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Ode to Rousseau

Spotlight: Sensuality Meets Acceptance in Zandile Tshabalala's Self-Portraits

Get familiar with the provocative works of Soweto-born South African artist, Zandile Tshabalala.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight South African self-portrait artist Zandile Tshabalala. Her debut solo exhibition titled "Enter Paradise" is set to be showcased at the ADA \ contemporary art galleryin Accra, Ghana from February 25th to *March 26th. The exhibition features acrylic paintings depicting sensuous Black women at one with their bodies and sexual nature. Follow Tshabalala's work on both Facebook and Instagram.

*The exhibition has now been extended to April 18th.

Responses have have been edited for length and clarity.


When did your journey as an artist begin?

I've always been in touch with my creative side. I used to draw a lot of paper dolls when I was in primary school and I wanted to be a fashion designer. I got introduced to fine art in grade 10 when I took visual art classes and made the decision to study art further. My family and I were not in agreement with this decision so I would say that studying art was a way for me to rebel (we eventually came to terms as my passion and dedication were evident). Although I've always made art, it is only in 2019/2020 that my works began to be publicly recognized and that I began to be taken seriously as a practicing artist.

What kind of visual artist would you describe yourself as?

I'd describe myself as a figurative, self-portrait artist with a lot of imagination.

What would you say are the central messages/themes in your work?

Representation, rest, self-reflection, body positivity and dreamscapes are what I tackle most. As I continue painting and engaging with my curiosity, my work evolves.

Enter Paradise is your latest exhibition at ADA \ contemporary art gallery. Tell me what the inspiration behind that is.

The inspiration behind "Enter Paradise" comes from a series I did titled "Paradise" that is heavily influenced by the likes of Henri Rousseau. The term "paradise" itself has been central in my thinking and also in my living as I had to find and make a utopia out of the most mundane activities and spaces. Observing and reflecting led me to a different kind of paradise that is always present but often overlooked. It is the exhale and the moments of simple leisure that I was mostly interested in for this particular show.

The Black female figure at the heart of this exhibition is visually quite distinct. Explain that a bit more.

The woman that is depicted is myself. I do not aim or aspire to depict an exact likeness, but rather a reflection that is more internal. My paintings are very reflective of the artist and sometimes there are clues in there as to how I think and who I am. I had the pleasure of having my first male muse also in the show (I'll leave it to my audience to spot him).

Take a look at some of Tshabalala's work below:

Zandile Tshabalala - OkayAfricaEnter Paradise ICourtesy of the artist and of ADA \ contemporary art gallery.

Zandile Tshabalala - OkayAfrica


Enter Paradise IICourtesy of the artist and of ADA \ contemporary art gallery.


Ode to Rousseau IICourtesy of the artist and of ADA \ contemporary art gallery.


Study of a Nude (Self)Courtesy of the artist and of ADA \ contemporary art gallery.


Scrolling Courtesy of the artist and of ADA \ contemporary art gallery.


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Proud Nude I
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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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Another year is here, and true to form, so is another African iteration of the widely-watched reality TV show, Big Brother. Titled Big Brother Titans, it’s a calculated mashup of South Africa and Nigerian versions of the franchise. With a 24-hour live feed broadcast from Johannesburg, the show will see 20 hopefuls from both nations go head-to-head for the ultimate prize of $100,000, and the opportunity to become the latest star to emerge from the much-loved television show.

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Ahmed Ololade Asake, popularly known as Asake, drops a new single for 2023 called "Yoga." The "Mr. Money" crooner shared the single along with a vibrant music video which depicts a deep, spirited, message that is expertly interwoven into the the song, and is primarily sung in the Yoruba language. According to Asake, the song is about peace and zen.

“The song is about minding my business and guarding my peace so no one can disrupt it,” says Asake. The Nigerian artist, who has consistently been releasing hits ever since he became a mainstream sensation, took to social media in the early hours of January 30th, 2023, shared a snippet of the new record with his followers.

The music video, which was directed by celebrated cinematographer TG Omori, boasts of colorful imagery and was shot in Dakar, Senegal. Last year was a highly-successful year for the YBNL signee, with us claiming that 2022 Was the Year of Asake, and stating that the singer's "clear-cut domination of the year was without a doubt."

According to that previous OkayAfrica essay, the Nigerian megastar has historically drawn inspiration from street-hop sonic influencers like DaGrin, Lord Of Ajasa, and Olamide, who poured the hardships in their lives into their music. In "Yoga," Asake uses his signature sonic blend of Fuji music, merged with spiritual affirmations.

Following his debut album Mr. Money With The Vibe, Asake set the tone for a streak of musical success that has been celebrated by Okay Africa's curated music lists, including Best Nigerian Songs of 2022 and Best Afrobeats Songs of 2022.

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Burna Boy's global smash "Last Last" is set to receive yet another accolade.

Burna Boy released a global anthem when he shared "Last Last" with the world.

The song, which samples Toni Braxton’s "He Wasn’t Man Enough," quickly became the biggest hit of The African Giant's career. And, according to Chart Data, the record has now surpassed onemillion units in sales in the United States. The record is now eligible to receive a Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The global superstar released "Last Last," in the summer of 2022, and it soon became one of the most memorable records off of his sixth studio album Love, Damini .

Asides from becoming a fan-favorite, the record also quickly became a global phenomenon, earning it multiple weeks on the Billboard 100, where it peaked at No. 44. This is not Burna Boy's first run at the rodeo with an RIAA certification. He also previously received a gold plaque for his 2018 smash hit 'YE,' which played a big role in helping him to amass a growing, loyal fan base.

The celebrated singer continues to make a mark both home and abroad, and in addition to his RIAA recognition, he was featured on Popcaan's latest album Greater Is He. Everything seems to be falling in line for Africa's Giant. He's also set to headline Burna Boy Afro Nation Miami, alongside Wizkid, in May.

Last year, we spoke to Chopstix about crafting the song. He told us:

“Bro, as soon as this song was done — as soon as I hit export — Burna and I had a moment where we looked at each other and we knew that we had caused trouble."

"Trouble" is an understatement.

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