February 25, 2024
AFRIMA unveils Nominee List for 2022 edition [See Full Nominee List]

AFRIMA unveils Nominee List for 2022 edition (Full Nominee List)

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”.

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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 with the third-highest number 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.”

 

The Nigerian innovators Burna Boy and Fireboy each received four nominations for “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa,” “Song of the Year,” “Artiste of the Year,” “Best African Collaboration,” and “Best Artiste, Duo in African Pop.”

Kizz Daniel received four nominations for “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa,” “Song of the Year,” “Artiste of the Year,” “Best African Collaboration,” and “Best Artiste, Duo in African Pop.” and Tiwa Savage in “Best Female Artiste in Western Africa”; “Artiste of the Year”; “Best African Collaboration”; and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African RnB/Soul”.

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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,”

 

Interesting artists whose current nominations show substantial improvement in their respective artistic fields include Ckay (Nigeria) in the categories of “Producer of the Year” and “Artist of the Year,” who were acknowledged as among the “Most Promising” artists last year. “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop,” Ruger (Nigeria) for “Best Artiste in African Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall,” El Grande Toto (Morocco) for “Best Male Artiste in North Africa,” and “Breakout Artiste of the Year.”

 

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).

AFRIMA unveils Nominee List for 2022 edition (Full Nominee List)

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