All Africa Music Awards 2022: All the nominees

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The nominees for this year’s All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMAs) have been announced ahead of the awards ceremony from 8 to 11 December.




Costa Titch, Kizz Daniel, Tiwa Savage and Dadju are among this year’s nominees.

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Some 382 nominations were distilled from a historic 9 067 entries in 39 categories representing all five regions of Africa and the diaspora. The Legend Award will be announced at the awards show.

Multiple nominations were received by Costa Titch (South Africa), Dadju (DRC), Didi B (Ivory Coast), Wegz (Egypt), DJ Snake (Algeria) and Soolking (Algeria).

Big Nigerian artists like Burna Boy, Fireboy DML, Kizz Daniel and Tiwa Savage also secured nominations.

“The sheer breadth of music from all over the continent that we considered at the AFRIMA adjudication, for this year’s awards, is mind-blowing,” AFRIMAs jury member representing the Southern African region, Adam Tiran, said.

“It’s really encouraging to see so many African superstars on the list, as well as other rising stars who have had an amazing year, and, finally, a lot of brand new music discoveries. The future is bright for the continent!”

Public voting portal for the 2022 AFRIMAs will go live on 25 September at 12pm CAT. Music lovers from Africa and around the world can vote via official website(link is external). Voting closes on 10 December at 12pm CAT, before the main night of the awards.

A special announcement will be made about the host country and location of the awards on 30 September.

Below is the full list of nominees:

Best Male Artist in Central Africa

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  • C4 Pedro
  • Dadju
  • Fally Ipupa
  • Innoss’B
  • Gaz Mawete
  • Matias Damasio
  • Ninho
  • Roga Roga & Extra Musica
  • Tayc
  • Tenor ft. Innoss’B

Best Female Artist in Central Africa

  • Asaba
  • Blanche Bailly ft. Joeboy
  • Emma’a
  • Espoir La Tigresse
  • Pérola
  • Shay
  • Vernyuy Tina
  • Zara Williams ft. C4 Pedro




Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa

  • Addis Legesse
  • Bien (& Aaron Rimbui)
  • Diamond Platnumz ft. Zuchu
  • Eddy Kenzo
  • Kassmasse
  • King Saha
  • Marioo ft. Jovial
  • Mbosso ft. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze
  • Nyashinski ft. Femi One
  • Rayvanny ft. Vjollca

Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa

  • Betty G
  • Tanasha Donna
  • Frida Amani
  • Hewan Gebrewold
  • C4 Pedro
  • Dadju
  • Fally Ipupa
  • Innoss’B
  • Gaz Mawete
  • Matias Damasio
  • Ninho
  • Roga Roga & Extra Musica
  • Tayc
  • Tenor ft. Innoss’B

Best Female Artist in Central Africa

  • Asaba
  • Blanche Bailly ft. Joeboy
  • Emma’a
  • Espoir La Tigresse
  • Pérola
  • Shay
  • Vernyuy Tina
  • Zara Williams ft. C4 Pedro

Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa

  • Addis Legesse
  • Bien (& Aaron Rimbui)
  • Diamond Platnumz ft. Zuchu
  • Eddy Kenzo
  • Kassmasse
  • King Saha
  • Marioo ft. Jovial
  • Mbosso ft. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze
  • Nyashinski ft. Femi One
  • Rayvanny ft. Vjollca

Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa

  • Betty G
  • Tanasha Donna
  • Frida Amani
  • Hewan Gebrewold
  • Muthaka
  • Nandy
  • Nikita Kering
  • Rosa Ree
  • Spice Diana ft. DJ Seven
  • Zuchu ft. Bontle Smith & Tyler

Best Male Artist in Northern Africa

  • Ali Loka
  • Ahmed Saad ft. 3enba & Double Zuksh
  • A.L.A
  • DJ Snake
  • Draganov
  • El Grande Toto
  • Marwan Moussa
  • Snor
  • Soolking
  • Wegz




Best Female Artist in Northern Africa

  • Faouzia
  • Jaylann
  • Kenza Morsli ft. DJ Adel
  • Lyna Mahyem
  • Manal
  • Marwa Loud & Moha K
  • Ruby
  • Rym

Best Male Artist in Southern Africa

  • A-Reece
  • Blxckie feat A-Reece
  • DJ Tarico
  • Gemini Major
  • Focalistic

African Fans Favourite

  •  ‘Dibango Dibanga’ – Bello Falcao
  • ‘Tempela’ – Ch’cco, Mellow, Sleazy Nkao
  •  ‘Ameno Amapiano’ – Goya Menor & Nektunez
  •  ‘Sip (Alcohol)’ – Joeboy
  •  ‘Monalisa (Remix)’ – Lojay X Sarz ft. Chris Brown
  •  ‘Overloading (Overdose)’ – Mavins; Ayra Starr, Boy Spyce, Crayon, Ladipoe, Magixx
  • ‘Ku Lo Sa’ – Oxlade
  • ‘Nack’ – The Therapist
  • ‘Dada’ – Young Jonn
  • ‘Adiwele’ – Young Stunna ft. Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa

Album of the Year

  • 9: Esan – Brymo
  • Love, Damini – Burna Boy
  • Cullilan – Dadju
  • First of All – Diamond Platnumz
  • History – Dadi B
  • KOA II – Kabza De Small
  • Amagama – Nomfundo Moh
  • Timbuktu – Oumou Sangare
  • Sans Visa – Soolking
  • Rave & Roses – Rema

Artist of the Year

  • Burna Boy
  • CKay
  • Dadju
  • Diamond Platnumz
  • Fireboy DML
  • Kabza De Small
  • Manal
  • Tiwa Savage
  • Wegz
  • Zakes Batwini

Best African Collaboration

  • ‘Al Moulouk’ – Ahmed Saad ft. 3enba & Double Zuksh
  • ‘Onde Anda’ – Onde Anda
  • ‘Big Flexa’ – Costa Titch ft. C’buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T
  • ‘Champion Sound’ – Davido ft. Focalistic
  • ‘Peru Remix’ – Fireboy ft. Ed Sheeran
  • ‘Tigini (Remix)’ – Kikimoteleba ft. Franglish
  • ‘Buga’ – Kizz Daniel ft. Tekno
  • ‘Mi Amour’ – Marioo ft. Jovial
  • ‘Moyo’ – Mbosso, Costa Titch, Phantom Steeze
  • ‘Somebody’s Son’ – Tiwa Savage ft. Brandy

Best African Act in Diaspora (Female)

  • Aya Nakamura
  • Bey T
  • Darkoo
  • Faouzia
  • Moha K, Marwa Loud
  • Nata
  • Rimon
  • Ronisia
  • Shay
  • Soraia Ramos

Best African Act in Diaspora (Male)

  • Calema
  • Dadju
  • Dafencii
  • DJ Snake
  • Gil Semedo
  • Jae5
  • Ninho
  • Soolking
  • Tion Wayne
  • Ya Levia

Best African Band, Duo or Group

  • Calema & Zé Felipe
  • Disco Misr, Aziz Maraka
  • Jano Band
  • Mafikizolo
  • Major League DJz
  • Ridimz
  • The Cavemen
  • Toofan
  • Umoja Sounds
  • Wanavakali

Best African DJ

  • DJ Lito
  • DJ P2N
  • DJ Snake
  • DJ Tarica
  • DJ Yessonia
  • Major League DJz
  • DJ Zinhle
  • DJ Spinall
  • Uncle Waffles
  • Zakes Batwini

Best African Rapper/Lyricist

  • A-Reece
  • Dafencii
  • Didi B
  • Dip Doundou Guiss
  • Marwan Moussa
  • Ladipoe
  • LAMB (Loose Kaynon, A-Q, MI, Blaqbonez)
  • Nata
  • Nay Wa Mitego
  • Youssoupha

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography

  • Ans-T Crazy
  • Costa Titch
  • Eltee Skhillz
  • Kamo Mphela
  • Portable X Poco Lee
  • Roga Roga & Extra Musica
  • Serge Beynaud
  • Simi
  • Spice Diana
  • Toofan




Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Electro

  • Asake
  • Costa Titch
  • Davido
  • DJ Maphorisa
  • DJ Snake
  • DJ Yessonia
  • Felo Le Tee
  • Mbosso
  • Tresor
  • Zakes Bantwini

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop

  • Black Sherif
  • Blxckie
  • Cdrik Kodjo
  • Darkoo
  • Didi B
  • KikiMoteleba ft. Franglish
  • Marwan Moussa
  • Nay Wa Mitego
  • Ninho

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Pop

  • Adekunle Gold, Davido
  • CKay
  • Kizz Daniel & Tekno
  • Kouz1
  • Matias Damasio
  • Pheelz, BNXN
  • Ronisia
  • Roseline Layo
  • Soraia Ramos
  • Tenor ft. Innoss’B

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga, Dancehall

  • DJ Lito, Bebe Cool, Sheilah Gashumba, SlickStuartRoja
  • Fave
  • Femi One, King Kaka & Mbithi
  • KiDi
  • Navy Kenzo
  • Nutty O
  • Rosa Ree
  • Ruger
  • Teddy Afro
  • Winky D

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African RnB & Soul

  • Ahmed Basyoni & Hussein Gamal
  • Bridget Blue
  • C4 Pedro
  • Frida Amani x Mayunga
  • Lil Jay
  • Tayc
  • Tiwa Savage, Amaarae
  • Nomfundo Moh, ShaSha & Ami Faku
  • Omah Lay
  • Ya Levis

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Rock

  • Amir Eid
  • Clay
  • Daniel Baron
  • Franck Biyong
  • RASH
  • Reën & Refentse Morake

