It was a phenomenal moment for all music lovers across Africa as the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in partnership with African Union Commission, AUC, announced the nominees for the 2015 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) at an international media conference which took place on Friday, August 14,, 2015 at Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

Nominees are contending for the coveted AFRIMA 23.9 karat gold-plated trophy in 33 categories divided into the regional and continental categories and including the AFRIMA Legend Award and music/entertainment journalist of the year award. Well-known sensational African music names on the AFRIMA nominees list include: Amr Dab (Egypt) 1 nomination, Olamide (Nigeria) 2 nominations, Davido (Nigeria) 4 nominations, Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) 4 nominations, Psquare (Nigeria) 3 nominations, Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon) 5 nominations, Sauti Sol (Kenya) 3 nominations, Sakordie (Ghana) 3 nominations, Yemi Alade (Nigeria) 5 nominations and Casper Nyovest (South Africa) 2 nominations. The budding music acts to earn nominations include: Kiss Daniel (Nigeria) 2 nominations; Wiyaala (Ghana) 3 nominations; Patoranking (Nigeria) 1 nomination; Joy Gitau (Kenya) 2 nomination, Ruby Gyang (Nigeria) 2 nominations and THT (Madagascar) 1 nomination, among others.

Ace music video director, Clarence Peters (Nigeria) made it into the the Africa video of the Year category for the video of the song ‘Golibe’ by Flavour and ‘Shekini’ by Psquare alongside other great music video directors like: Enos Olik (Kenya) for ‘Sura Yako’ by Sauti Sol and Stanley Ajjetey (Ghana) for ‘Africa’ by Wiyaala, John Njaga Demps & Unlimited L.A (Senegal & Nigeria) for “Time is now” by J. Martins, featuring Youssou N’dour and Gyo Gyimah (Ghana) for “The One” by Edem featuring Sway.

Jury members and AFRIMA International Committee were present to unveil the nominees after a rigorous six day screening exercise which started on Sunday, August 9 and ended on Friday, August 14. Also present at the conference were media practitioners, artistes’ managers, label owners, artistes and other stakeholders who were all excited and expectant as the nominees were being announced.

Giving insight into the criteria by which the nominees list was reached, AFRIMA juror and BBC Radio 3 presenter, Rita Ray explained that the jury panel adhered strictly to the entry submission requirements while being guided by AFRIMA’s core values of FACE IT –Fairness, Authenticity, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency. she also went further to explain the voting process which is scheduled to begin on the Friday, August 21, 2015 and also said the AFRIMA voting online platform will open for an 11 week voting process, while encouraging the public, fans and followers of African music to visit the AFRIMA website, www.afrima.org, to view the nominees in the 29 (open for public voting) categories of the award and vote for their favourite artiste (s).

Revealing programmes of AFRIMA 2015 event, the President/Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada said:

    “Recipients of the AFRIMA Legendary Award and the Africa Entertainment/Music Journalist Award will be decided by the International Committee of AFRIMA and revealed at the main awards ceremony on Sunday, November 15 while songwriter and producer of the year will be wholly decided by the academy.

    He added that: “The five star awards ceremony will be preceded by the AFRIMA Music Village between November 13 and 14, a two-day festival style outdoor concert of non-stop music, funfair and exhibition from countries in Africa and performances by African artistes. There will also be an African Music Summit on November 13, themed “Reviving the Business of Music in Africa”. The one-day conference will be a platform for the music industry stakeholders to engage and deliberate on how the industry can be nurtured and be a major contributor to national and continental economies.”

     “AFRIMA in partnership with the African Union Commission is aimed at celebrating the rich musical heritage of the African continent. We want to use AFRIMA as a pedestal to explore the power of music as a tool of integration and prosperity in Africa despite the challenges it faces” Mr Dada concluded.

AFRIMA will be held in Nigeria to be broadcast to 84 countries on 109 television stations across the world with the support of its media partners.

    AFRIMA 2015 FINAL NOMINEES LIST

    
CONTINENTAL CATEGORIES

 

    Best Female Artist in Inspirational.

