The AFRIMMA Awards were held last night, broadcasting live from Dallas Texas.
The prestigious African Muzik Magazine Awards featured some key performances including Ugandan star Eddy Kenzo, Kenya’s very own Akothee and 2020 break-out star Master KG.The event was held virtually, due to travel restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus.
According to Mdundo, Nandy has emerged as the Best Female Musician in East Africa during the 2020 AFRIMMA virtual awards. Nandy was nominated alongside other musicians like Zuchu, Maua Sama, and Kenya’s Tanasha Donna.
While acknowledging the award, Nandy noted that the win was dedicated to fans who had voted for her.
On the other hand, Wasafi’s Zuchu emerged as the best new act in the continent. She noted that it was a big honor to grab the win just seven months in the music industry.
“Miezi 7 nyuma kabla ya kutoka nilikua najiongelesha kwenye vioo na spichi za ushindi wa tuzo. Imagine leo sio tena ndoto from fake mirror speeches to a real award speech Alhamdulillah. Asanteni sana East Africa mapokezi yenu ndo yameleta hii tuzo nawapenda sanaa ,” Zuchu posted on Instagram.
Elsewhere, WCB boss Diamond Platnumz was voted as the Best Male Musician in E. Africa.
Unfortunately, Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones and crooner Otile Brown lost out to in the ‘Best Male’ East Africa category and so did Sauti Sol who were nominated for the ‘Best African Group’ category in the 7th edition of continental awards. Sauti Sol’s track ‘Suzanna’ was also nominated for the ‘Song of the Yeat 2020’ award.
Kenya’s DJ Fully Focus was the only Kenyan to win, taking the award for ‘Best African DJ USA.’ Two other Kenyan deejays namely DJ Poison Ivy and DJ Shinski were nominated alongside him for the award.
Here is the full list of AFRIMMA 2020 winners:
BEST MALE WEST AFRICA – Rema (Nigeria)
BEST FEMALE WEST AFRICA – Simi (Nigeria)
BEST MALE EAST AFRICA – Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
BEST FEMALE EAST AFRICA – Nandy (Tanzania)
BEST MALE CENTRAL AFRICA – Fally Ipupa (DRC)
BEST FEMALE CENTRAL AFRICA – Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)
BEST MALE SOUTHERN AFRICA – Master KG (South Africa)
BEST FEMALE SOUTHERN AFRICA – Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
BEST AFRICAN GROUP – Umu Ibiligbo (Nigeria)
CROSSING BOUNDARIES WITH MUSIC AWARD – Burna Boy (Nigeria)
BEST NEW ACT– Zuchu (Tanzania)
ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Master KG (South Africa)
BEST GOSPEL ARTIST – Mercy Chinwo (Nigeria)
BEST LIVE ACT – Flavour (Nigeria)
BEST MALE RAP ACT – Nasty C (South Africa)
BEST FEMALE RAP ACT – Eno Barony (Ghana)
BEST COLLABORATION – Master KG ft Nomcebo Zikode & Burna Boy Jerusalema Remix
SONG OF THE YEAR – Master KG ft Nomcebo Zikode – Jerusalema
BEST VIDEO DIRECTOR – TG Omori (Nigeria)
BEST DJ AFRICA – Cuppy (Nigeria)
BEST AFRICAN DJ USA – Fully Focus (Kenya)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Gaz Mawete ft Fally Ipupa – C’est Rate
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Kabza De Small (South Africa)
BEST AFRICAN DANCER – Poco Lee (Nigeria)
BEST LUSOPHONE – Calema (Cape Verde)
BEST FRANCOPHONE – Fally Ipupa (DRC)
BEST RADIO/TV PERSONALITY – James Onen (Uganda)