Nyashinski, Diamond, Bien, Nikita Kering nominated in 2022 AFRIMA awards [Full List]

Tanasha Donna, Nyashinski, Bey T are also among the artists nominated from Kenya

Nyashinski, Diamond, Bien, Nikita Kering nominated in 2022 AFRIMA awards

The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has released the list nominees for its 2022 edition of the annual awards showcase.

This year’s edition has seen the highest number of entries hitting a total 9,067 entries having been submitted between August 20, 2021 to August 5, 2022 and considered for nomination.

The West African region dominated the nominations list leading the five African regions which have different artists nominated in different categories. Also featured are diaspora-based artists who according to AFRIMA contribute greatly to the growth of African music in the global market.

From Kenya, major acts nominated for different categories include Wanavokali (Best African band) Martin Obudho and Muthaka (Songwriter of the year), Nyashinski (Best artist in African hip hop) and Nikita Kering (Best Female artist in East Africa).

Here is the full list of nominees:-

Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa

  1. Addis Legesse - Ethiopia
  2. Bien -Kenya
  3. Diamond Platnumz - Tanzania
  4. Eddy Kenzo - Uganda
  5. Kassmasse - Ethiopia
  6. King Saha - Uganda
  7. Marioo - Tanzania
  8. Mbosso - Tanzania
  9. Nyashinski - Kenya
  10. Rayvanny – Tanzania

Best Female artist in East Africa

  1. Betty G - Ethiopia
  2. Tanasha Donna - Kenya
  3. Frida Amani - Tanzania
  4. Hewan Gebrewold - Ethiopia
  5. Muthaka - Kenya
  6. Nandy  - Tanzania
  7. Nikita Kering - Kenya
  8. Rosa Ree - Tanzania
  9. Spice Diana – Uganda
  10. Zuchu - Tanzania.

Album of the Year

  1. Brymo - Nigeria
  2. Burna Boy - Nigeria
  3. Dadju - DRC
  4. Diamond Platnumz - Tanzania
  5. Didi B - Cote d'Ivoire
  6. Kabza De Small - South Africa
  7. Nomfundo Moh - South Africa
  8. Oumou Sangare - Mali
  9. Soolking - Algeria
  10. Rema – Nigeria

Artiste of the Year

  1. Burna Boy - Nigeria
  2. CKay - Nigeria
  3. Dadju - DRC
  4. Diamond Platnumz - Tanzania
  5. Fireboy DML - Nigeria
  6. Kabza De Small - South Africa
  7. Manal - Morroco
  8. Tiwa Savage - Nigeria
  9. Wegz - Egypt
  10. Zakes Batwini - South Africa

Best Africa Act in Diaspora (Male)

  1. Aya Nakamura - Mali
  2. Bey T - Kenya
  3. Darkoo - Nigeria
  4. Faouzia - Morocco
  5. Moha K - Morocco
  6. Nata - Sierra Leone
  7. Rimon - Eritrea
  8. Ronisia - Cape Verde
  9. Shay - DRC
  10. Soraia Ramos - Cape Verde

Best African Band, Duo, Group

  1. Calema - Sao Tome & Principe
  2. Disco Misr - Egypt
  3. Jano Band - Ethiopia
  4. Mafikizolo - South Africa
  5. MAJOR LEAGUE DJz - South Africa
  6. Ridimz  - South Africa
  7. The Cavemen - Nigeria
  8. Toofan - Togo
  9. Umoja Sounds - Happy  Kenya
  10. Wanavokali - Kenya

Songwriter of the year

  1. Bridget Blue - Kenya
  2. Daniel Baron - South Africa
  3. Lloyiso Mandlovandile Gigana - South Africa
  4. Martin Obudho, Muthaka - Kenya
  5. Matias Damasio - Angola
  6. Mordecai 'Dex' Mwini - Kenya
  7. Olawale Olofo'ro - Nigeria
  8. Rokia Kone – Mali
  9. Iba One - Mali
  10. Sidy Diop – Senegal

Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music

  1. Bridget Blue - Kenya
  2. Chaama - Morocco
  3. Diana Hamilton - Ghana
  4. DJ Zinhle - South Africa
  5. Irene Robert - Tanzania
  6. Janet Otieno - Kenya
  7. Makhadzi - South Africa
  8. Manal   - Morocco
  9. TY Bello – Nigeria

Best Male Artiste Africa in Inspirational Music

  1. Davido - Nigeria
  2. Grace Lokwa - DRC
  3. Kassmasse - Ethiopia
  4. KS Bloom - Cote d'Ivoire
  5. Majoos - DRC
  6. Masterkraft - Nigeria
  7. Nathaniel Bassey - Nigeria
  8. Noel Nderitu - Kenya
  9. Samthing Soweto - South Africa
  10. Wave Rhyder - Lesotho      

Best African DJ

  1. DJ Lito - Uganda
  2. DJ P2N - DRC
  3. DJ Snake - Algeria
  4. DJ Tarico - Nigeria
  5. DJ Yessonia - Namibia
  6. DJ Zinhle - South Africa
  7. MAJOR LEAGUE DJz - Ghana
  8. Spinall  Pallazo - Nigeria
  9. Uncle Waffles - South Africa
  10. Zakes Batwini - South Africa

Best Male Artiste in Central Africa

  1. C4 Pedro - Angola
  2. Dadju - DRC
  3. Fally Ipupa - DRC
  4. Innoss'B - DRC
  5. Gaz Mawete - DRC
  6. Matias Damasio - Angola
  7. Ninho - DRC
  8. Roga Roga - DRC
  9. Tayc - Cameroon
  10. Tenor – Cameroon

Best Female Artiste in Central Africa

  1. Asaba - Cameroon
  2. Blanche Bailly - Cameroon
  3. Emma'a - Gabon
  4. Espoir La Tigresse - Gabon
  5. Pérola  - Angola
  6. Shay - DRC
  7. Vernyuy Tina - Cameroon
  8. Zara Williams - DRC      

Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa

  1. Ali Loka - Egypt
  2. Ahmed Saad - Egypt
  3. A.L.A - Tunisia
  4. DJ Snake - Algeria
  5. Dragano - Morocco
  6. El Grande Toto - Morocco
  7. Marwan Moussa - Egypt
  8. Snor - Morocco
  9. Soolking - Algeria
  10. Wegz – Egypt

Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa

  1. Faouzia - Morocco
  2. Jaylann - Morocco
  3. Kenza Morsli - Algeria
  4. Lyna Mahyem - Algeria
  5. Manal - Morocco
  6. Marwa Loud & Moha K - Morocco
  7. Ruby - Egypt
  8. Rym – Morocco

Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa

  1. A-Reece - South Africa
  2. Blxckie - South Africa
  3. DJ Tarico - Mozambique
  4. Gemini Major - Malawi
  5. Focalistic - South Africa
  6. Kabza De Small - South Africa
  7. Musketeers - Namibia
  8. Master KG - South Africa
  9. Winky D - Zimbabwe
  10. Zakes Bantwini - South Africa

Best Female Artiste in Western Africa

  1. Black Sherif - Ghana
  2. Burna Boy - Nigeria
  3. Didi B - Cote d'Ivoire
  4. Fireboy DML - Nigeria
  5. Kizz Daniel - Nigeria
  6. Rema - Nigeria
  7. Serge Beynaud - Cote d'Ivoire
  8. Sidiki Diabate - Mali
  9. Wally B. Seck - Senegal
  10. Wizkid - Nigeria

Best Female Artiste in Western Africa

  1. Asa - Nigeria
  2. Viviane CHIDI - Senegal
  3. Gyakie -Ghana
  4. Josey - Cote d'Ivoire
  5. Manamba Kante - Guinea
  6. Oumou Sangare - Mali
  7. Simi - Nigeria
  8. Soraia Ramos - Cape Verde
  9. Tems - Nigeria
  10. Tiwa Savage – Nigeria

African Fans favourite

  1. Bello Falcao - Cote d'Ivoire
  2. Ch'cco, Mellow, Sleazy - South Africa
  3. Goya Menor & Nektunez - Ghana & Nigeria
  4. Joeboy - Nigeria
  5. Lojay X - Nigeria
  6. Mavins - Nigeria
  7. Oxlade - Nigeria
  8. The Therapist - Serria Leone
  9. Young John - Nigeria
  10. Young Stunna - South Africa

Best Africa Collaboration

  1. Ahmed Saad - Egypt
  2. Calema x Zé Felipe - Sao Tome and Principe/Brazil
  3. Costa Titch feat. C'buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T - South Africa
  4. Davido feat. Focalistic - Nigeria / South Africa
  5. Fireboy feat. Ed Sheeran Peru (Remix) - Nigeria/Great Britain
  6. Kikimoteleba feat. Franglish Tigini (Remix) - Cote d'Ivoire/DRC
  7. Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno Buga - Nigeria 
  8. Marioo feat. Jovial Mi Amour - Tanzania 
  9. Mbosso, Costa Titch, Phantom Steeze Moyo - Tanzania/South Africa
  10. Tiwa Savage feat. Brandy Somebody's Son - Nigeria/USA

Best African Act Diaspora Male

  1. Calema - Sao Tome & Principe
  2. Dadju - DRC
  3. Dafencii - Sudan
  4. DJ Snake – Algeria
  5. Gil Semedo - Cape Verde
  6. Jae5 - Ghana
  7. Ninho - DRC
  8. Soolking - Algeria
  9. Tion Wayne - Nigeria
  10. Ya Levis – DRC

Best African Rapper (Lyricist)

  1. A-Reece - South Africa
  2. Dafencii - Sudan
  3. Didi B - Cote d'Ivoire
  4. Dip Doundou Guiss - Senegal
  5. Marwan Moussa - Egypt
  6. Ladipoe feat. Rema -Nigeria
  7. LAMB (Loose Kaynon, A-Q, MI, Blaqbonez) - Nigeria
  8. Nata - Sierra Leone
  9. Nay Wa Mitego - Tanzania
  10. Youssoupha - Cote d'Ivoire

