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Here Are the Winners at the 2019 African Muzik Magazine Awards in Dallas

These are the big winners at this year's African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA).

This is an article about the African Muzik Awards which took place in October. For the results of the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) winners, please follow this link.

The 2019 African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) took place over the weekend in Dallas, Texas.

The awards show hosted a lot of the biggest and brightest new African talent, with the likes of Fally Ipupa, 2Baba, Zlatan Rema, and many more in attendance. The show is not to be confused with the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) which is a seperate event taking place in November.

The big winners at the 2019 AFRIMMAs include Nigeria's Zlatan, who took home the Best Newcomer award and the Song of the Year award for "Killin Dem" alongside Burna Boy. Burna Boy also won the Artist of the Year award.

For the Best East African Male and Female awards, Tanzania's Ommy Dimpoz and Kenya's Akothee won big. In the Best Male Southern Africa categories, Master KG took home a trophy, while Fally Ipupa won for Best Male Central Africa.

Late Ivorian star DJ Arafat received a post-humous honor for Best Francophone, while Togo's Toofan won Best African Group. Phyno won Best Rap Act and his fellow countryman Rema won Video of the Year.

Additionally, 2Baba was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

See the full list of 2019 AFRIMMA winners below.


Best Female East Africa – Akothee

Best Collaboration – Burna Boy x Zlatan – Killing Dem

Afrimma Video of The Year – Rema – Dumebi

Best Lusophone – Nelson Freitas

Best New Act – Zlatan

Best Rap Act – Phyno

Best African Group – Toofan

Best Video Director – Sasha Vybz

Best Male Southern Africa – MasterKG

Best Francophone – DJ Arafat

Song of The Year – Burna Boy x Zlatan – Killin Dem

Best Male Central Africa – Fally Ipupa

Best Male East Africa – Ommy Dimpoz

Artist of The Year – Burna Boy

RADIO/TV PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – Willy Tuva

Transformational Leadership Award – Governor Hassan Ali Joho

AFRIMMA COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD – Rep. Helen Giddings

AFRIMMA COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD – Prince Ned Nwoko

Best Female West Africa – Aya Nakamura

Best Female Central Africa – Daphne

Best Female Southern Africa – Sho Madjozi

Crossing Boundaries with Music Award – Davido

Best Gospel Artist – Mercy Chinwo

Best Dj Africa – Dj Man Renas

Best African Dj USA – Dj Poison Ivy

Music Producer of The Year – Kel-P

Best African Dancer – Izzy Odigie

Best Live Act – Diamond Platnumz

Best Male West Africa – Burna Boy

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In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

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Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Teni & More Win Big at 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards

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The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

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The Cuban singer and Haitian artist are now sharing the new Arnaud Robert-directed music video for the single, which we're premiering here today.

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The striking music video follows Canizares and Beaubrun to the waters of New Orleans, the universal Creole capital, where they sing and float until meeting on the Mississippi River.

"Noyé is a cry of love from children of African descent," says Paul Beaubrun. "Cuba and Haiti come together to share the love and heritage of our deep rooted culture and spirituality."

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