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Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Asake win large at 2023 Afrima Awards

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Africa’s star musicians hit the crimson carpet this previous weekend on the annual All Africa Music Awards, celebrating the continent’s finest expertise.

The four-day occasion culminated Sunday night at an awards ceremony on the outskirts of Senegal’s capital, Dakar, and included performances from a few of Africa’s hottest musicians akin to Nigeria’s P-Sq. and Tiwa Savage, Mali’s Rokia Kone and Senegalese singers, Youssou N’dour and Baaba Maal.

Ivorian singer Didi B received finest tune of the yr for his rendition of “Tala.” Ascending the stage in entrance of a boisterous viewers, he thanked his colleagues and stated it was his first award of the yr.

“I dedicate it to my mom and my followers,” the Ivorian rapper, singer and songwriter stated.

Nigerian megastar Burna Boy took residence the award for Finest Album and Finest African Act.

Afrobeats international icons Davido and Wizkid additionally recorded wins. Davido received the Finest Inspirational Track for ‘Stand Robust’ and Finest African Pop for ‘Excessive’ for his collaboration with Adekunle Gold. Wizkid took residence the Finest West African Act award.

Asake who dominated 2022 with an unprecedented run took residence the Breakout Artist of the Yr.

This was the eighth version of AFRIMA and the primary to be held in a French-speaking nation. Nigeria has hosted a lot of the occasions, together with the final one in Lagos metropolis in 2021, the place Malian singer, Ibrahim Mahamadou Fily Sissoko, often called Iba One, clinched finest album. This yr, One, took residence finest songwriter.

AFRIMA goals to attach African musicians to international markets whereas embracing the continent’s cultural variety and heritage, organizers say.

“That is such an thrilling second in African music and we’re happy with the best way these artists have been capable of cross over to a number of markets each on the house entrance and even globally,” stated Mike Dada, government director for the occasion.

Greater than 9,000 entries have been submitted for this yr’s contest, the best since its inception in 2014. The winners beat out greater than 380 entries in 39 classes representing 5 areas in Africa in addition to the diaspora.