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography

  1. Ans-T Crazy - Guinea
  2. Costa Titch - South Africa
  3. Eltee Skhillz - Nigeria
  4. Kamo Mphela - South Africa
  5. Portable X Poco - Nigeria
  6. Roga Roga - DRC
  7. Serge Beynaud - Cote d'Ivoire
  8. Simi - Nigeria
  9. Spice Diana - Uganda
  10. Toofan – Togo

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Electro

  1. Asake - Nigeria
  2. Costa Titch - South Africa
  3. Davido - Nigeria
  4. DJ Maphorisa - South Africa
  5. DJ Snake - Algeria
  6. DJ Yessonia - Namibia
  7. Felo Le Tee & Myztro - South Africa
  8. Mbosso - Tanzania
  9. Tresor - DRC
  10. Zakes Bantwini - South Africa

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Pop

  1. Adekunle Gold - Nigeria
  2. Ckay - Nigeria
  3. Kizz Daniel - Nigeria
  4. Kouz1 - Morocco
  5. Matias Damasio - Angola
  6. Pheelz -Nigeria
  7. Ronisia - Cape Verde
  8. Roseline Layo - Cote d'Ivoire
  9. Soraia Ramos - Cape Verde
  10. Tenor – Cameroon

Best Global Act

  1. Anitta (Brazil) - Mon Soleil by Dadju
  2. Brandy (USA) - Somebody's Son by Tiwa Savage
  3. Chris Brown (USA) - Call Me Everyday ft. Wizkid, Monalisa (Remix) by Lojay x Sarz, Nobody Has to Know ft. Davido, Diana by Fireboy DML, Time & Affection by Rema
  4. Drake (Canada) - Fountains ft. Tems, Tresor
  5. Ed Sheeran (Great Britain) - Peru (Remix) by Fireboy DML, For My Hand by Burna Boy
  6. Justin Bieber (Canada) - Essence (Remix) by Wizkid, Attention by Omah Lay
  7. Maluma (Colombia) - Mama Tetema ft. Rayvanny
  8. Popcaan (Jamaica) - Toni-Ann Singh by Burna Boy
  9. Tyga (USA) - Touch It (Remix) by KiDi
  10. Vitaa (France) Prends Ma Main by Maitre Gims & Vitaa

Producer of the year

  1. C4 Pedro - Angola
  2. CKay - Nigeria
  3. Kimambo beats - Tanzania
  4. Nyadjiko & Dadju - DRC
  5. Rahal - Egypt
  6. Reward Beatz - Nigeria
  7. Sdida & Man T - South Africa
  8. Serge Beynaud - Cote d'Ivoire
  9. Shizzi - Nigeria
  10. Stan-E Kibulu & William Grigahcine – Algeria

Breakout Artist of the Year

  1. Asake - Nigeria
  2. Camidoh - Ghana
  3. Costa Titch - South Africa
  4. Daliwonga - South Africa
  5. El Grande Toto - Morroco
  6. Fior 2 Bior - Cote d'Ivoire
  7. Hewan Gebrewold - Ethiopia
  8. Marwan Moussa - Egypt
  9. Nomfundo Moh - South Africa
  10. Pheelz – Nigeria

Best Video

  1. Amine Boumediene - Algeria
  2. Costa Titch - South Africa
  3. DAMMY TWITCH - Nigeria
  4. Director Pink - Nigeria
  5. Elias Belkader - Algeria
  6. Maranta Tegegne - Ethopia
  7. Mateo Da Silva - Cameroon
  8. Napephasha - South Africa
  9. Soolking & Digital Nak - Algeria
  10. TG Omori – Nigeria

Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Contemporary

  1. Adekunle Gold - Nigeria
  2. Alikiba - Tanzania
  3. Brymo - Nigeria
  4. Fadilee - Tanzania
  5. Fally Ipupa - DRC
  6. Fior 2 Bior - Cote d'Ivoire
  7. Roga Roga & Extra Musica - DRC
  8. Sidiki Diabate - Mali
  9. Wally B. Seck - Senegal
  10. Wegz – Egypt

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Rock

  1. Amir Eid - Egypt
  2. Clay - Nigeria
  3. Daniel Baron - South Africa
  4. Franck Biyong - Cameroon
  5. RASH - Kenya
  6. Reën & Refentse Morake - South Africa

The public voting portal for the 2022 AFRIMA edition would be live on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. East African Time. African music lovers within the continent, and around the world, can visit the official website www.afrima.org to vote.

Voting closes at 01.00 (EAT) on December 10, 2022, before the AFRIMA main awards ceremony.

The 2022 AFRIMAs will be held from the 8th to 11th December, 2022 with a special announcement on the host country and location for the awards to be announced on September 30, 2022.

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