By: PAULINE ONGAJI
If winning multiple awards All African Music Awards (AFRIMA), held on Sunday in Lagos, Nigeria is an indication of might, then East Africa may very well be the the new music giants in Africa, taking over Nigeria.
Last year, Nigeria was the biggest winner where they bagged the biggest percentage of the chunk with a total of 13 awards. Things were quite the opposite of last year’s where Nigeria dominated all the major awards including the best artiste of the year, best group of the year and best song of the year award, this time round the west African music
powerhouse was in for a rude shock where its artistes failed to bag all these three categories, as East African musicians shone all the way to the podium.
The biggest winner of the night was Tanzanian star, Diamond Platinumz who clinched three awards including Best East African male artiste of the year, song of the year and the overall coveted artiste of the year, beating the likes of Nigerian musicians, Flavour, Olamide, Wizkid and Yemi Alade.
Perhaps Nigeria’s celebrated musician Davido was the most disappointed of all them all, as he lost both the artiste of the year and song of the year award to the Tanzanian star.
On the other hand, Kenya’s rising stars, Sauti Sol took home the group of the year award, dethroning last year’s winner P Square, who were also nominated this year in the same category.
Kenyans also shone taking home the Producer of the Year award, courtesy of Cedric Kadenyi, while Angolan rap metal band, M’vula, scooped the award for Best Artiste in African Rock.
The event was held at Eko Hotel, in Lagos and it was broadcast in 84 countries through 109 television stations. In partnership with the African Union Commission, AFRIMA hopes to recognise, award, promote and preserve Africa’s rich music culture.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION