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AFRIMA unveils 2017 nominees (SEE Regional Categories)

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…Public voting to commence on August 21

Finally,  the 13-man Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, on Tuesday, unveiled the nominees list for the 2017 edition.

The event which held at the Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, had officials of the African Union Commission, past AFRIMA winners and nominees  in attendance.

The Best Female Artistes and Best Male Artistes of the five regions have been released while the nominees in the continental categories will be announced on Friday, August 11, 2017.

The highly anticipated Nominees List for the 2017 AFRIMA Awards which has the biggest acts on the continent was announced in the presence of officials of the African Union Commission, members of the AFRIMA Jury comprising of Charles Tabu (DRC), Robert E. Ekukole (Cameroun).  Christian Syren (South Africa), David Tayorault (cote de voire), Olisa Adibua (Nigeria), Joett Namatta (Tanzania), Tabu Osusa (kenya) Hadja Kobélé Keita (Guinea) and Omar Es Saidi (morocco) , members of the International Committee of AFRIMA, past AFRIMA winners and nominees, media executives and other stakeholders in the creative and entertainment industries in Africa.

Ms Angela Martins, Head, Culture Division, African Union Commission, AUC, noted that the adjudication process was a comprehensive and superb work of the jurors.

She said: “This robust submission this year clearly shows the appreciation and recognition of the music awards.’’

Martins noted that the AUC is geared towards investing in the youth by involving them in the African Union’s 2063 Agenda, which intends to make the youth evolve a desire and expertise in the needed developmental facets of Africa in all areas. She also reiterated the AU and AFRIMA’s objectives of unity among African artistes and the need for continental integration while celebrating its rich music and heritage.

Public voting for the nominees in the different categories of the awards is expected to open on August 21, 2017 on

L-R: Representative of African Union (AU), Anjela Marthins; President/Producer, African Music Award (AFRIMA), Mike Dada; Jurists from South Africa, Chris Syren; Hadaja Kobele from Cameron and Bob Ekukole from Cote De’IvoIre, during a world media briefing to announced the 2017 nominees for African Music Awards, in Lagos…..Tuesday 08-08-2017

Lineup of events for AFRIMA 2017 such as Music Village and the AFRIMA Music Business Summit are slated for November 10-12, 2017 and will be broadcast across 84 countries around the world.

Category Artiste Track Country
Best Female Artiste, Central Africa
Montess Love Witta Gun Man Cameroon
Reniss Mamamuh Cameroon
Ewube Fall 4 You Cameroon,
Nsoki Africa Unite (ft DJ Maphorisa & Paulo Alves ) Angola
Daphne Calee Cameroon
Merveille Toi Cameroon
Bussune All Africa Party Gabon
Best Male Artiste, Central Africa
Maitre Gims Tout Donner DRC
Hiro Ton Pied, Mon Pied (ft Chidinma), DRC
Big Nelo O Legado De Lenda Angola
Locko Supporter (ft Mr Leo) Cameroon
Fally Pupa Eleko Oyo DRC
Jovie Ou Meme Cameroon
Anselmo Ralph Casas Comigo Angola
Ke Black Bazardee  DRC
Best Female Artiste, Eastern Africa
Julianna Kanyomozi  I Am Still Here Uganda
Chess Nthussi  Give it to You Kenya
Victoria Kimani Giving You (ft Sakordie) Kenya
Lady Jaydee Sawa Na Wao Tanzania
Venesa Mdee Cash Madam Tanzania
Wayna Wondersonn You are not Alone Ethiopia
Nandy One Day Tanzania
Best Male Artiste, Eastern Africa
Diamond Platnumz Eneka Tanzania
Sinishaw Legesse Selam Ethiopia Ethiopia
Qritiqual  Malika Kenya
Kibrom Birhane Eskista (ft Nassmbu Barasa) Ethiopia
Henok Mehari Brothers Firkir Yishala Ethiopia
Alikiba Aje (ft M.I) Tanzania
Octopizzo TBT  Kenya
Mura K.E  Excuse My Language Kenya
Best Female Artiste, Southern Africa
Sally Boss Madam Bimbim (ft Busiwa) Namibia
Babes Wodumo Family(ft Mampintsha & Caspa Nyovest) South Africa
Busiwa Ingqond South Africa
Lebo Sekgoela Lion of Judah South Africa
Amanda Black Amazulu South Africa
Ru Down Zimbabwe
Thandiswa Nontosokolo South Africa
Best Male Artiste, Southern Africa
Hugh Masekela Shango South Africa
AKA The World is Yours South Africa
Nasty C Down South (ft Shay Shay & Ma-E) South Africa
Tay Grin Tola (ft Vanessa Mdee) Malawi
Emtee We up  South Africa
Jah Prayzah Wotora Mari (ft Diamond Platnumz) Zimbabwe
Ndoduzo Makhathini Igagu South Africa
Best Female Artiste, Northern Africa
Ibitssam Tiskat Menak Wla Meni Morrocco
Zaho  Tant De Choses Algeria
Asmaa Lmnawar 3ndou Zine Morocco
Sherine Koul Maghani Egypt
Zina Daoudia Sayidati Morroco
Cheba Maria Kheltini Ajgeria
Best Male Artiste, Northern Africa 
Fnaire Ngol Mali Morocco
French Montana Unforgettable Morroco
Balti Wela La Tunisia
Tasmer Hosny Ya Maley 3eny Egypt
L’algerino  Les Monetess Algeria
Saad Lmjarred Ghaltana  Morocco
Lacrim Collonel Carillo Algeria
L’algerino Les Monetess Algeria
Best Female Artiste, Western Africa
Oumou Sangare Yare Faga (ft Toni Allen) Mali
Aramide Why so Serious Nigeria
Viviane Chidid Lon Kelen Senegal
Yemi Alade Tumbum Nigeria
Seyi Shay Yolo Yolo Nigeria
Tiwa Savage All Over Nigeria
Becca  Na Wash (ft Patoranking) Ghana


Noctambule (ft Shadow Christ)  Benin
Best Male Artiste, Western Africa
Runtown  Mad Over You Nigeria
Mr Eazi Leg Over Nigeria
MHD La Puissance Guinea
Ycee  Juice (ft Maleek Berry) Nigeria
Davido  Fall Nigeria
Sarkodie Pain Killer Ghana
Wizkid Come Closer (ft Drake) Nigeria
DJ Arafat Agbangnan Cote D’IVoire
Teckno Rara Nigeria

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