Yemi Alade and Zambia’s Cleo nominated at 2016 AFRIMMA Awards

Celebrated Zambian musicians Cleo Ice Queen and Roberto have been nominated at the 2016 AFRIMMA Awards to be held on Saturday 15 October in Texas in the US. 

Cleo, Yemi Alade. Photo: Twitter
Cleo, Yemi Alade. Photo: Twitter

Now in its third edition, the award ceremony will be taking place in the US on 15 October. The stars of the continent will gather in Dallas, Texas to perform and be rewarded for a year of production. As is the case since inception, the categories at AFRIMMA are separated into regions.

Cleo was nominated in the Best Female Southern Africa category; she won this award last year and hopes to win it again this year. Other female artists in the category include South African artists Zonke, Busiswa and Lira. Others are Lizha James from Mozambique, Zimbabwe’s Pah Chihera, Nnunu Ramo Gotsy from Botswana and Chikune from Namibia.

Roberto was nominated in the Best Male Southern Africa category. He will be competing against South African artists AKA, DJ Bongz, Black Coffee, Emtee and Cassper Nyovest. Namibia's The Dogg and Vee Mampeezy from Botswana are also nominees. In a clear dominance of the region, South Africa receives five of the eight spots available in the category. Three South African female singers, including Lira, take up space in the female section, leaving seven spots to be filled by other countries in the region.

For west Africa, Nigeria is represented in the Best Male category by the popstar Wizkid and his rival and soon collaborator Davido. Rapper Olamide also receives a nomination. Ivory Coast’s Serge Beynaud Senegal’s Carlou D and Ghana’s most popular rapper Sarkodie are nominated as well. For female musicians, Tiwa Savage, whose album R.E.D was released last year, will be squaring up against Yemi Alade. Senegal’s Vivian Chidid and Ghana’s Efya join the two Nigerian popstars.

Cleo was nominated at the SA Hip Hop Awards back in 2012 and was second place in the reality show Big Brother (The Chase) in 2013. Her 15 track debut album Geminice was released in 2016. She has since dropped several other hit songs. 

Her countryman Roberto is among the big names in the country’s music industry. His single ‘Mailo’ is still enjoying airplay in the country. He has enjoyed a number of accolades home and overseas, winning Song of The Year category at the Mosi Zambian Music Awards (ZMA) and the Pan African Song of the Year at the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) held in Windhoek.

Nigeria puts up a good showing in the general categories. The west African country receives nominations in the Best DJ, Best Producer, Best Dancer and several other categories. The Best Dancer list sees the UK-based mixed race dancer Roxy Roberts nominated, perhaps because of her work with African artists. Her nationality is uncredited in the list.

The African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) are organised by the titular magazine and is described as the “biggest African music awards in the diaspora”.  The October ceremony is to be hosted and co-hosted by Nigerian comedian Basketmouth and American model and reality television star Cynthia Bailey.

Full list of nominees below:

Best Male West Africa
Wizkid – Nigeria
Bisa Kdei – Ghana
Serge Beynaud – Ivory Coast
Olamide – Nigeria
Flavour – Nigeria
Carlou D – Senegal
Davido – Nigeria
Best Female West Africa 
Tiwa Savage – Nigeria
Yemi Alade – Nigeria
Efya – Ghana
Vivian Chidid – Senegal
Mz Vee – Ghana
Dobet Gnahore – Ivory Coast
Adiouza – Senegal
Almok – Togo
Best Male East Africa
Eddy Kenzo – Uganda
Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania
Jacky Gosee – Ethiopia
Ali Kiba – Tanzania
Jose Chameleon – Uganda
Bebe Cool – Uganda
Sauti Sol – Kenya
Dynamq – South Sudan
Best Female East Africa
Victoria Kimani – Kenya
Vanessa Mdee – Tanzania
Ester Aweke –  Ethiopia
Tsedenia  Gebremarkos (Ethiopia)
Linah (Tanzania)
Knowles Butera – Rwanda
Sheebah Karungi – Uganda
Akothee – Kenya
Best Male Central Africa
Fally Ipupa – Congo
Magasco – Cameroon
Ferre Golla – DRC
C4 Pedro – Angola
Stanley Enow – Cameroon
Kyaku Kadaff – Angola
Franko – Cameroon
Fabregas – Republic of Congo
Best Female Central Africa
Anna Joyce – Angola
Laurette La Perle – Congo
Betty Akna – Equitorial Guinea
Charlotte Dipanda – Cameroon
Chikune – Namibia
Daphne – Cameroon
Rennis – Cameroon
Arielle T – Gabon
Best Male Southern Africa
Aka – South Africa
Black Coffee – South Africa
The Dogg – Namibia
Vee Mampeezy – Botswana
Dj Bongz – South Africa
Emtee – South Africa
Roberto – Zambia
Casper Nyomvest- South Africa
Best Female Southern Africa
Zonke – South Africa
Miss Lira – South Africa
Ice Queen Cleo – Zambia
Lizha James – Mozambique
Pah Chihera – Zimbabwe
Nnunu Ramo Gotsy – Botswana
Busiswa – South Africa
Best Male North Africa
Amr Diab – Egypt
Tamer Hosny – Egypt
Chawki – Morocco
Mohammed Hamaki – Egypt
Douzi – Morocco
Saad Lamjareed – Morocco
Khaled -Algeria
Saber Rebai – Tunisia
Best Female North Africa
Samira Said – Morrocco
Ibtissam Tiskat – Morocco
Angham – Egypt
Sandy – Egypt
Amal Maher – Egypt
Latifa – Tunisia
Amani Swissi – Tunisia
Jannat Mahid – Morocco
Best African Group
Sauti Sol – Kenya
Radio & Weasel – Uganda
Os Moikanos – Angola
Bracket – Nigeria
Mi Casa – South Africa
R2bee’s – Ghana
Bana C4 – Congo
Yamoto Band – Tanzania
Crossing Boundaries With Music Award
C4 Pedro (Angola)
Wizkid  (Nigeria)
Maitre Gims – (Congo)
Tinie Tempah – Nigeria
MHD – Senegal
Ayo Jay – Nigeria
STL – (Kenya)
Rotimi  (Nigeria )
Best Gospel 
Frank Edwards – Nigeria
Uche Agu – Nigeria
Willy Paul – Kenya
SP Koffi Sarpong – Ghana
Icha Kavons – Congo
Ntokozo Mbambo – South Africa
Sinach- Nigeria
Sonnie Badu – Ghana
Best Newcomer
Adekunle Gold – Nigeria
Reekado Banks- Nigeria
Harmonize – Tanzania
Falz – Nigeria
Locko- Cameroon
Nathi – South Africa
Kofi Kinaata – Ghana
Humblesmith – Nigeria
Best Video Director
Justin Campos – South Africa
Godfather – (South Africa)
Clarence Peters – Nigeria
Patrick Elis – Nigeria
Mysta Adrenalyne -Cameroon
Enos Olik – Kenya
Phamous Films – Ghana
Savy Filmz – Uganda
Best DJ Africa
Dj Spinall – Nigeria
Dj Joe MFalme – Kenya
Dj Cndo – South Africa
Dj Neptune – Nigeria
Dj Malvado Jnr – Angola
Dj Shiru – Uganda
Dj D-Ommy – Tanzania
Dj Labastille – Cameroon
Best African DJ USA
Dj Tunes – Nigeria
Dj Amin – Ethiopia
Dozzy Ross – Nigeria
Dj Deemoney – Nigeria
Dj Silent Killa – Carribeans
Dj Akua – Ghana
Dj Fully Focus -Kenya
Dj Rell – Sierra Leone
AFRIMMA Video of The Year
Flavour – Champion (Nigeria)
Emma Nyra ft Patoranking – For My Matter (Remix)
Sauti Sol ft Ali Kiba – Unconditional Bae (Kenya/Tanzania)
Bisa Kdei – Brother Brother (Ghana)
Akothee ft Diamond – My Sweet Love Kenya /Tanzania
Stanley Enow ft Aka and Locko – Bounce (Cameroon/South Africa)
Phyno ft  Olamide   – Fada Fada
Korede Bello ft Tiwa Savage – Romantic ( Nigeria )
Music Producer of The Year
Young John – Nigeria
Masterkraft – Nigeria
Dr Fizol – Uganda
Kaywa – Ghana
Visita – Kenya
Tweezy – South Africa
Tud Thomas – Tanzania
Dj Coublon – Nigeria
Best African Dancer
Kaffy Dancequeen – Nigeria
Ezinne CEO – Nigeria
Brenda Derry – Cameroon
Sherri Silver  – Rwanda
La Petite Zota – Ivory Coast
Eddy Wizzy –  Uganda
Moses Iyobo – Tanzania
Roxy Roberts
Best Rap Act
Phyno – Nigeria
Olamide – Nigeria
Aka – South Africa
Sarkodie – Ghana
Casper Nyovest – South Africa
King Kaka Sungura  – Kenya
Octopizzo – Kenya
Prodigio – Angola
Best Collaboration
Reggea Blues – Harrysong , Kcee , Iyanya, Olamide and Orezi
Finally by MasterKraft , Flavour and Sarkodie
Mr. Eazi ft Efya – Skin Tight – Ghana
Diamond Platnumz ft Aka – Make Me Sing
Wizkid X Dj Maphorisa – Soweto Baby
Kiff No Beat ft Dj Arafat – Approchez Regardez
Lil Kesh ft Patoranking – Is it Because I love You
J Martins  ft Youssour Ndour –  Time is Now
Song of The Year 
Sauti Sol ft Ali Kiba – Unconditional Bae
Franko – Coller La  Petite
Reggea Blues – Kcee, Harrysong, Orezi, Iyanya and Olamide
Bisa Kdei – Mansa
Tekno – Duro
Kiss Daniel – Mama
Phyno ft Olamide – Fada Fada
Diamond Platnumz ft Aka – Make Me Sing
Artist of The Year
Flavour (Nigeria)
Diamond Platnumz ( Tanzania)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Aka (South Africa)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Sauti Sol – Kenya
C4 Pedro – Angola
Dancehall Act of the Year
Timaya – Nigeria
Stonebwoy – Ghana
Buffola Soldier – Zimbabwe
Burna Boy – Nigeria
Mc Norman Ganja -Uganda
Samini – Ghana
Patoranking – Nigeria
Shatta Wale – Ghana
AFRIMMA Caribbean Artist of The Year
Morgan Heritage
Machel Montano
Sean Paul
Busy Signal
Tarrus Riley


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