•Wizkid takes on Kizz Daniel, Ghana’s Black Sherif, Malian Wally B

•African superstars show off in Senegal

By BENJAMIN NJOKU

For days, Dakar, the capital of Senegal, has temporarily lost its serene atmosphere to the army of music superstars from all over the continent who, since Thursday, January 12, stormed the beautiful city, known as the home of the Grande Mosquée, for the 8th edition of the All -Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, tagged ‘Teranga Edition.’

Interestingly, pre-award activities began Thursday, with a Host Country Tour, school visit, gift presentation and welcome party as part of AFRIMA’s corporate social responsibility.

The 4-day event continued yesterday with the Africa Music Business Summit,AMBS, at the Grand Theater in Dakar. The AMBS is Africa’s largest gathering of creative music industry professionals, offering workshops and panel discussions on issues and opportunities within the African music industry.

The event continued with great momentum at the AFRIMA Music Village at the Grand Theatre, a free concert featuring live performances by music’s biggest stars in attendance.

Tonight, the eve of the awards ceremony, the events begin with rehearsals, media appearances and a courtesy visit to the President of Senegal. There will also be a live recording booth at the venue for musicians from all five regions of the continent, and across the diaspora, to explore for collaborative recordings.

The day’s activities will conclude with an exclusive party for the nominees, according to the organizers.

But as the music festival wraps up this Sunday, amid glitz and glamor at the 15,000-capacity Dakar Arena, Dakar, what matters most in the minds of African music is which of the musicians will hold the biggest prizes will drag on the evening.

Recall that Nigeria’s Grammy winner, Burna Boy, whose smash hit “Last Last” was nominated in the Artist of the Year category, will duke it out with his Tanzanian counterpart, Diamond Platnumz feat Zuchu, DRC Dadju Ambassador, Ckay (Emiliana), Fireboy, among others. He is also expected to beat Nigeria’s Brymo, Ivory Coast’s Didi B and South Africa’s Kabza De Small to take home the Best Album of the Year award. Not to mention that the Afro-fusion singer was also nominated in the Best Male Artiste in West Africa and Song of the Year categories.

Many are optimistic that Burna Boy will do it again after his success last year where he not only dominated both the local and global scene with his monster hit “Last Last” but also won some laurels including MOBO’s Best International Act, Best African Category music act and the best African act at the 2022 MTV EMAs.

Wizkid will be up against Kizz Daniel, who is currently enjoying worldwide fame after his hit song ‘Buga’, Fireboy, Burna Boy, Ghana’s Black Sherif, Malian Wally B for the Best Male Artist in West Africa award.

One of the Nigerian Tems, Simi and Tiwa Savage, is tipped to take home the award for Best Female Artist in West Africa. But one cannot underestimate what their opponents from other climates, including Ghanaian Gyakie, Josey Ft. Among others, Bonigo from Ivory Coast, Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde), Manamba Kante from Guinea are participating.

South African maverick Costa Titch will be the cynosure of all eyes, as will Congolese maestro Dadju, who each had six nominations.

Ttch had six nominations for his 2021 smash hit, Big Flexa, in “Song of the Year”; “Breakout Artist of the Year”; “Best African Collaboration”: “Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Electro”; and “Best Artist, Duo or Group Using African Dance/Choreography.”

While Dadju also got six nominations in “Best Male in Central Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Album of the Year”; “Artist of the Year”; “Best African Law in the Diaspora”; and “Best Soundtrack in a Motion Picture, Series or Documentary.” However, it looks like this year’s AFRIMA will have a lot of surprises. Let’s hope.

Earlier, the organizers revealed Senegalese-French actor and comedian Ahmed Sylla; Cameroonian actress and broadcaster Sophy Aiida and South African screen jewel, model and presenter Pearl Thusi host the main awards ceremony.

Commenting on their choice, AFRIMA’s regional manager for North Africa, Janatte Haddadi, commented that the trio was “a mix of wits, charisma and humour” to boost the awards ceremony experience.

“These are fantastic choices! They have the maturity needed for a global event like this, and they also have the humour, wit and charisma needed to cater to all age groups. The Teranga edition is special and so we decided to curate the comperes specially to keep the magic alive during the show,” she added.

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