The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) are going down on 12th November in Lagos, Nigeria. (Not to be confused with the Africa Muzik Magazine Awards & Music Festival- also acronymed AFRIMA- that were held recently in Texas and emceed by our very own Chipukeezy) A total of 33 award categories are being contested for by more than one hundred artists across the continent.
Ten Kenyan artists have been nominated in as many categories. Voting is ongoing, and it ends on 17th October, mere days from now. The voting process is quite tedious, so I have simplified it for y’all. Simply click the here prompts in every entry below to go directly yo the relevant categories.
[Nyashinski has also been nominated for the MTV EMAs, don’t forget to vote for that too. The link for that has been provided below.]
Sauti Sol has received a nomination in the Best African Collaboration category for their song Love Again ft Angola’s C4 Pedro’s. I get the feeling Kenya is going to have to pull their weight on this one, so click here to submit your vote.
Mura K.E has been nominated Best Artist or Group in African Electro with the song Excuse my Language. You can vote for him here. A point of concern, he is up against the likes of SA’s Mi Casa, so extra effort on this one people!
In the Best Artist or Group in African Hip-Hop category is Octopizzo (of course) with the track TBT. His nomination comes in the company of such heavyweights as French Montana (yep, he of the US of A), and AKA from South Africa. To make this TBT the song a TBT day for namba nane, click here.
Representing the 254 in Best Artist or Group in African Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall is Qritical with his song Malkia. Vote for him by clicking here.
Victoria Kimani recently clinched the Best Female Artist in East Africa in the just concluded Africa Muzik Magazine Awards & Music Festival. For the AFRIMAs, she has been nominated for the Best Artist or Group in African RnB and Soul for her track Giving You alongside Sarkodie. Vote for this high-achieving daughter of Kenya here.
As long as we are talking Victoria Kimani, she is also up for the Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa. Another Kenyan female artist contending for the award is Chess Nthusi with her track Give it to You. Between these two, this is definitely our award to lose. Help bring it home by voting here. A word of warning though, you can only vote for one of the two, so…
Gilad has been nominated for the Best Artiste In African Rock for the song Angel Uriel ft Omer Millo. You can vote to bring that award home here.
Gilad has also been nominated for Best Male Artiste in Inspirational (Angel Uriel ft Omer Millo) alongside Dan Chizi Aceda with the track Look to You ft Etana. You can vote for either one of the two artists here.
Nyashinski has been having quite the run recently, with a nomination for Best African Act in the upcoming MTV European Music Awards (MTV EMAs) which you can help bring home by voting here (do it as many times as possible, the EMAs allow for that). In the AFRIMAs, he has been nominated was for the Fans’ Favourite Category for the song Aminia, which I bet we all love. Vote here. That’s an order.
And finally, a category where Kenyan artists are definitely kicking the butts of other countries, the Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa. We have Qritical with Malkia, Mura KE with Excuse my Language, Idd Aziz with Tabia, and Octopizzo with TBT. You can vote for one of these artists here.
Also in contention for this award is Diamond Platnumz and Ali Kiba of Tz, and Eddy Kenzo Uganda. Now these are big names, so we need a strategy to beat them. I suggest voting for one of these men rather than splitting our votes four ways. Before voting for Best Male in Eastern Africa, take this poll (it’s election time, we all know how that goes, hehe). Winner takes all, I will update the blog with the best of the four as soon as an apparent winner emerges, or latest 24 hrs from the time of going to press.