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Lerato Mogoatlhe on Her New Travel Memoir, 'Vagabond': "I was accused of being a spy."

The South African writer traveled to 21 African countries over the span of 5 years and says that Mali, Rwanda and Sudan were by far her favorite places.

Eleven years ago, Lerato Mogoatlhe decided that it was time to leave South Africa so she quit her job as an entertainment and lifestyle journalist and flew to Senegal to begin what she thought would be a three month trip. She had always dreamed of traveling Africa, and after an earlier work trip to Ghana, she realized she could not put off her dreams any longer. The three month stint would turn into five years. Her new memoir, Vagabond: Travelling Through Africa on Faith is a chronicle of that trip and the 21 African countries she experienced along the way.

But this is no comfortable travel read. When Mogoatlhe first steps off the plane in Senegal, she has made no plans whatsoever, not even accommodation. What she does have is the unshakable certainty that she is home. Mogoatlhe starts her journey with the strong belief that every other African country, flaws and all, will make her feel just as home as she felt in South Africa.

And so she trusts that everything would eventually figure itself out. From sitting on piers and waiting for someone, anyone, to ask if she needed a place to stay, to running out of cash, Mogoatlhe's written account of her spirited country hopping (as well as the characters she met along the way) is filed with numerous "laugh out loud" moments and leaves one with the burning conviction to go to the places that she has gone and truly experience the unimaginable for oneself.

We sat down with Mogoatlhe to discuss her new travel memoir Vagabond: Travelling Through Africa on Faith and found out why she would rather visit Bujumbura than New York or Paris on any given day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


Why did you decide to document your travels in Vagabond: Travelling Through Africa on Faith?

Because I wanted to live forever. I find that for me, because I want to live forever, a book is a way to just bring it all in one place, and present my story, the story of us and the story of who Africans are.

I think, one thing that's very important to me about my identity is that being African is something that I thoroughly love and enjoy, and I have no problems with it. I do have a massive problem with the stereotypes associated with Africans. I have a massive problem with acculturation and the fact that it's so easy for everything you consume to be Americanized or westernized.

You were initially only supposed to stay three months and that extended into five years. Tell me how that happened.

In my fifth month I was in Abidjan and I still didn't feel ready to leave. I thought I needed to start over. As I was thinking about starting over, I was listening to my favorite album Afriki by Habib Kioté—I love him. So I was like, "I guess I'm going to Mali because my favorite artist is performing in Timbuktu in a few like 10 days."

That's how I started over. Only after six months did I really start feeling my travels and start connecting.

Celebrating the inevitable birth of South SudanCourtesy of Lerato Mogoatlhe

You started your journey officially in Senegal. What would you say was the highlight of being there?

It was putting the landlord in his place. He was an unfriendly guy which was weird because you know how Africans are, we like to greet and all that. One time he came knocking knocking on my window screaming for me to get out in French. He wanted to know who I was and what I was doing there. I told him I was a South African journalist travelling the continent.

Eventually he reasoned that I must be telling the truth and asked if a man was paying for my stay. There are many things that a person might be confused about me but do not ever reduce my identity to a man. I just took a table, flipped it and threw it across the yard. Then I just asked him, "Are we finished now? You are wasting my time. I have a dance class to go to."

You're in a "foreign land" and your French is decent, at the very most. What was that moment like for you?

It was liberating. I was just like, "If you are not going to respect me, then fear me. You had a choice." But we kissed and made up. The thing I love about West Africans is that they are drama queens, theatrical, I mean, I'm like so home in West Africa. Theatrics no. So that was the next day I'm just like, "Okay, let me buy kola nuts, take it to his house, and just chat."I told him that it wasn't okay to do what he did. And that was that.

Manuscripts from TimbuktuCourtesy of Lerato Mogoatlhe

How did you fund five years of living across 21 African countries?

I was freelancing as a journalist. I think in terms of some tricks and tools, there's a platform called Couchsurfing where people who want to host travelers sign up. You can just put out a notice that you'll be in the area and you need a place to stay or you can just approach people directly, so that helped me out.

I ate street food a lot, lived very cheaply, and also people are very kind and generous. People would just meet me and be like, "Right, do you have a place to stay? Is it a hotel? Oh no, please girl, you are moving in with my family." All those things.

Pyramid of Giza, EgyptCourtesy of Lerato Mogoatlhe

Freelancing is great because you've got so much more freedom of your time. However, how did you travel the continent and navigate not getting your payments on time?