 
ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY
Becky Joe How Great Nigeria

Betty Akna Africa United Equatorial Guinea

Lab’l Ma ve wa Ngan Cameroon

MoniQue Na You Dey Reign. Nigeria

Ogecha Dumimaja Nigeria

 

    Best Male Artist in Inspirational.

 
 
 
ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Darey Pray for Me Nigeria

Difference Hosanna Nigeria

Juliani One Day Kenya

Prince Eyango Merci Seigneur Cameroon

Timi Dakolo Wish Me Well Nigeria

Vumomse Rakata Cameroon

 

    Best Artist in African RnB & Soul.

 
ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Ben Pol Sophia Tanzania

Danny Kalima Dusty City Malawi

Efya Forgetting Me Ghana
Joy Gitau Are You Gonna Love Me? Kenya

Liron Loneliness Kenya

Praiz If I Fall Nigeria

Ruby Gyang Good Man Nigeria

The Soil Susan South Africa

Best Artist in African Contemporary.

ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Brymo 1 Pound Nigeria

Charlotte Dipanda Elle n’a pas Vu Cameroon

Diamond Platnumz Nasema Nawe Tanzania

Linah Ole Themba Tanzania

Makadem Nipe Denda Moja Kenya

Mani Bella Face a Face Cameroon

    Best Artist in African Hip-Hop.

 
ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Cassper Nyovest Ghetto. South Africa

Edem The One (Remix) Ghana

Jovi Big Vulture Cameroon

 
Juliani One Day Kenya

M.anifest Forget Dem Ghana

Stanley Enow King Kong Cameroon

NG Bling Parle a ma Main Gabon

Kiff No Beat Ca Gate Coeur Ivory Coast
 

    Best Artist in African Electro.

ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Blade Deep Perfectly South Africa

Boddhi Satva Mama Kosa DRC
Busiswa Lahla South Africa

Flavour Power to Win Nigeria

Gazza Shuna Namibia & South Africa
 
Best Artist in African Pop.

ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

DJ Arafat Gbobolor Côte d’Ivoire

Don Bigg Ghadi Bellour Morocco
Meezo L Fadly M’Wooppy Morocco

Toofan Orobo Togo

Vanessa Mdee Hawajui Tanzania

Wande coal Baby Hello Nigeria

YCee Condo Nigeria
 

    Best Artist in African Rock.

ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Bebe Cool Love You Everyday Uganda

Dark Suburb I Dey Feel You Die Ghana

Lulu & The Zakaleo Band Thembassa Kenya

M’vula Volume 10 Angola

Prime Circle Doors South Africa

Wiyaala Angle Ghana

 

    Best Artist in African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall

ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Cindy Dat Dat Uganda

Erick Kristal Ile Ife Africa Benin

Nneka My Love, My Love Nigeria

Timaya Sanko Nigeria

Patoranking Daniella Whine Nigeria

Stonebwoy Pull Up (Remix) Ghana

Teddy Afro Korkuma Africa Ethiopia

Best Artist in African Jazz.

ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Abdullah Ibrahim The Song is my Story South Africa

Abel Mulugeta Leb Barbamet Ethiopia

Kunle Ayo Joromi Nigeria

Joel Sebunjo Nakato Uganda

Gabacho Maroconnection Moussaoui Morocco

Gangbe Brass Bana Yoruba Benin

Best Artist in African Traditional.

ARTIST. TRACK COUNTRY

Aziz Sahmaoui Mazal Morocco

Gangbe Brass Band. Yoruba Benin

Irene Namatovu Okuzaala Kujagaana Uganda

Saava Karim Akalulu Uganda

Sekou Kouyate Dela Guinea

Simo Lagnawi Bolami Morocco

Best African Collaboration.

