Views on The AFRIMMA Nominations List

African Muzic Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) are set to go down in Lagos and what’s looking good is the number of nominations from the 254.

Here goes:

Best Male East Africa

Sauti Sol

The group has really put in work. After the release of their album Live and Die in Afrika, they went on a tour throughout the country to promote it and even extended their goodness to other countries in East Africa and are currently on tour in Uganda.

Their category is pretty tight since they are up against Diamond Platnumz who took home the most wins including Best Male East Africa and Artist of The Year at the AFRIMMAs last year. Other nominees are Ali Kiba, Jose Chameleone, Eddy Kenzo, Bebe Cool amongst others.

Best African Group

Sauti Sol

The group is up against acts such as Radio and Weasel, Mi Casa, Bracket, Yamoto band and more.

Best Female East Africa

Victoria Kimani, Akothee

While it may be surprising to see Akothee make it onto the list, think about it… This year she’s had enough tracks out with nice videos. She may not be everyone’s cup of coffee but fact is, she’s really talked about in circles in Kenya and Africa to a certain extent.

Victoria Kimani? Well, she’s gearing up to the release of her debut album and has quite a few chart toppers under her belt.

The two Kenyan ladies are up against quite the talented lot of female artists including Vanessa Mdee who took the award home last year.

Crossing Boundaries with Music Award

STL

Who doesn’t know STL’s story? A girl from Kenya wanted to do music and leaving home to go to a foreign land (Norway) wasn’t going to stop her.

STL has mastered the local language so well that she’s even released music in Norwegian. She has done well for herslef, even being the only artist to open for Trey Songz at a music festival.

Despite that, she stays true to her roots and has released tracks in Kikuyu as well. Besides, how else would you know her last name is Mwangi?

In this category, Wizkid also bagged a nomination for obvious reasons.

Best Video Director

Enos Olik

Every video worth a second view from one person or on international TV stations such as MTV, Trace or BET Enos has waved his magic wand over. It has taken him years to perfect the skill, starting from taking photos of celebrities for free to being one of the highest paid directors in the country.

Olik is up against the likes of Clarence Peters and Godfather.

Best DJ Africa

DJ Joe Mfalme

DJ Joe knows how to rock a crowd and he has won a couple awards just to show how good he is on the decks. His favorite genres are Ragga, Dancehall, Crunk and Ol’Skul Hip Hop which means when he’s on the decks, he’s got something for everyone.

Other DJs in this category include DJ Neptune and DJ Spinall.

Best Gospel

Willy Paul

I have so many things to say about this but that’s a story for another day. Seems the scandals that have surrounded his career haven’t taken light away from the work he’s put in.

He’s up against acts such as Uche Agu from Nigeria.

Best African DJ USA

DJ Fully Focus

I’ve only attended one gig that Fully Focus was mixing at, Jameson Live featuring 2 Chainz, but from the crowd reaction and from the way his music made me feel, Fully Focus can spin an entire night and not bore people. He knows exactly what to play and when.

Up until a few hours ago, I actually didn’t know he’s Kenyan. Well, you live and you learn huh?

AFRIMMA Video of the Year

Sauti Sol ft Ali Kiba- Unconditional Bae

They released two videos in one and had the internet streets going crazy with both admiration and harsh criticism. Four months later and close to three million views, I still feel that they didn’t disappoint. From the video, all they were doing was having plenty fun and adding another chart topper to their already impressive list. Having Ali Kiba, one of the most influential and popular artists in Tanzania, assist with the vocals wasn’t a bad move either.

Akothee ft Diamond- My Sweet Love

Say what you what about this record but Akothee made a good move in involving Diamond and Godfather, who directed the video. Godfather’s work speaks for itself and we all know Diamond is one influential artist in… should I say Africa?

Other nominees are Romantic (Korede Bello feat Tiwa Savage), Champion (Flavour) and more.

Music Producer of the Year

Most of the bangers that you hear in the club courtesy of Grandpa Records have passed in the hands of Visita and they’re quite plenty. Just think about how many times you’ve heard “Na inatoka Grandpa” on a record… I’ll wait.

Visita goes up against Masterkraft (who produced All The Way by Victoria Kimani featuring Khuli Chana) and more.

Best Rap Act

Octopizzo, Kaka Sungura

Both representing for Hip Hop in different ways, Octopizzo being a punchline king and King Kaka being a story teller and poet, they both came up at about the same time and have shown growth in their art and consistency so it’s no surprise that they both got the nomination.

They go up against heavyweights such as South African rappers AKA and Cassper Nyovest, Sarkodie (Ghana), Phyno and Olamide (Nigeria) and Prodigio (Angola).

Song of the Year

Sauti Sol ft Ali Kiba – Unconditional Bae

Artiste of the Year

Sauti Sol

Every artist nominated in this category has made waves with their music. Besides Sauti Sol, there’s Tiwa Savage who recently signed a deal with Jay Z, Wizkid who was recently on tour with Chris Brown and has a killa tune called Shabba that features French Montana, Chris Brown and Trey Songz, Sarkodie who made history by becoming the first African artist to fill up the O2 Arena, AKA who has gone over and beyond, representing (South) African Hip Hop on a large scale, Diamond Platnumz who is by far one of the most influential artists (if not the most) in Tanzania judging by his body of work and popularity, Flavour who has been consistent with the hits this year featuring and releasing a number of chart toppers and C4 Pedro from Angola.

For the full nominees list, check out the AFRIMMA site here.

Lover of Hip Hop, content creator and presenter at Homeboyz Radio, blogger, host of Industry Nite red carpet interviews, podcaster (RK Podcast with Kevin Grands) freelance writer for KenyanVibe.