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Burna Boy performs at SSE Arena Wembley on November 3, 2019 in London, England.

Here are the 2021 Global Music Awards Africa Winners

Burna Boy, Stonebwoy, Bella Shmurda, and more African artists have secured wins at the first ever Global Music Awards Africa.

Burna Boy, Stonebwoy, Bella Shmurda, and more musical artists from across Africa have bagged wins at the first ever Global Music Awards Africa (GMAAs). This follows after the GMAAs reportedly took place this past weekend in Accra, Ghana. The GMAAs debut took place virtually due to COVID-19 regulations and was broadcasted live with live performances from Sherifa Gunu, S3fa, Epixode, Star Zee and the Levites Band.

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According to Music in Africa, Burna Boy who recently won a Grammy award for his album Twice as Tall received a GMMA for "Global Artist of the Year". Bella Shmurda was the popular winner of the night collecting two awards for his viral hit single "CashApp". He walked away with "Global Collaboration of the Year" and "Global Most Popular Song of the Year". Nigerian singer Teni won "Global Act of the Year". The win comes just after she dropped her album WONDALAND.

Ghana is known for its dancehall artists and the category was heavily contested. Stonebwoy snatched the "Global Reggae- Dancehall Song of the Year" for his song "Journery" while "Dancehall Artist of the Year" went to Shatta Wale. Ghana's 25-year-old afro-pop artist, Awoskey, bagged the most coveted trophy, the "Global Afrobeats Song of the Year" for his single "Mama Prayer" which dropped late last year.

The awards celebrate Africa's best musicians while showcasing artists from the West African region. This year 20 artists from across Africa were nominated including Davido, Wizkid, Diamond Platnumz and Master KG.

Here is the full list of the 2021 GMAAs winners along with the nominees.

Global Hip Hop Song of the Year

"La Hustle" – Medikal ft. Joey B and Cris Waddle (Ghana)
"Madina" – Teflon Flexx (Ghana)
"Love from 233" – Kwesi Arthur (Ghana)
"Big Money" – Star Zee (Sierra Leone)
"Camuflaje" – D-Soulja (Equatorial Guinea)

Global Reggae/ Dancehall Song of the Year

"Big Money" – Star Zee (Sierra Leone)
"Journey" – Stonebwoy (Ghana)
"Dolla Bill' – Heph B (Nigeria)
"Shaming Enemies" – Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe)
"Choppings" – Shatta Wale (Ghana)

Global Reggae/ Dancehall Artist of the Year

Shatta Wale (Ghana)
Star Zee (Sierra Leone)
Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe)
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Stonebwoy (Ghana)
Heph B (Nigeria)

Global Afrobeats Song of the Year

"Vibe" – Flo-Eazy (Ghana)
"Best Friend" – Kelvyn Boy (Ghana)
"Agbemator" – De Gate Zion (Ghana)
"All Access" – Terror- D ft. Emmerson (Sierra Leone)
"Mama Prayer" – Awoskey (Nigeria)

Global Afrobeats Artist of the Year

Flo-Eazy (Ghana)
Kelvyn Boy (Ghana)
Terror-D (Sierra Leone)
Awoskey (Nigeria)

Global Best Video of the Year

''Here For You'' – Vanilla Karr (Equatorial Guinea)
''Waa' Santrinos'' – Raphael ft. Zeynab (Togo)
''Tevunya'' – Sheeba Karungi (Uganda)
''Big Money'' – Star Zee (Sierra Leone)
''Without You'' – Awoskey (Nigeria)
''Whatsapp'' – Nick Mba (Equatorial Guinea)
''On God'' – D'Tee (Nigeria)
''Camuflaje'' – D- Soulja (Equatorial Guinea)
''Goddess'' – Tiisha (Goddess)
''Wildin'' – Mmzy (Nigeria)
''Favour'' – Nanky ft. Sarkodie (Ghana)
''Litty Lit'' – Cuppy ft. Teni (Nigeria)

Songwriter of the Year

Mr Leo (Cameroon)
Leczy (Nigeria)
Master KG (South Africa)
DobleJota NM (Senegal)
Nedy (Tanzania)
Betty G (Ethiopia)
Buju (Nigeria)
Jerry Jeyco (Tanzania)

Producer of the Year

Mr Jassiq (South Africa)
KillBeatz (Ghana)
Scarfboy (Nigeria)
MOG Beatz (Ghana)
Dave Da Music Box (Ghana)
Ivan Beatz (Ghana)
Spon Key (Ghana)
Vinny Kay (Ghana)

Record of the Year

''All Access'' – Terror- D ft. Emmerson (Sierra Leone)
''Idol'' – Leczy (Nigeria)
''Duduke'' – Simi (Nigeria)
''Ya Disponible'' – Obote Oberadaboo (Equatorial Guinea)
''Jerusalema'' – Master KG (South Africa)
''Amen'' – Neny (Tanzania)
''Amégan'' – Afia Mala (Togo)

Hiplife/ Hip Hop Artist of the Year

Leczy (Nigeria)
Nick Mba (Equatorial Guinea)
Minks (Cameroon)
King Gizee (Nigeria)
Nanky (Ghana)

Global Male Vocalist of the Year

Phantom Steeze (South Africa)
Leczy (Nigeria)
Bella Shmurda (Nigeria)
Fistong (Equatorial Guinea)
KiDi (Ghana)
Paul Fortune (Kenya)
Reynolds The Gentleman (Ghana)
Chike (Nigeria)
Famaso (Equatorial Guinea)

Global Female Vocalist of the Year

Vanilla Karr (Equatorial Guinea)
Sheebah Richer (Uganda)
Simi (Nigeria)
Efya (Ghana)
Teni (Nigeria)
Nana Ama (Ghana)
Cuppy (Nigeria)
Betty G (Ethiopia)
Midje La Mia (Equatorial Guinea)

Global Female Act of the Year

Teni (Nigeria)
Cuppy (Nigeria)
Betty G (Ethiopia)
Afia Mala (Togo)
Midje La Mia (Equatorial Guinea)

Global Male Act of the Year

Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)
Bella Shmurda (Nigeria)
Mr Leo (Cameroon)
Kuami Eugene (Ghana)
Leczy (Nigeria)

Global Best Group of the Year

DopeNation (Ghana)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Ethic Entertainment (Kenya)
Masar Egbari (Egypt)

Global Rapper of the Year

Yaa Pono (Ghana)
Terror-D (Sierra Leone)
Strongman (Ghana)
Medikal (Ghana)
Flowking Stone (Ghana)

Global Collaboration of the Year

''Chameleone'' – Slick Stuart ft. DJ Roga (Uganda)
''Dwe'' – Mr Drew, Krymi, Sarkodie (Ghana)
''Monica'' – Santrinos Raphael ft. Stonebwoy (Togo/Ghana)
''Cash App'' – Bella Shmurda, Zlatan and Lincoln (Nigeria)
''Tugende Mu Church'' – Lexvivone ft. Daddy Andre (Uganda)
''Ulazi'' – Mr Jazziq ft. 9umba (South Africa)

Global Most Popular Song of the Year

''Putuu'' – Stonebwoy (Ghana)
''Jerusalema'' – Master KG (Southafrica)
''Open Gate'' – Kuami Eugene (Ghana)
''Cash App'' – Bella Shmurda, Zlatan and Lincoln (Nigeria)
''Say Cheese'' – KiDi (Ghana)

Album of the Year

Thug Diaries – Yaa Pono (Ghana)
Son of Africa – Kuami Eugene (Ghana)
Twice As Tall – Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Boo of the Booless – Chike (Nigeria)
Unity – Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe)

Global Artist of the Year

Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Kuami Eugene (Ghana)
Shatta Wale (Ghana)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Davido (Nigeria)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Nasty C (South Africa)
Master KG (South Africa)
Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)
Nutty Neithan (Uganda)
Stonebwoy (Ghana)
Simi (Nigeria)
Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)