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Traditional

  • Azaya, Djelykaba Bintou
  • Betty G
  • Josey ft. Bonigo
  • Lencho Gemechu
  • Manamba Kante
  • Flavour
  • Oumr Sangare
  • Rokia Kone & Jacknife Lee
  • Royalty
  • Stewart Sukuma

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Contemporary

  • Adekunle Gold ft. Fatoumata Dawara
  • Alikiba
  • Brymo
  • Fadilee Itulya, Fidq & Goemi
  • Fally Ipuppa
  • Fior 2 Bior
  • Roga Roga & Extra Musica
  • Sidiki Diabate
  • Wallly B. Seck, Viviane

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Jazz




  • Addis Legesse
  • Elida Almeida, Jimmy P
  • Franck Biyong
  • Guta Abera
  • Jano Band
  • Jimmy Dludlu, Rhodalia Silvestre, Dx Nuvunga, Mano Tsotsi
  • Kelvin Momo, TBO, JaySax
  • Somi
  • Thapelo Lekoane
  • The Cavemen, Made Kuti

Best Soundtrack Movies, Series or Documentary

  • ‘AlMoulouk’ (Moon Knight) – Ahmed Saad ft. 3enba & Double Zuksh
  • ‘A Body, A Coffin’ (Black Panther Wanda Forever Prologue EP) – Amaarae & Marvel
  • ‘Ima’ – Dadju
  • ‘ODG’ (The Blood Covenant Movie) – Eltee Skhillz
  • ‘EL Ghazala Raye2a’ ( Zeko) – Mohamed Osama & Karim Mahmoud (Ahmed Tarik Yahia)
  • ‘Speed Life (Sonic 2 Film)
  • ‘No Woman, No Cry’ (Black Panther Wanda Forever Prologue EP) – Tems & Marvel
  • ‘B3oda Ya Belady’ (Captains of Zaatari) – Wegz

Best African Music Video

  • ‘Moustahil’ – Amine Boumediene
  • ‘Big Flexa’ – Casta Titch
  • ‘Woman’ – Simi
  • ‘Nwoke Oma’ – Chike
  • ‘Disco Maghreb’ – DJ Snake
  • ‘Sewasew’ – Maranta Da Silva
  • ‘ Suavamente’ – Soolking
  • ‘Buga’ – Kizz Daniel ft. Tekno

Breakout Artist of the Year

  • Asake
  • Camidoh
  • Costa Titch
  • Daliwonga
  • El Grande Toto
  • Fior 2 Bior
  • Hewan Gebrewold
  • Marwan Moussa
  • Nomfundo Moh
  • Pheelz

Most Promising Artist

  • Ans-T Crazy
  • Dafencii
  • Fave
  • Frida Amani
  • Jeeba
  • Khanyisa
  • Kikimoteleba
  • Lloyiso
  • Magixx
  • Zara Williams

Producer of the Year

  • C4 Pedro
  • CKay & BMH
  • Kimambo Beats
  • Nyadjiko & Dadju
  • Rahal
  • Reward Beatz
  • Sdida & Man T
  • Serge Beynaud
  • Stan-E Kibulu & William Grigahcine

Song of the Year

  • ‘Kwaku The Traveller’ – Black Sherif
  • ‘Last Last’ – Burna Boy
  • ‘Big Flexa’ – Costa Titch ft. C’buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T
  • ‘Ambassadeur’ – Dadju
  • ‘Tala’ – Didi B
  • ‘Disco Maghreb’ – DJ Snake
  • ‘Peru’ (Remix) – Fireboy DML ft. Ed Sheeran
  • ‘Buga’ – Kizz Daniel ft. Tekno
  • ‘Mi Amor’ – Marioo ft. Jovial
  • ‘Calm Down’ – Rema
  • ‘Suavemente’ – Soolking
  • ‘El Bakht’ – Wegz

Songwriter of the Year

  • Bridget Blue and Jibril Blessing
  • Daniel Baron
  • Lloyiso Mandlovandile Gigana, Luke Goliath
  • Martin Obudho, Muthaka
  • Matias Damasio
  • Mordecai ‘Dex’ Mwini
  • Olawale Olofo’ro
  • Rokia Kone, Garret Lee
  • Iba One
  • Sidy Diop

Best Global Act

  • Anitta
  • Brandy
  • Chris Brown
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Justin Bieber
  • Maluma
  • Popcaan
  • Tyga
  • Vitaa

Best Female Artist in Africa Inspirational Music 

  • Bridget Blue
  • Chaama & Eljoee
  • Diana Hamilton
  • DJ Zinle
  • Irene Robert
  • Janet Otieno
  • Makhadzi
  • Manal
  • TY Bello




Best Male Artist in Africa Inspirational Music 

  • Davido
  • Grace Lokwa
  • Kassmasse
  • KS Bloom, Chike
  • Nathaniel Bassey
  • Noel Nderitu
  • Samthing Soweto
  • Wave Rhyder
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