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Hermanus's Acclaimed 'Moffie' is Probably Not for Black Queers

For all its accomplishments, the success of 'Moffie' lies in creating a cinematic experience for which Black people are probably not the target market.

This essay is part of OkayAfrica's SA Reframed series, featuring personal writing from some of South Africa's best young writers edited by Verashni Pillay.

Since its Johannesburg premiere, I have been unsettled by Oliver Hermanus's latest film, Moffie, loosely based on the titular autobiographical novel by Andre-Carl van der Merwe. The film, follows a teen conscript's journey through the army into the brutal "Border War" in northern Namibia and southern Angola, and then back into apartheid society again as a man.

As he moves from his send-off party at home, to his training camp and then to the front, we see our protagonist, Nicholas van der Swart (played by Kai Luke Brummer), trying to make sense of his desire for men inside the cauldron of apartheid's violent masculinity.


Roughly 600 000 youths were processed through the apartheid army, many of whom would have to return for short-term training camps to keep them fit for war. Through Nicholas's eyes, Hermanus gives us an unfiltered view of what life in the army must have been like for this generation of men, and the culture that groomed them for it.

The film has been received with critical acclaim at home and abroad, with every review bringing into focus Hermanus's remarkable vision in producing a rich and sensory experience of the entanglement of risk, violence and desire at a particular time and place in South Africa's history.

The acclaim is deserved, in many ways. The themes Hermanus explores are universal... but here's the crux. His characters are not. They are all white. Apartheid's army was white. By itself, this shouldn't be a problem. The film is set in a particular moment in South Africa's recent history, where these white characters in a white army have a distinctly white experience under a white supremacist social order. But its decided refusal to examine the cost of their context and choices to their and our collective humanity only edifies the tired trope of South Africa's whites as apartheid's facile victims rather than its passive collaborators.

For queer men in South Africa, the word moffie, which carries the equivalence of stabane or faggot, is layered with experiences of shame, exclusion and violence. The slur functions as both a boundary defining the limits of masculinity, as well as a consequence for its transgression.

At home, on the playground and in society, we knew that to be called a moffie was to have failed at performing received scripts of masculinity in some way, and that to be identified as one was to not only lose the esteem of your community but to be deservedly punished by it.

Moffie is not a safe territory to inhabit, as those of us who grew up under apartheid's shadow well-know. Conforming to the script of heterosexual masculinity was necessary for our survival, and the consequence of being a moffie was often calamitous, and sometimes even deadly.

Queer men were faced with impossible choices when it came to exploring their desire for one another - to deny themselves and be rewarded for keeping to the script, or to live as themselves and brace themselves for the punishment of certain social death.

This intimate knowledge of living at risk from society is a shared territory for gay men in South Africa, and it is this territory that Hermanus enlists us to explore through Nicholas and his platoon's coming of age. Moffie is not a political film, it's a film about gay shame.

The first time we hear moffie in the film, the slur is relentlessly barked at the fresh conscripts as they are being processed into the army. And every time we hear it, thereafter, it lands with a very credible threat of violence, or its very brutal enactment.

Each time the word is uttered, it is clarified for us that to be a moffie is shameful and something to be despised. Every time it lands, the shame clings to the body and gets under the skin, and we understand that moffies are enemies of society like the very "kaffirs and communists" that these boys were being trained to kill at the border.

The tension between these impossible choices and their implications for their survival are really what hold this film together, and their everyday-ness is presented with dramatic effect through Nicholas's eyes.

Very early in the film he has to choose whether to participate in the obscene racist assault of a Black man at a train station he passes through on his way to train for a racist war. He then has to choose whether to participate in the violent male bonding rituals that go on in the barracks or face the shame of being identified among the moffies of his platoon. At the height of the film, he has to choose whether to give in to himself and his desire, and risk the cruel and degrading medical abuse that awaited moffies in the infamous Ward 22.

Hermanus's handling of these choices really brings to bear how coercive the apartheid system was on its youth. It's difficult to come out of Moffie without a sense of how damaging it was to the humanity of even its foot soldiers. In a cultural moment that has neither the space nor the patience for discussing white victimhood, Hermanus really challenges us to, at least, consider the humanity of these guys, and understand them within the rigidly defined limits of their context.

And this is really where the film becomes tricky to watch from a Black position. Perhaps because of the source material, or the proficiency with which Hermanus realises white apartheid logics on-screen, Moffie also reads in ways which are uncomfortably ambivalent about the culpability of its characters in apartheid's war.

We learn a great deal about their brainwashing, their intimate desires and the depths of their languishing, but we don't learn very much about how they reckoned with their entanglement in apartheid ideology as its pawns and agents. By contrast, the only Black people we glimpse, on each end of the film, are seen through white eyes. They have no names nor interior landscapes. They function only as objects of white violence, elaborating things we already know about the character of the white people this film is about.

To suspend our disbelief and fully participate in the magic Hermanus creates on the screen, we have to accept that these conscripted youths did what they had to survive apartheid or they did not. We are called to accommodate rather than confront their culpability in apartheid if the universality of the themes Hermanus invites us to explore is to succeed.

This appeal to the universality of internalised homophobia in the experience of queer men, wherever they come from, are the key features by which some will want to locate Moffie in the queer archive. And maybe this is possible for the white Afrikaner and European markets in which Hermanus's films perform so well. But here, at home, Hermanus's failure – even refusal – to examine his characters' complicity in apartheid's war make this difficult - perhaps even impossible.

Rather than queer, Moffie offers only conservative frameworks to understand these boys by and, by implication, the gay men who fought in apartheid's war. It disconnects their internal conflict with gay shame under apartheid from its inherent entanglement with the white supremacist project apartheid was.

Black queer people who watch this film are, in effect, asked to build bridges of empathy and understanding without even the slightest examination of how, for white gay men, surviving apartheid's war depended on them playing their part in the ruthless destruction of Black and queer, and Black-and-queer lives.

In a social landscape where queer experience is still divided along racial lines, this seems like a bridge too far when the work of reckoning with the baggage of apartheid is still overwhelmingly carried by us. They are able to relive the erotic horror of apartheid through cinema, and we continue to live with its horrifying consequence at home.

Moffie is a gripping and deeply affecting film. It opens a window to the unspoken pain and consequence of apartheid on the sexuality and identity of a generation of queer men. But, for all its accomplishments, its success lies in a cinematic experience for which Black people are probably not the target market.

Sekoetlane Phamodi is a media development specialist currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He writes about media, culture and society.

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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)

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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

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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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