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Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Other West Africans Lead AFRIMA 2019 Nominations

The final list of the All African Music Awards (AFRIMA) has been released.

The final list of the All African Music Awards (AFRIMA) has been released.

As usual, west Africa led the 2019 nominations with 38 percent, with Nigerian artistes like Davido, Wizkid Burna Boy nominated for various awards.

AFRIMA’s call for entry, which opened on May 15, exceeded the 2018 submissions by 148 entries.

Of the 8,157 entries submitted in 2019, Western Africa led the pack with 38 percent of the total entries followed by Southern Africa with 24 percent.

Eastern Africa has 20 percent, Central Africa snagged 20 percent and Northern Africa got 4 percent.

The 13-man International Jury of AFRIMA reviewed the entries from Aug. 7, 2019, to Aug. 14.

Delani Makhalima, AFRIMA judge

They screened, assessed, graded and selected nominees into the 36 different Regional and Continental awarding categories of AFRIMA.

Speaking on the release of the final Nominees’ List, Mr Delani Makhalima, a member of the International Jury of AFRIMA representing Southern Africa, said the entries were impressive.

He 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.

“All regions on the African continent continue to surprise us by what we see and hear.

“It is encouraging to also see how the music lovers and fans are growing in record numbers to support the music.

“We are enthusiastic to see this wave of appreciation transcend across the border and overseas.

“We would like to encourage more musicians, songwriters, and producers to keep submitting and spreading the word of AFRIMA.

“This is so that we can celebrate together the progress and pinnacles of where African music is reaching”, he added.

The 2019 main awards event scheduled for Nov. 20 to Nov. 23 will span four days, packed with activities which include the Welcome Soiree and Music Business Summit (AMBS).



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