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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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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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