The African Union Commission and the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards (Afrima) have released the 2021 nominees list.
The list, released September 22, 2021, features over 400 songs from artistes in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories cutting across African talents and creatives living on the continent and in the Diaspora.
According to the organisers, the list was drawn from over 8,880 songs submitted for adjudication.
South Africa’s sensation duo, Blaq Diamond leads the 2021 Afrima nominations scorecard with eight nominations for their song “SummerYoMuthi”.
South Africa’s Focalistic also made it to the top of the list for his hit single “Ke Star” (the remix), featuring Davido and Vigro Deep, with seven nominations.
Nigeria’s Wizkid follows closely with six nominations for his hit song “Essence” featuring Tems.
Other nominees include Aya Nakamura of French-Mali, Stormzy, Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, Koffi Olomide, Iba One of Mali, Oumou Sangare, Mozambique’s DJ Tarico, Burna Boy, Preck, Nelson Tivane, Omah Lay, Davido, Fally Ipupa, MHD, Patoranking, Rayvanny, Gyakie, Bella Shmurda, Nikita Kering, Nata, Abir, Olakira, Calema, Casper Nyovest, DJ Moh Green, Djelykaba Bintou, Ferre Gola, Kamo Mphela, Kelly Khumalo, Loco, Lojay & Sarz, Makhadzi, Nasty C, Tiwa Savage, and Vector amongst others.
A member of the 13-man Afrima International Jury, representing Diaspora (USA) & West Africa (Guinea), Hadja Kobele, said: “We believe we gave Africans and the world the very best nominations and songs in line with the 8,880 songs received under the year in review.”
Afrima in partnership with the African Union Commission will be broadcast live on 84 television stations in 109 countries from Lagos, Nigeria from November 19-21, 2021.Since 2014, Afrima has been regarded as the ultimate recognition of African music globally. – The Nation