Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Here are the 2019 AFRIMMA Nominees

Burna Boy, Wizkid and Rema lead this year's African Muzik Magazine Award nominations.

The nominees for the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA), which recognizes the biggest talent from across the continent, have been announced.

Leading the charge is none other than Nigeria's Burna Boy, who earned seven nominations across a range of categories that include Best Male West Africa, Best Collaboration, Best Live Act, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and more. Wizkid follows closely after with five, earning a nomination for Best Collaboration for his feature on Beyoncé's "Brown Skin Girl." Rising Nigerian artist Rema also earned several nominations, including "Best Newcomer."

Other nominees include Mali's Aya Nakamura, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Niniola, Teni and more, who are all nominated for Best Female West Africa. Victoria Kimani, Vanessa Mdee, and Uganda's Rema Namakula all bagged Best Female East Africa nominations.

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Watch Gemini Major, Nasty C & Tellaman’s Music Video for ‘Right Now’

Gemini Major shares the visuals for his single 'Right Now.'

Gemini Major just released the music video for "Right Now," his latest single, featuring Nasty C and Tellaman. "Right Now" is a certified street banger, built around an ice cold bassline that's as big as the three artists lacing it.

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Here Are The Most Streamed South African Songs, Albums and Artists on Apple Music

Nasty C is the most streamed South African artist on Apple Music.

Nasty C has been the most streamed South African artist on Apple Music in the last four years. His sophomore album Strings and Bling is also the most streamed South African and African album on the streaming platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is according to a newly released set of list of the most streamed artists, songs, playlists and albums on the platform.

The list of top South African artists on Apple Music also includes the likes of Joyous Celebration, AKA, Sjava, Cassper Nyovest and a few more.

Strings and Bling is followed by Mlindo The Vocalist's Emakhaya, AKA's Touch My Blood and Sjava's Umqhele.

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Nasty C’s Leap of Faith Into Unlikely Superstardom

Interview: With the success of his debut album, Nasty C reflects on doubting his music would resonate in South Africa earlier in his flourishing career.

"I didn't see it happening in this sense," Nasty C says about the success of his sophomore album, Strings and Bling, which was released a year ago. The number of streams for the album, including music videos, totaled up to 60 million. The equivalent sales for Strings and Bling equal to double platinum by RiSA certification regulations.

To make this announcement, Universal Music Group South Africa, which Nasty C is signed to, has gathered a select number of journalists and Nasty C's producers, collaborators and acquaintances at a cozy venue in Maboneng in the Joburg city centre.

To kick the night off, a documentary about Nasty C's trip to Japan and a rough cut of his music video for "Strings and Bling" are screened while the rapper sits in front of the audience alongside the host for the night, hip-hop aficionado Scoop Makhathini, with his eyes glued to the screen.

In the documentary, Nasty C speaks about how liberating and life-changing the trip was. He explains that it felt great being able to be a normal 22-year-old again, who could roam the streets and randomly break into a dance routine and frolic without diverting everyone's attention to him. He admires the food and fashion, and makes friends who he ends up in studio with. The street style in Japan inspired him to go back to customizing his own clothes by scribbling and making holes on them, he says. A practice he says he stopped to avoid standing out.

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