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New faces dominate list of Kenyan nominees for Afrimma Awards

By Sylvania Ambani September 24th, 2022 2 min read

Africa Music Magazine Awards, better known as Afrimma Awards has released the list of artistes nominated for this year’s awards with several new faces from Kenya.

Under the Best African act in Diaspora (female) category singer Bey T is featured for her song titled Unanicheza which she collaborated with South African singer Boohle.

Another new face is Bridget Blue who has three nominations, including Best artiste, duo, or group in African RnB and Soul for her song titled Goodbye and Songwriter of the year for the song Woman. She has also been nominated for Best female artiste in Africa inspirational music for the song Woman. In the latter category she will be battling with Janet Otieno.

Mordecai of H_art the Band has also been nominated under the Songwriter of the year category for the song Reasons by Wanavokali featuring H_art the Band. In the Best male artiste in Africa inspirational music category, Kenya will also be represented by Noel Nderitu.

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Femi One and King Kaka have also made the list under the Best artiste, duo or group in African reggae, ragga, dancehall category.

The list of nominees was unveiled globally, revealing a total of 382 nominations across all 39 categories. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite artistes via the voting portal which will be open from September 25, at 21:00 (CAT).

According to Afrimma’s Executive Producer and President, Mr Mike Dada, the awards body remains the ultimate recognition of African music globally, also serving as a muse to other award bodies across the continent.

“We are not oblivious to the fact that there are some other award bodies that copy our nominations every year. As the ultimate recognition of African music, globally, we are a source of inspiration to both music gatekeepers and music lovers across the entire industry. AFRIMA continues to blaze the trail in celebrating African talent and developing our creative ecosystem, and this year’s edition is a step further in that direction,” he said.

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On her part, the African Union Commission’s Head of Culture, Mrs Angela Martins encouraged music lovers to vote decisively and objectively.

“We have done our part. It is left to you the fans to now decide your winners. Remember that these categories are highly competitive and are based on merit. Let your votes help the best person(s) emerge as champion,” Mrs Martins said.

The award ceremony will take place from the December 8 to 11. A special announcement will be made on the host country and location for the awards, by the end of September.

The Afrimma Award ceremony will feature a four-day fiesta of music, glitz, and glamour aimed at celebrating Africa, recognizing talents, and expanding the economic frontiers of the culture and creative industry on the continent.

In 2020 the awards were held virtually due to Covid-19 pandemic that resulted in many activities and events being cancelled or taken online.

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