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Davido Wins 'Best African Act' at MTV EMAs, Wizkid Snags 3 AFRIMAs and More

See which African artists won big at this weekend's award shows.

This past weekend was full of awards shows and some of our favorite African acts took home some major trophies.

Najia music star, Davido won "Best African Act" at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards, beating out Wizkid, Nasty C, and more to claim the title. He wasn't there to accept his award, but the artists shared his excitement about the win on Instagram.

Just moments ago, Davido shared on Twitter that he also won the Best Worldwide Act at the EMAs. The artists is having a very successful year to say the least. Congrats to him!

Davido also dropped "Fia," last week, the highly anticipated follow-up to his hit song "If." Watch the video below.

Davido isn't the only afrobeats star who had a fruitful awards season, Wizkid took home three awards during this year's All Africa Music Awards in Lagos, hosted by the one and only Akon. He snagged the Best West African Artist of the year award, Song of the Year and Artist of the year.

Our new digital music service, Okaymusic, took home two awards with Nigerian star and Okaymusic signee 2Baba winning for Best Artist or Group in African Reggae & Dancehall and Cameroon's Montess winning Best Female Artist in Central Africa.

Additionally, Tiwa Savage won Best West African Act (Female) and Simi took home Best Songwriter of the Year

See the full list of winners below.

Best Central African Act (Male) – Locko

Best Central African Act (Female) – Montess

Best East African Act (Male) – Eddy Kenzo

Best East African Act (Female) – Nandy

Best Southern Africa Act (Male) – Emtee

Best West African Act (Male) – Wizkid

Best West African Act (Female) – Tiwa Savage

Best African Collaboration – Alikiba feat M.I – "AJE"

Best Artist in African Rock – Gilad Millo (Kenya)

Best Artist or Group in African RnB & Soul – Alikiba feat. M.I – "AJE"

Best Artist or Group in African Contemporary: DJ Tunez feat. Wande Coal – "Iskaba"

Best Artist or Group in African Raggae & Dancehall – 2Baba – "Holy Holy"

Best Artist or Group in African Hip Hop – Ycee – "Juice"

Best Artist of Group in African Pop – Toofan

Video of the Year – Orezi x Adasa Cookey – "Cooking Pot"

Best Female Artist in Inspirational Music: Asikey George

African Songwriter of the Year – Simi

Producer of the Year – DJ Coublon for Seyi Shay's "Yolo Yolo"

Artist of the Year – Wizkid

Song of the Year – Wizkid feat. Drake – "Come Closer"

Zlatan "Zanku (Leg Work)" music video.

Is Zanku Set to Be the New Dance Craze of 2019?

Breaking down what could become the year's new dance craze.

With last week's release of the video for "Zanku (Leg Work)," Zlatan Ibile has consecrated himself as the originator of the newest dance craze in afropop.

The specific origin of the name 'zanku' is uncertain but the dance itself, says Ibile in this interview from December, is one he noticed from his visits to The Shrine in Lagos and refashioned into a trend.

The best zanku, so far, works best in beats combining repeated foot tapping or pounding, with hands held aloft, and finished with a flourish—a stylised thrusting of one foot as if to knock down a door. Variations include a faster footwork, mimicry of slicing and screwing hand motions and the brandshing of a white kerchief, all of which is done with vigour and attitude.

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WurlD: Nigeria's Most Inspired Star?

We talk to the Nigerian artist about creating a sound that connects to the quintessential Afropolitan mind.

WurlD, the blue-haired singer with a killer voice and deep songwriting, is a wonder. His music sits at the intersection between African vibes and Western delivery. 2018 has been a huge for him, with a deal with Universal Music ensuring that his art has received consistency in release.

Born Sadiq Onifade, the Afro-Fusion artist has had an inspiring journey, moving from the streets of Mushin in Lagos, to the US, from where much of his music has been conceived. The complete creative embrace of that cross-cultural influence has become his strongest point, with songs such as "Show You Off" and "Contagious" offering a unique angle to his sound.

"Moving to America for me gave me the opportunity to learn music and I fell in love with songwriting," WurlD says of his influence. "Atlanta (where I lived) is a creative hub when it comes to songwriting and producing, some of the biggest songs in the world were produced in Atlanta, people round the world go to Atlanta to go meet producers and songwriters in Atlanta. There, I fell in love with music and songwriting."

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France Still Doesn't Know How Racism Works and the Vilification of Nick Conrad Proves It

The French rapper is currently on trial for his music video "Hang White People," which depicts what life might be like if the racial tables were turned.

When the music video "Pendez les Blancs" ("Hang White people") by French rapper Nick Conrad was released, the backlash was intense. The video shows what life would be if black people had enslaved white people. "Hang white people… arm them and let them kill each other" Conrad raps. He is not the first artist to think about a life where Black people would dominate white people. Todric Hall's music video "Forbidden" and Malorie Blackman's novels "Noughts and Crosses" did it before. But in France, a country that still tries to stop Black people from organising as a community, Nick Conrad had to pay the price.

First, he received countless death threats and lost his job at a prestigious French hotel. Everyone, from French personalities to the government called him out. And then, two anti-racist and anti-semitism organizations, the LICRA and L'AGRIF sued him. His trial happened last week. French journalist Sihame Assbague was there to witness it, and what she reports is baffling.

To the prosecution, Conrad is encouraging his audience to kill white people. They believe that anti white racism or "reverse racism" is just as bad as any type of racism and that Conrad is using a "black supremacist language" with words like "queen" "king" when he mentions Africa. In their mind, once Black people stop trying to integrate and start organising themselves, it's just as bad as white people being racist. Ethnocentrism is dangerous.

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