Nigeria’s singers Davido, Tiwa Savage and Falz won awards at the 5th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA held in Accra, Ghana Saturday night. Davido scooped Africa’s artiste of the year, with his album, FIA. He also won the best male artiste in West Africa. Tiwa Savage won West Africa’s best female artiste and Falz ran away with best African rapper award.
Musicians from across the continent came to the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana’s capital on Saturday to walk the red carpet and celebrate a year of big hits. Betty G from Ethiopia took home Album of the Year, while the Best African DJ went to Afrotronix, who has roots in Chad. Falz took home the award for best African rapper after courting controversy this year when he released, “This is Nigeria,” a cover of the Childish Gambino hit that skewered modern Nigeria.
“Akwaaba,” an infectious collaboration between GuiltyBeatz, Mr Eazi, Patapaa and Pappy Kojo won Song of the Year and Best African Collaboration. Nigeria’s 2Baba won the award for Best African Pop, and Kuami Eugene, a Ghanaian crooner, was named the Most Promising artiste in Africa. AFRIMA has carved out a space as a platform to showcase the innovative and prolific African music industry that has exploded in the past decade.
2Baba won the award for best African pop, Ghana’s Stonebwoy for Best Reggae, and South Africa’s Sibusiso Mashiloane for best jazz. Kuami Eugene, a Ghanaian crooner, was named the “most promising” artist in Africa. AFRIMA has carved out a space as a platform to showcase the innovative and prolific African music industry that has exploded in the past decade.