When I was in Senegal I ran out of money because a cheque was late. I couldn't pay my hotel bill so I asked them if I could pay it off when I did finally get paid. I ran out of money a lot. When I was in Ghana going to the Ivory Coast, you had to pay twice even though it was one bus company from Takoradi in Ghana, to the border and then from the border to Abidjan. So I only paid from Takoradi to the border.

From the border to Abidjan I was just like, "So now I don't have cash. Can I leave my passport here, I'll come pay you?" If I say I'm going to come pay you, I'm really going to come pay you. I don't remember there being anyone that I asked for help and they didn't help me. If anything, people always used to say, "Stop worrying, you are home. You'll be taken care of," and it was such a huge affirmation.

Mount Sinai, EgyptCourtesy of Lerato Mogoatlhe

What would you say are your top three favorite African countries?

I really got to settle into my travels in Mali. I got to finally pick up French and that opened up a different world. And then there is Rwanda for different reasons. When I was in Rwanda I went to the Kigali genocide memorial, then I went to memorials in Nyamata and Ntarama as well as just outside of Kigali. Ntarama it was so raw because it was in the church where people were killed and you could see grenade holes or bullet holes wherever and at the back you can go inside the mass grave. You see all of it. And lastly Sudan because it was such a breath of fresh air. Sudanese people are generous.

Lake Tanganyika, BurundiCourtesy of Lerato Mogoatlhe

Are there African countries that you are afraid to go to?

No. I used to be scared of Somalia because of Mogadishu. I used to be scared of Darfur. At the time, it was genuinely scary to think of going to Mogadishu when there's so much conflict. But also using common sense and experience, you only ever hear about the bad stuff, that's the nature of news. If it bleeds, it leads.

If I hear about bomb blast five times a year, what about the rest of the 360 days? I used to be scared of conflict areas and war zones and where there's been turmoil. When I go to the Central African Republic, I don't think it's wise to venture out of the capital city for instance because the capital city is secure to some extent. So I'll just use common sense about these places that I want to explore next.

Grab a copy of Vagabond: Travelling Through Africa on Faithhere.


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Here Are All the Winners at the AFRIMA Awards

Davido, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Marwan Moussa, and more won big at the 8th AFRIMA Awards.


The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA)recently descended onto Dakar, Senegal for their eighth edition, 'The Teganga Edition.'

The awards, which were held at the Dakar Arena, saw the likes of Nigerian superstar Davido take home three trophies in one night as he won the Best African Collaboration, Best Duo or Group in African Electro, and Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music categories.

Egyptian rapper Marwan Moussa followed closely, nabbing two wins for Best African Rapper/Lyricist and Best Duo or Group in African Hip Hop.

In other notable moments, Senegalese icons Youssou N’dour, Baaba Maal, and Ismaël Lô were given the AFRIMA Legend Award, which is selected by the awards' international executive committee.

All of the winners across the remaining 39 categories for the 8th AFRIMA in Senegal were decided by popular vote across a pool of 9,067 submitted entries.

South Africa's Costa Titch and Frrench-Congolese artist Dadju lead the group, with each artist earning six nominations. Burna Boy, KIzz Daniel, Tiwa Savage and Fireboy DML bagged nominations each.

This year, the organization received its highest number of entries ever recorded since the award show began in 2014. The award show's jury chose 382 nominations across 39 musical categories, to underscore five African regions and the musical talents that represent those regions.

South African jury member Adam Tiran, said that he was confident that he and other members had made the right selections this year for talent.

“We are confident in our selection this year, after carefully reviewing all 9,076 entries. We are sure this is an accurate and inclusive representation of where the African music industry currently is," said Tiran. "We have put in the effort to ensure that AFRIMA’s nominations remain as credible and authentic as always.”


West African countries led the charge with a total of 134 nominations, and this was followed by the Eastern African region, whose artists came to 69 nominations. Southern African artists followed behind with 68 nominations and Central African artists had 52 nominations, while Northern African artists had an entry totaling to 49 nominations. The global region for this year's award show representing non-Africans pulled in 10 nominations.

The nominations fall into a variety of categories, according to Angela Martins, Head of Culture, African Union Commission on the Jury:

“The nominees list comprising 29 continental award categories and 10 regional award categories released for public voting on www.afrima.org. The remaining category for the “Legend Award” will be announced at the awards. Also, we brought back the “Best Soundtrack in a Movie, Series or Documentary” category, this year, due to the availability of quality entries for this year’s edition. Recall that we had to suspend it, last year, due to a shortage of quality entries, said Martins. “Overall, we are very proud and confident in our work, and we would continue to intensify our efforts to ensure AFRIMA remains the ultimate recognition of African music globally in line with its vision.”