ARTIST
Davido, featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz

TRACK
The Sound

COUNTRY
Nigeria & South Africa

ARTIST
AKA, featuring Burna Boy, Da Les & Jr

TRACK
All Eyes on Me

COUNTRY
South Africa & Nigeria

 ARTIST
Dibi Dobo, featuring Angelique Kidjo

TRACK
Ekomole

COUNTRY
Benin

ARTIST 
J. Martins, featuring Youssou N’dour

TRACK
Time is Now

COUNTRY
Nigeria & Senegal

ARTIST 
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, featuring Salif Keita

TRACK
United We Stand

COUNTRY
South Africa & Mali

 AIRTIST
Waje, Victoria Kimani, Vanessa Mdee, Arielle T,   Gabriela, Yemi Alade, Selmor Mtukudzi, Judith Sephuma, Blessing Nwafor and   Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

TRACK
Strong Girl

COUNTRY
Kenya, Tanzania, Gabon, Mozambique, Nigeria,   Zimbabwe, South Africa

 ARTIST
Sauti Sol, featuring Amos & Josh

TRACK
Nerea

COUNTRY
Kenya

ARTIST
Toofan, featuring DJ Arafat

TRACK
Apero

COUNTRY
Togo & Ivory Coast

ARTIST
VVIP, featuring Idris Elba & Phyno

TRACK
Selfie (Remix)

COUNTRY
Ghana, Nigeria & Sierra Leone

ARTIST
Yemi Alade, featuring Dil

TRACK
Temperature

COUNTRY
Nigeria

 

    Best African Group.

 
ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Dark Suburb Jump Off a Cliff Ghana

Featurist Babaah Cameroon

P-Square Shekini Nigeria

Sauti Sol Sura Yako Kenya

The Soil Susan South Africa

VVIP Skolom Ghana
 
 
Most Promising Artist in Africa.

 

ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

 Aramide Iwo Nikan Nigeria

Ben Pol Sophia Tanzania

H_Art the Band Uliza Kiatu Kenya

Joy Gitau Are You Gonna Love Me? Kenya

Kiss Daniel Woju Nigeria

Liron Loneliness Kenya

Lulu & The Zakaleo Band Thembassa Kenya

Video of the Year in Africa.

 VIDEO
Africa

VIDEO DIRECTOR   (ARTIST)
Stanley Ajjetey (Wiyaala)

COUNTRY
Ghana

 VIDEO
Time is Now

VIDEO DIRECTOR   (ARTIST)
John Njaga Demps & Unlimited L.A (J. Martins,   featuring Youssou N’dour)

COUNTRY
Nigeria & Senegal

 
VIDEO
Sura Yako

VIDEO DIRECTOR   (ARTIST)
Enos Olik (Sauti Sol)

COUNTRY
Kenya

 
VIDEO
Golibe

VIDEO DIRECTOR   (ARTIST)
Clarence Peters (Flavour)

COUNTRY
Nigeria

 VIDEO
The One

VIDEO DIRECTOR   (ARTIST)
Edem Ft. Sway (Gyo Gyimah)

COUNTRY
Ghana

VIDEO
Shekini

VIDEO DIRECTOR   (ARTIST)
Clarence Peters (P-Square)

COUNTRY
Nigeria

 

    Revelation of the Year in Africa.

 
ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Adekunle Gold Sade Nigeria

Amantle Moratiwa Botswana

 
Daphne Gunshot Cameroon

H_Art the Band Uliza Kiatu Kenya

Kiss Daniel Woju Nigeria

THT Week end. Madagascar

 

    Album of the Year in Africa

ALBUM ARTIST COUNTRY

Ayo (Joy) Wizkid Nigeria

Double Trouble P-Square Nigeria

Elle n’a pas vu Charlotte Dipanda Cameroon

Face a Face Mani Bella Cameroon

King of Queens Yemi Alade Nigeria

Silt Alsarah & The Nubatones Sudan

Tabula Rasa Brymo Nigeria

Thankful Flavour Nigeria

The Lioness Wiyaala Ghana

    Song of the Year in Africa

TRACK ARTIST COUNTRY

Adonai (Remix)Sarkodie, featuring Castro
Ghana

Elle n’a pas vu Charlotte Dipanda Cameroon

Fans Mi Davido featuring Meek Mill Nigeria

Kissing Yemi Alade Nigeria

Mwana Alikiba Tanzania

Nasema Nawe Diamond Platnumz, featuring Khadija Kopa Tanzania

Ojuelegba Wizkid Nigeria

Shekini P-Square. Nigeria

Sura Yako Sauti Sol Kenya

Wale Wale Dr. Jose Chameleone Uganda

 

    Artist of the Year in Africa

 
ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Alikiba Mwana Tanzania

Charlotte Dipanda Elle n’a pas vu Cameroon

Davido Fans Mi Nigeria

Diamond Platnumz Nasema Nawe Tanzania

Flavour Golibe Nigeria

Dr. Jose Chameleone Wale Wale Uganda

Olamide Shakiti Bobo Nigeria

Sarkodie Adonai (Remix) Ghana

Wizkid Ojuelegba Nigeria

Yemi Alade Kissing Nigeria

    REGIONAL CATEGORIES

 

    Best Male Artist in Central Africa.

