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Here Are the Nominees For the 2019 AFRIMA Awards

Nasty C, Davido, Burna Boy, Tamer Hosny, and the late DJ Arafat lead the nominations for this year's All Africa Music Awards.

The 6th edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA 2019, the annual celebration of African talent from all regions of the continent, is set to take place November 20-23 in Lagos, Nigeria. Winners will be chosen by popular vote. You can vote for your favorite artistes on the AFRIMA website here but make sure to login first to make your vote count.

Leading the charge this year is South African hip-hop star Nasty C, with nine nominations across categories like Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, Producer of the Year in Africa, Best African Rapper/Lyricist, and more.

READ: Here's the Full List of AFRIMA 2019 Winners

Second up is Nigerian star Davido, who earned six nominations which include Best Male Artiste in Western Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, African Fans' Favourite, Best Artiste, and more. Burna Boy has five nominations, while Egyptian artist Tamer Hosny earned four nods of his own.

The late DJ Arafat will also be recognized, as he has been posthumously nominated in the Best Male Artiste in Central Africa and Best African Dance or Choreography.

AFRIMA 2019 is not to be confused with AFRIMMA 2019, the African Muzik Magazine Awards ceremony which is a separate event focused on the African diaspora and took place October 6 and 7 in Dallas, Texas.

Read the full list of nominees here below and place your vote.

See a few of the nominations below.


African Fan's Favourite

Artiste of the Year

Best African DJ

Best African Rapper/Lyricist

Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R'n'B & Soul

Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa

Best Male Artiste in Western Africa

Best Female Artiste in Western Africa

Most Promising Artiste in Africa

Song of the Year in Africa

Producer of the Year in Africa

Songwriter of the Year in Africa

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