See the full list of winners below.

Here are all the winners at the 8th All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA)

REGIONAL WINNERS

Best Female Artiste in Western Africa

Asa
Ocean
Nigeria
Gyakie
Something
Ghana
Josey Ft. Bonigo (Winner)
Zambeleman
Cote d'Ivoire
Manamba Kante
Bhouloun Djouri
Guinea
Oumou Sangare
Wassulu Don
Mali
Simi
Woman
Nigeria
Soraia Ramos
BKBN
Cape Verde
Tems
Crazy Tings
Nigeria
Tiwa Savage Ft. Brandy
Somebody's Son
Nigeria
Viviane CHIDID Ft. Bass Thioung
Sweet Game
Senegal



Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa

A-Reece
Couldn't Have Said It Better, Pt.3
South Africa
Blxckie feat A-Reece
Sneaky
South Africa
DJ Tarico Ft. DJ Consequence, Nelson Tivane & Preck
Number One
Mozambique
Gemini Major Ft. Ayra Starr
Ooh Lala
Malawi
Focalistic X Madumane and Mellow & Sleazy feat. DJ Maphorisa
16 Days No Sleep
South Africa
Kabza De Small Ft. DJ Maphorisa
Abalele
South Africa
Musketeers Ft. Azmo
Danko feat. Azmo
Namibia
Master KG x Wanitwa Mos Ft. Nkosazana Daughter, Basetsana, Obeey Amor
Dali Nguwe
South Africa
Winky D (Winner)
Happy Again
Zimbabwe
Zakes Bantwini Ft. Kasango
Osama
South Africa

Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa

DJ Yessonia Ft. Boohle
Ngifuna Wena
Namibia
DJ Zinhle Ft. Black Motion, Kabza De Small & Nokwazi
Siyabonga
South Africa
Kamo Mphela
Ghost
South Africa
Makhadzi (Winner)
Mama
South Africa
Nadia Nakai Ft. Lucasraps
Not The Same
South Africa
Nomfundo Moh Ft. ShaSha & Ami Faku
Phakade Lami
South Africa
ShaSha Ft. Kamo Mphela & Felo Le Tee
iPiano
Zimbabwe
Simmy
We Were Here
South Africa
Tamy Moyo
Sare
Zimbabwe
Uncle Waffles & Tony Duardo Ft. Sino Msolo & Boibizza
Tanzania
South Africa

Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa

A.L.A (Winner)
30
Tunisia
Ali Loka
Matkhafesh Yamma
Egypt
Ahmed Saad Ft. 3enba & Double Zuksh
AlMoulouk
Egypt
DJ Snake
Disco Maghreb
Algeria
Draganov
Chichi
Morocco
El Grande Toto
Salade Coco
Morocco
Marwan Moussa
Batal 3alam
Egypt
Snor
Kasseta
Morocco
Soolking
Suavemente
Algeria
Wegz
Albakht
Egypt

Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa

Faouzia (Winner)
RIP Love
Morocco
Jaylann
Oui Oui
Morocco
Kenza Morsli Ft. DJ Adel
Moustahil
Algeria
Lyna Mahyem
Mal De Toi
Algeria
Manal
Makhelaw Magalou
Morocco
Marwa Loud & Moha K
Ghir Ntiya
Morocco
Ruby
Namet Nenna
Egypt
Rym
Stylo Warqa
Morocco

Best Male Artiste in Central Africa

C4 Pedro
Posa
Angola
Dadju
Ambassadeur
DRC
Fally Ipupa (Winner)
Bloqué
DRC
Innoss'B
Mortel-06
DRC
Gaz Mawete
500
DRC
Matias Damasio
Como Antes
Angola
Ninho
Jefe
DRC
Roga Roga & Extra Musica
Bokoko
DRC
Tayc
Dodo
Cameroon
Tenor Ft. Innoss'B
Mami Wata
Cameroon

Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa

Addis Legesse
Enja
Ethiopia
Bien (& Aaron Rimbui)
Bald Men Anthem
Kenya
Diamond Platnumz Ft. Zuchu
Mtasubiri
Tanzania
Eddy Kenzo
Songa
Uganda
Kassmasse (Winner)
Sewasew
Ethiopia
King Saha
Zakayo
Uganda
Marioo Ft. Jovial
Mi Amor
Tanzania
Mbosso Ft. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze
Moyo
Tanzania
Nyashinski Ft. Femi One
Properly
Kenya
Rayvanny Ft. Vjollca
Pele Pele
Tanzania

Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa

Betty G
Addis Semay
Ethiopia
Frida Amani
Fala Mimi
Tanzania
Hewan Gebrewold
Shemuna
Ethiopia
Muthaka (Winner)
Sorry
Kenya
Nandy
Siwezi
Tanzania
Nikita Kering
Last Name
Kenya
Rosa Ree
Watatubu
Tanzania
Spice Diana Ft. DJ Seven
Tujuoge
Uganda
Tanasha Donna
Maradonna
Kenya
Zuchu Ft. Bontle Smith & Tyler
Kitu
Tanzania

CONTINENTAL WINNER


Song of the year

Black Sherif
Kwaku The Traveller
Ghana
Burna Boy
Last Last
Nigeria
Costa Titch feat. Banaba Des, Alfa Kat, Man T, Sdida, C’Buda M
Big Flexa
South Africa
Dadju
Ambassaduer
DRC
Didi B (Winner)
Tala
Cote d'Ivoire
DJ Snake
Disco Maghreb
Algeria
Fireboy DML feat. Ed Sheeran
Peru (Remix)
NIgeria
Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno
Buga
Nigeria
Marioo feat. Jovial
Mi Amor
Tanzania
Rema
Calm Down
Nigeria
Soolking
Suavemente
Algeria
Wegz
Elbakht
Egypt

Album of the year

Brymo
9: Esan
Nigeria
Burna Boy (Winner)
Love Damini
Nigeria
Dadju
Cullilan
DRC
Diamond Platnumz
First of All
Tanzania
Didi B
History
Cote d'Ivoire
Kabza De Small
KOA II
South Africa
Nomfundo Moh
Amagama
South Africa
Oumou Sangare
Timbuktu
Mali
Soolking
Sans Visa
Algeria
Rema
Raves & Roses
Nigeria

Producer of the year

C4 Pedro
Posa C4 Pedro
Angola
CKay & BMH
Emiliana by CKay
Nigeria
Kimambobeats
Mi Amor by Marioo feat. Jovial
Tanzania
Nyadjiko & Dadju
Ambassaduer by Dadju
DRC
Rahal
Elbakht by Wegz
Egypt
Reward Beats
Buga by Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno
Nigeria
Sdida & Man T
Big Flexa by Costa Titch
South Africa
Serge Beynaud
C'est Dose by Serge Beynaud
Cote d'Ivoire
Shizzi (Winner)
Peru (Remix) by Fireboy DML
Nigeria
Stan-E Kibulu & William Grigahcine
Disco Magrehb by DJ Snake
Algeria

A Artist of the Year

Burna Boy (Winner)
Last Last
Nigeria
CKay
Emiliana
Nigeria
Dadju
Ambassaduer
DRC
Diamond Platnumz feat. Zuchu
Mtasubiri
Tanzania
Fireboy DML feat. Ed Sheeran
Peru (Remix)
Nigeria
Kabza De Small feat. DJ Maphorisa, Ami Faku
Asibe Happy
South Africa
Manal
Makhelaw Magalou
Morroco
Tiwa Savage feat. Brandy
Somebody's Son
Nigeria
Wegz
Elbakht
Egypt
Zakes Batwini feat. Kasango
Osama
South Africa

Songwriter of the Year

Bridget Blue & Jibiril Blessing
Woman by Bridget Blue
Kenya
Daniel Baron
How To Feel by Daniel Baron
South Africa
Iba One (Winner)
Hommage a mes parents
Mali
Lloyiso Mandlovandile Gigana, Luke Goliath
Seasons by Lloyiso
South Africa
Martin Obudho, Muthaka
Sorry
Kenya
Matias Damasio
Como Antes
Angola
Mordecai 'Dex' Mwini
Reason by Wanavokali Ft. H_art the Band
Kenya
Olawale Olofo'ro
Fura Sára by Brymo
Nigeria
Rokia Kone, Garret Lee
Kurunba
Mali
Sidy Diop
Ngalam
Senegal
Winner



Breakout Breakout Artist of the Year

Asake (Winner)
Peace Be Unto You (PBUY)
Nigeria
Camidoh
Sugarcane (Remix) feat. Darkoo, King Promise, Mayorkun
Ghana
Costa Titch
Ma Gang feat Champuru Makhenzo, Phantom Steeze, ManT, Sdida & C'BUDA M
South Africa
Daliwonga
Abo Mvelo feat. Mellow And Sleazy & M.J
South Africa
El Grande Toto
Salade Coco
Morroco
Fior 2 Bior
Godo Godo
Cote d'Ivoire
Hewan Gebrewold
Shemuna
Ethiopia
Marwan Moussa (Winner)
Batal 3alam
Egypt
Nomfundo Moh
Phakade Lami feat. ShaSha & Ami Faku
South Africa
Pheelz
Finesse feat. BNXN
Nigeria