Ghanaian Act of the Year (Male)

Nabil Forever
Zack GH

Ghanaian Act of the Year (Female)

Queen Haziel
Yaa Jackson

Most Influential Ghanaian Act of the Year

Mr Drew
Black Sheriff
Abena Serwaa Ophelia
Kweku Flick
Yaw Tog

Emerging Ghanaian Artist of the Year

De Gate Zion
Bruno Kay
Klarah Kay
Street Xervice
Kay Stagger
Lxrd Xoey

Ghanaian Discovery Artist of the Year

YT Soldier
Bruno Kay
King Prinz
Freddy X
Bekey Mills
Chobo Waguan
Greatnexx Music

Young Ghanaian Artist of the Year

Righteous Vandyke
Khojo Chavse
Chobo Waguan
Pappy Kubi
Kofi Wysi
Eric Oppong
Wiz Papiz

Best International Act

Leflyyy (Ghana/ Switzerland)
Beenie Man (Jamaica)
Spice (Jamaica)
Gramps Morgan (Jamaica)

Special Recognition Awards

Bice Osei Kuffour (Ghana)
Reggie Rockstone (Ghana)
Nana Ama (Ghana)
Daniel Kofi Amoateng (Ghana)

Global Gospel Song of the Year

''Celebrate'' – Levixone (Uganda)
''God Alone'' – Joe Praize (Nigeria)
''W'asem'' – Diana Hamilton (Ghana)
''Revival'' – Minister Michael Mahendere (Zimbabwe)
''Jesus Over Do'' – Empress Gifty Osei (Ghana)
''Worthy to be Praised'' – Prospa Ochimana (Nigeria)

Gospel Artist of the Year

Levixone (Uganda)
Diana Hamilton (Ghana)
Joe Praize (Nigeria)
Minister Michael Mahendere (Zimbabwe)
Empress Gifty Osei (Ghana)
Prospa Ochimana (Nigeria)

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DJ Neptune Surveys the Sounds & Genres Running Africa In His New Album

Greatness 2.0 features an all-star cast of African artists and jumps from afrobeats to amapiano to asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

Transitioning from a DJ to an artist is no small feat. Nigeria’s DJ Neptune has always had good ear for what the people want to hear, but in past years he's also shown his skill at assembling hitmakers to make a hit and earn a spot on any afrobeats playlist.

Neptune has been dotingly described as "Africa’s DJ Khaled" for his ability to bring the continent’s top names together in musical harmony. His 2018 debut album, Greatness: The Album, pulled from his extensive contacts and years of experience as one of Nigeria’s most influential radio personalities to create a star-studded compilation with features from Burna Boy, Davido, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Efya, Kizz Daniel and Olamide, to name a few.

In 2020, during the pandemic, DJ Neptune endeared himself with his intimate live sessions with Neptune Isolation Radio, where he constantly entertained people during the lockdown. After more than a decade as a DJ, and also one of afrobeats’ most influential personalities and curators, he has assembled some of Africa’s hitmakers for his sophomore album, Greatness 2.0, which he describes as “a playlist with Africa’s favorite artists.”

Artists on the truly pan-African project include Nigeria’s Mr Eazi, Rema, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, Stonebwoy, Joeboy, Omah Lay, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Laycon, Ladipoe, Blaqbonez, Cheque, Peruzzi, Bella Shmurda and Phyno, Ghana’s Stonebwoy and Kofi Jamar, Harmonize and Anjella from Tanzania, South Africa’s Focalistic; and UK rapper One Acen. Collaborating with Neptune on production are Magic Sticks, Dëra and MOG, among other afrobeats hitmakers.

Greatness 2.0 is a survey of the sounds and genres currently running Africa —from afrobeats to amapiano and asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

In this interview, we speak with DJ Neptune about DJ culture in Nigeria, working with some of Africa's biggest superstars, and his new album.

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