ARTIST. TRACK COUNTRY

Awilo Longomba Bundelele DRC

Herleo Muntu Muabilayi DRC

Junior Eyango Belle Mere Cameroon

Locko Margo Cameroon

Numerica Kossa Moi Ça Cameroon

Stanley Enow King Kong Cameroon
 

    Best Female Artist in Central Africa.

ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Betty Akna Africa United Equatorial Guinea

Charlotte Dipanda Elle n’a pas Vu Cameroon

Laurette La Perle Twist DRC

Mani Bella Face a Face Cameroon

Missy BK Ndolo Cameroon

    Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa.

ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Alikiba Mwana Tanzania

Diamond Platnumz Nasema Nawe Tanzania

Dr. Jose Chameleone Wale Wale Uganda

Jaguar One Centimetre Kenya

Kidum Ihorere Burundi

Teddy Afro Korkuma Africa Ethiopia

 

    Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa.

 
ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Alsarah Habibi Taal Sudan

Helen Berhe Gumema Bet Ethiopia

Lilian Mbabazi Simple Girl Uganda

Linah Ole Themba Tanzania

Suzanna Owiyo Wamiel Kenya

Tsedenia Yet Biye Ethiopia

    Best Male Artist in Northern Africa.

ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Ahmed Soultan This is Who I Am Morocco

Amr Diab Gamalo Egypt

Aziz Sahmaoui Mazal Morocco
Don Big Ghadi Bellour Morocco

Monsif Jilali Bki Ya L’ayne Morocco

Simo Lagnawi Bolami Morocco

 

    Best Female Artist in Northern Africa.

 
ARTIST TRACK COUNTRY

Cheba Sabrine Oublie Moi Algeria

Jannat Agbany Shakhsito Morocco

Manal #Denia Morocco

Samira Said Mazloom. Morocco

Souad Massi. El Boulbouli. Algeria

 
 

    Best Female Artist in Southern Africa.

 
 
 
ARTIST

TRACK

COUNTRY

 
Anna Joyce

Ja Nao Combina

Angola

 
Bucie

Shela

South Africa

 
Busiswa

Lahla

South Africa

 
Celma Ribas

Fato

Angola

 
Cindy Munyavi

Kutsvaga Mari

Zimbabwe

 
Kelly Khumalo

Asine

South Africa

 
 

 
 

 
Best Male Artist in Southern Africa.

 
 
 
ARTIST

TRACK

COUNTRY

 
Beatenberg

Beauty Like a Tightened Bow

South Africa

 
Cassper Nyovest

Ghetto

South Africa

 
DJ Malvado

Toca Ninguém se Mexe

Angola

 
Djeff Afrozila

Ser Kazukuta

Angola

 
Jeremy Loops

Down South

South Africa

 
KO

Son of a Gun

South Africa

 
 

 
 

 
Best Male Artist in Western Africa.

 
 
 
ARTIST

TRACK

COUNTRY

 
Brymo

1 Pound

Nigeria

 
Davido

Fans Mi

Nigeria

 
Flavour

Golibe

Nigeria

 
Olamide

Shakiti Bobo

Nigeria

 
Sarkodie

Adonai (Remix)

Ghana

 
Wizkid

Ojuelegba

Nigeria

 
 

 
 

 
Best Female Artist in Western Africa.

 
 
 
ARTIST

TRACK

COUNTRY

 
Efya

Forgetting Me

Ghana

 
Niyola

Last Bus Stop

Nigeria

 
Ruby Gyang

Good Man

Nigeria

 
Seyi Shay

Jangilova

Nigeria

 
Wiyaala

Africa

Ghana

 
Yemi Alade

Kissing

Nigeria