Most Promising Artist

Ans-T Crazy (Winner)
10 Na ifari feat. Ibro Gnamet
Guinea
Dafencii
King Alhalaba
Sudan
Fave
Baby Riddim
Nigeria
Frida Amani
Fala Mimi
Tanzania
Jeeba
Lamou Saff
Senegal
Khanyisa
Bheka Mina Ngedwa feat Tsiki XII, Marcus MC and Lady Du
South Africa
Kikimoteleba
Tigini feat. Franglish
Cote d'Ivoire
Lloyiso
Speak
South Africa
Magixx
Love Don't Cost A Dime feat. Ayra Starr
Nigeria
Zara Williams
Posa feat. C4 Pedro
DRC

African Fans Favourite

Bello Falcao
Dibango Dibanga
Cote d'Ivoire
Ch'cco, Mellow, Sleazy
Nkao Tempela
South Africa
Goya Menor & Nektunez
Ameno Amapiano
Ghana & Nigeria
Joeboy
Sip (Alchohol)
Nigeria
Lojay X Sarz feat. Chris Brown
Monalisa (Remix)
Nigeria
Mavins; Ayra Starr, Boy Spyce, Crayon, LADIPOE, Magixx
Overloading (Overdoes)
Nigeria
Oxlade (Winner)
Ku Lo Sa
Nigeria
The Therapist
Nack
Serria Leone
Young John
Dada
Nigeria
Young Stunna feat. Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa
Adiwele
South Africa

Best African DJ

DJ Lito (Winner)
Tick Talk feat. Bebe Cool, Sheilah Gashumba, SlickStuartRoja
Uganda
DJ P2N
Likolo (Remix) feat. Tenor, DJ Amaroula
DRC
DJ Sly King
Ngama Bono
Ghana
DJ Snake
Disco Maghreb
Algeria
DJ Tarico Ft. DJ Consequence
Number One feat. Nelson Tivane, Preck
Mozambique & Nigeria
DJ Yessonia
Ngifuna Wena feat. Boohle
Namibia
DJ Zinhle
Siyabonga feat. Black Motion, Kazba de Small, Nokwazi
South Africa
MAJOR LEAGUE DJz
Bakwa Lah
South Africa
Spinall
Pallazo feat. Asake
Nigeria
Uncle Waffles
Tanzania feat. Tony Duardo Ft. Sino Msolo & Boibizza
Swaziland
Zakes Batwini
Osama feat. Kasango
South Africa

Best African Video

Amine Boumediene
Moustahil
Algeria
Costa Titch
Big Flexa by Costa Titch.
South Africa
DAMMY TWITCH
Woman by Simi.
Nigeria
Director Pink
Nwoke Oma by Chike
Nigeria
Elias Belkader
Disco Maghreb by DJ Snake
Algeria
Maranta Tegegne
Sewasew
Ethopia
Mateo Da Silva
Donnelemoi by TayC
Cameroon
Napephasha
Ghost Kamo Mphela
South Africa
Soolking & Digital Nak
Suavemente by Soolking
Algeria
TG Omori (Winner)
Buga by Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno
Nigeria

Best African Rapper OR Lyricist

A-Reece
Couldn't Have Said It Better, Pt.3
South Africa
Dafencii feat. Khayyat
King Alhalaba
Sudan
Didi B
Game De Djai
Cote d'Ivoire
Dip Doundou Guiss
Califat
Senegal
Marwan Moussa (Winner)
Batal 3alam
Egypt
Ladipoe feat. Rema
Afro Jigga
Nigeria
LAMB (Loose Kaynon, A-Q, MI, Blaqbonez)
The Last Cypher
Nigeria
Nata
94
Sierra Leone
Nay Wa Mitego
Rais Wa Kitaa
Tanzania
Youssoupha
Amapiano
Cote d'Ivoire

