It looks like East Africa is taking the fight to the Nigerians as we dominated the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) held in Lagos Nigeria on Sunday night.
Homeboy Jose Chameleone bagged the Best Songwriter nod for his Wale Wale but it was our “muko” aka “Ba wa Zari” Diamond Platnumz who was the biggest winner of the night with three gongs including the coveted Artiste Of The Year accolade. He also took home awards for Song Of The Year and Best Male Artiste from East Africa.
“One for my Mother Sandra, one for my Beautiful baby @zarithebosslady and one for my one and Only beautiful daughter! @princess_tiffah … But all these awards belong to my fans because without your votes I wouldn’t have made it, at all!!!…Many thanks and respect to my Producer @tuddthomas mama Hadija Kopa, my fellow Artists and Media for major support? and @afrimawards For recognising my effort?,” Diamond Platnumz said.
Kenyan group Sauti Sol beat P-Square to the Best Group award and they also bagged the Best Producer gong.
Tanzania’s Vanessa M’Dee capped the East Africa wins with the Best African Artiste in Pop award.
Singer Juliana Kanyomozi who is currently in Lagos congratulated Chameleone.
“Congratulations to Jose Chameleone on your win. Very proud of you bro. You deserve this and so much more,” she posted on her Facebook wall.
“I will stand for Africa every time I’m given a chance. I write music to represent myself and many from society, so our Voices can be heard. Believe me we all got something to say!!!!!#SongWriterOfTheYearAfrica:::::::>>>>>#WALE WALE.I Will always address issues #AFRIMA2015. Congz to everyone:::::>>> nominees and winners. Africa to the world!!!!!!,” Chameleone posted on his Facebook timeline.
“This award is for you all my people who believe in me and have stood with me amidst all tides. When the Music is heard and appreciated by the people the value is priceless. You Rewarded me, They have Awarded my creativity. Thanks to you all,” the singer said.
Below is the full list of winners
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR
Diamond Platnumz – “Nasema Nawe”, featuring Khadijo Kopa
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Charlotte Dipanda – “Elle n’a pas vu”
BEST ARTISTE IN AFRICA (RnB & Soul)
Praiz Adejo – Nigeria
BEST AFRICAN REGGAE, RAGGA & DANCEHALL
Stonebwoy – Ghana
BEST MALE ARTISTE: INSPIRATIONAL CATEGORY
Darey – Nigeria
BEST FEMALE ARTISTE: INSPIRATIONAL CATEGORY
Betty Akna- Equatorial Guinea
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Wiyaala – Ghana
BEST ARTISTE IN AFRICAN POP
Vanessa Mdee – Tanzania
BEST ARTISTE IN AFRICAN HIP HOP
Casper Nyovest – South Africa
BEST ARTISTE IN AFRICAN ELECTRO
Flavour – Nigeria
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Sauti Sol and Cedric Kadenyi – Kenya
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR IN AFRICA
Jose Chameleone – Uganda
REVELATION OF THE YEAR IN AFRICA
Adekunle Gold – Nigeria
MOST PROMISING ARTISTE IN AFRICA
Kiss Daniel – Nigeria
BEST ARTISTE IN AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY
BEST ARTISTE IN AFRICAN JAZZ
Kunle Ayo – Nigeria
BEST MALE ARTISTE IN WESTERN AFRICA
Olamide – Nigeria
BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN WESTERN AFRICA
Yemi Alade – Nigeria
BEST ARTISTE IN AFRICAN ROCK
M’vula – Kenya
BEST AFRICAN GROUP
Sauti Sol- Kenya
BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION
AKA(South Africa) and Burna Boy(Nigeria)
BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Busiswa Ngoku- South Africa
BEST MALE ARTISTE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Casper Nyovest- South Africa
BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN NORTHERN AFRICA
BEST MALE ARTISTE IN NORTHERN AFRICA
Ahmed Soultan- Morocco
BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN EASTERN AFRICA
Tsedenia Gebremarkos- Ethiopia
BEST MALE ARTISTE IN EASTERN AFRICA
Diamond Platnumz- Tanzania
PILLAR OF CULTURE IN AFRICA
Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Jagaban)