivane & Preck) Mozambique
Gemini Major Ooh Lala feat. Ayra Starr Malawi
Focalistic 16 Days No Sleep X Madumane and Mellow & Sleazy feat. DJ Maphorisa South Africa
Ireoluwa Orija
Ireoluwa Orija
Ireoluwa is a graduate of Human Anatomy. He is a writer, poet and a content creator.

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