Best Africa Collaboration

Ahmed Saad feat. 3enba & Double Zuksh
Al Moulouk
Egypt
Calema x Zé Felipe
Onde Anda
Sao Tome and Principe/Brazil
Costa Titch feat. C'buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T
Big Flexa
South Africa
Davido feat. focalistic (Winner)
Champion Sound
Nigeria / South Africa
Fireboy feat. Ed Sheeran
Peru (Remix)
Nigeria/Great Britain
Kikimoteleba feat. Franglish
Tigini (Remix)
Cote d'Ivoire/DRC
Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno
Buga
Nigeria
Marioo feat. Jovial
Mi Amour
Tanzania
Mbosso, Costa Titch, Phantom Steeze
Moyo
Tanzania/South Africa
Tiwa Savage feat. Brandy
Somebody's Son
Nigeria/USA

Best African Band / Duo / Group

Calema & Zé Felipe
Onde Anda
Sao Tome & Principe
Disco Misr, Aziz Maraka
Ahla Wahda
Egypt
Jano Band
Zebnanaw
Ethiopia
Mafikizolo Ft. Simmy
Mamazela
South Africa
MAJOR LEAGUE DJz
BAKWA LAH
South Africa
Ridimz
Shabasiko
Cameroon
The Cavemen ft. Made Kuti (Winner)
Biri
Nigeria
Toofan
Ona
Togo
Umoja Sounds Ft. Ariel Wayz
Happy
Kenya
Wanavokali
What A Time
Kenya

Best African Act In Diaspora (Female)

Aya Nakamura Ft. Damso
Degaine
Mali
Bey T Ft. Boohle
Unanicheza
Kenya
Darkoo Ft Black Sherif
Always
Nigeria
Faouzia (Winner)
RIP, Love
Morocco
Moha K, Marwa Loud
Ghir Ntiya
Morocco
Nata
94
Sierra Leone
Rimon
Feed Me
Eritrea
Ronisia
Melodie
Cape Verde
Shay
DA
DRC
Soraia Ramos
BKBN
Cape Verde

Best African Act In Diaspora (Male)

Calema Ft. Zé Felipe
Onde Anda
Sao Tome & Principe
Dadju
KIng
DRC
Dafencii ft. Khayyat
King Alhalaba
Sudan
DJ Snake
Disco Maghreb
Algeria
Gil Semedo Ft. Calema, Soraia Ramos & Mito Kaskas
Gostu Sabi
Cape Verde
Jae5 Ft Dave, Bnxn
Propeller
Ghana
Ninho
VVS
DRC
Soolking
Suavemente
Algeria
Tion Wayne Ft. Davido & Jae5 (Winner)
Who's True
Nigeria
Ya Levis
Pardonne Moi
DRC

Best Female Artist in Africa Inspirational Music

Bridget Blue
Woman
Kenya
Chaama & Eljoee
Burakia
Morocco
Diana Hamilton
Awurade Ye(Do it Lord)
Ghana
DJ Zinhle Ft. Black Motion, Kabza De Small & Nokwazi
Siyabonga
South Africa
Irene Robert Ft. Rose Muhando (Winner)
Hainidhuru
Tanzania
Janet Otieno
Siri
Kenya
Makhadzi Ft. Jon Delinger
Zwivhuya
South Africa
Manal
3ari
Morocco
TY Bello Ft. Sinmidele & Ore Macaulay
Amen Amen
Nigeria

Best Male Artist in Africa Inspirational Music

Davido Ft. Sunday Service Choir (Winner)
Stand Strong
Nigeria
Grace Lokwa
Kumama
DRC
Kassmasse
Sesasew
Ethiopia
KS Bloom Ft. Chidinma
C'est Dieu (Remix)
Cote d'Ivoire
Majoos
Jayah
DRC
Masterkraft Ft. Chike
Hosanna
Nigeria
Nathaniel Bassey
See What the Lord Has Done
Nigeria
Noel Nderitu
Waweza
Kenya
Samthing Soweto
Amagents
South Africa
Wave Rhyder
Wa Nkutlwa Na
Lesotho

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Electro

Asake
Peace Be Unto You
Nigeria
Costa Titch Ft. C'buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T
Big Flexa
South Africa
Davido Ft. Focalistic (Winner)
Champion Sound
Nigeria
DJ Snake
Disco Maghreb
Algeria
DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU Ft. Sir Till & Co
Banyana
South Africa
DJ Yessonia Ft. Boohle
Ngifuna Wena
Namibia
Felo Le Tee & Myztro Ft. Daliwonga
66 & Dipatje Tsa Felo
South Africa
Mbosso Ft. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze
Moyo
Tanzania
Tresor Ft. Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa
Makosa
DRC
Zakes Bantwini Ft. Kasango
Osama
South Africa

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Hip-Hop

Black Sherif
Kwaku the Traveller
Ghana
Blxckie
Your All
South Africa
Cdrik Kodjo
Nyi Nudé
Benin
Darkoo Ft. Black Sherif
Always
Nigeria
Didi B
Tala
Cote d'Ivoire
KikiMoteleba Ft. Franglish
Tigini
Cote d'Ivoire
Marwan Moussa (Winner)
Batal 3alam
Egypt
Nay Wa Mitego
Rais Wa Kitaa
Tanzania
Ninho
Jefe
DRC
Nyashinski Ft. Femi One
Properly
Kenya

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African RnB & Soul

Ahmed basyoni & Hussein Gamal
ElHalawa Di
Egypt
Bridget Blue
Goodbye
Kenya
C4 Pedro
Esta Tudo Bem
Angola
Frida Amani Ft. Mayunga
Tanzania
Tanzania
Lil Jay
Sauce Graine
Cote d'Ivorie
Nomfundo Moh Ft. ShaSha & Ami Faku
Phakade Lami
South Africa
Omah Lay (Winner)
I'm A Mess
Nigeria
Tayc
D O D O
Cameroon
Tiwa Savage, Amaarae
Tales By Moonlight
Nigeria
Ya Levis
Pardonne Moi
DRC

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga, Dancehall

DJ Lito Ft. Bebe Cool x Sheilah Gashumba x SlickStuartRoja
Tick Talk
Uganda
Fave
Baby Riddim
Nigeria
Femi One Ft. King Kaka & Mbithi
Hepi
Kenya
KiDi Ft. Tyga
Touch It(Remix)
Ghana
Navy Kenzo
Manzese
Tanzania
Nutty O
Handipere
Zimbabwe
Rosa Ree
Watatubu
Tanzania
Ruger
Dior
Nigeria
Teddy Afro (Winner)
Naet
Ethiopia
Winky D
Happy Again
Zimbabwe

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Contemporary

Adekunle Gold Ft. Fatoumata Diawara (Winner)
Born Again
Nigeria
Alikiba
UTU
Tanzania
Brymo
Fura Sara
Nigeria
Fadilee Itulya Ft. Fidq & Taz Goemi
Problem
Tanzania
Fally Ipupa
Bloqué
DRC
Fior 2 Bior
Godo Godo
Cote d'Ivoire
Roga Roga & Extra Musica
Bokoko
DRC
Sidiki Diabate
Diarabi nene bena
Mali
Wally B. Seck ft Viviane
Reugine Tass
Senegal
Wegz
Al bakht
Egypt

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Jazz

Addis Legesse
Enja
Ethiopia
Elida Almeida, Jimmy P
Mau Menino
Cape Verde
Franck Biyong
Negropolitaine
Cameroon
Gutu Abera (Winner)
Deemi
Ethiopia
Jano Band
Zebnanaw
Ethiopia
Jimmy Dludlu Ft. Rhodalia Silvestre, Dx Nuvunga & Mano Tsotsi
Male Ya Pepa
Mozambique
Kelvin Momo Feat. TBO and JaySax
Funa
South Africa
Somi
Love Tastes Like Strawberries
Rwanda
Thapelo Lekoane
Heritage
South Africa
The Cavemen Ft. Made kuti
Biri
Nigeria

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Pop

Adekunle Gold Ft. Davido (Winner)
High
Nigeria
Ckay
Emiliana
Nigeria
Kizz Daniel & Tekno
Buga
Nigeria
Kouz1
Magic
Morocco
Matias Damasio
Como Antes
Angola
Pheelz, BNXN
Finesse
Nigeria
Ronisia
Melodie
Cape Verde
Roseline Layo
Donnez Nous Un Peru
Cote d'Ivoire
Soraia Ramos
BKBN
Cape Verde
Tenor Ft. Innoss'B
Mami Wata
Cameroon

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Rock

Amir Eid
Ana Negm
Egypt
Clayrocksu (Winner)
Amin
Nigeria
Daniel Baron
How to Feel
South Africa
Franck Biyong
Pepe Soup
Cameroon
RASH
FAR BEYOND
Kenya
Reen and Refentse Morake
Skobbejak
South Africa

Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Traditional

Azaya Ft. Djelykaba Bintou (Winner)
BB La
Guinea
Betty G
Addis Semay
Ethiopia
Flavour
Level
Nigeria
Josey Ft. Bonigo
Zambeleman
Cote d'Ivoire
Lencho gemechu
Saglii
Ethiopia
Manamba Kante
Bhouloun Djouri
Guinea
Oumou Sangare
Wassulu Don
Mali
Rokia Kone & Jacknife Lee
N'yanyan
Mali
Strongbangwaboy
Royalty Ft. Longue Longue, Tzy Panchak
Cameroon
Stewart Sukuma
Ezamany Kim'bedima
Mozambique

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography

Ans-T Crazy (Winner)
Pause
Guinea
Costa Titch Ft. C'buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T
Big Flexa
South Africa
Eltee Skhillz
ODG
Nigeria
Kamo Mphela
Ghost
South Africa
Portable X Poco Lee Ft. Olamide
ZaZoo Zehh
Nigeria
Roga Roga & Extra Musica
Bokoko
DRC
Serge Beynaud
C'est Dose
Cote d'Ivoire
Simi
Woman
Nigeria
Spice Diana
Tujooge Ft. Dj Seven
Uganda
Toofan
Ona
Togo

Best Soundtrack Movie / Series / Documentary

Ahmed Saad Ft. 3enba & Double Zuksh
AlMoulouk (Moon Knight)
Egypt
Amarae & Marvel
A Body, A Coffin (Black Panther Wakanda Forever Prologue EP)
Ghana
Amir Eid
Ana Negm (RIVO)
Egypt
Dadju
Ima(From the movie "IMA")
DRC
Eltee Skhillz
ODG (The Blood Convenant Movie)
Nigeria
Mohamed Osama & Karim Mahmoud (Ahmed Tarik Yahia)
EL GHAZALA RAYE2A (ZEKO)
Egypt
Stephane Legar
Speed Llife (From Sonic 2 Le Film)

From Sonic 2 Le Film
Togo
Tems & Marvel (Winner)
No Woman No Cry (Black Panther Wakanda Forever Prologue EP)
Nigeria
Wegz
B3oda Ya Belady(From the film "Captains Of Zaatari")
Egypt

Best Global Act

Anitta (Winner)
Mon Soleil (By Dadju)
Brazil
Brandy
Somebody's Son (By Tiwa Savage)
USA
Chris Brown
Call Me Everyday Ft. Wizkid/Monalisa Remix By Lojay X Sarz/Nobody Has to Know Ft. Davido/Diana By Fireboy DML/Time & Affection By Rema
USA
Drake
Fountains Ft. Tems, Tresor
Canada
Ed Sheeran
Peru Remix (By Fireboy DML)/For My Hand (Burna Boy)
Great Britain
Justin Bieber
Essence Remix (By Wizkid)/Attention By Omah Lay
Canada
Maluma
Mama Tetema Ft. Rayvanny
Colombia
Popcaan
Toni-Ann Singh (By Burna Boy)
Jamaican
Tyga
Touch it Remix (By KiDi)
USA
Vitaa
Prends Ma Main (By Maitre Gims & Vitaa)
France

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Renowned Senegalese singer and guitaristBaaba Maalhas shared a new single called "Agreement." The song is the fourth track on his upcoming album Being, which is slated to be released on March 31st, 2023.

"Agreement," a percussion-heavy record produced by Johan Hugo, fuses both ancient and modern rhythms, and continues Baaba Maal's ongoing musical quest to connect the past and the present, while making lasting cultural and emotional connections through music.

While discussing the record, Baaba Maal dissects the meaning of the song and explains that it draws inspiration from day-to-day relationships.

“Agreement is about the relationships you make in your life, whether they are with friends, musicians, neighbors, people you love,” says Baaba Maal. ”When you say to people, we are going on this journey through life together, through good times and bad, you should be very sure that you mean it.”

The Senegalese legend continues breaking down the meaning of the song by explaining it through a cultural lens.

“It’s based on a proverb from my community — to say no at the beginning to the idea that we will always be together is much stronger and more noble that beginning a relationship and then cutting it short later, maybe forty years later. Be mature enough to take seriously an agreement you make with someone about the future, about your souls being connected,” says Maal.

After a seven-year music hiatus, "Agreement" is one of Maal's new releases, and he will continue to share his music in the coming months with fans. In addition to releasing his upcoming album, the Poor-born icon will be performing at the Barbican in London, for the first time in 20 years on May 30th, 2023.

Maal'sBeing is a riveting extension of his pioneering, transcendent, and inspiring four-decade legacy that has blended the traditional and the innovative, the acoustic and the electronic over the years. For being, Maal reportedly partnered with long-time producer Johan Hugo, and recorded the body of work in Brooklyn, London and Senegal. Watch the visualizer for "Agreement" below.

Listen to Baaba Maal "Agreement" below.

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