Uganda's artistes nominated for African Music awards in the US

By Vision Reporter

The African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA), the sole award ceremony in the Diaspora that caters to all musical genres that include (but not limited to): Afrobeats, Assiko, Bongo, Decale, Funana, Genge, Highlife, Hiplife, Kwaito, Lingala and Soukous, is set to award the continent’s finest.

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-Chameleone to battle South African based Ugandan dancehall star  MC Norman
-Eddy Kenzo nominated as Best New Artiste
-Nigerians dominate the awards nominee list

By Joseph Batte

African music has been making waves on the international for decades. Thanks to artistes like Miriam Makeba, Tabu Ley, our own Geofrey Oryema, Sempeke, Kinobe, Samite. Very few artistes have been recognized for their work.
Now   African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA), the sole award ceremony in the Diaspora that caters to all musical genres that include (but not limited to): Afrobeats, Assiko, Bongo, Decale, Funana, Genge, Highlife, Hiplife, Kwaito, Lingala and Soukous, is set to award the continent’s finest.

The first award ceremony will occur on July 26th, 2014 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, Texas. The Eisemann Center has been recognized by clients, patrons and the media as one of the leading performing arts facilities serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

AFRIMMA’s vision  has been  endorsed by some of the biggest African artists such as Fuse ODG (UK), Lira (South Africa), Tuface Idibia (Nigeria), Flavour Nabania (Nigeria), Miriam Chemmoss (Tanzania) , Avril (Kenya), Afro Mask (Ghana/ United Kingdom) , Nonini (Kenya), Chub Heightz (Botswana) and many more. Uganda has been very well represented the awards. The list includes Ugandan who will grace the occasion to be held in Texas  includes  Rema and  Irene Ntale (Best Female East Africa) Bebe Cool, Navio(Best Male East Africa) Mozey Radio and Weasel (Best African Group)l, South African-based MC Norman, Chameleone  (Best Dancehall Artist) Eddy Kenzo(Best Newcomer) Nash Wonder  for (Producer) and DJ Shiru (Best  DJ Africa).

The surprise name is MC Norman (Real name Norman Ganja) who is set the square up with fellow Ugandan Jose Chameleone for the Best African Dancehall Artist .Well; it should not be surprise that Mc Norman.
MC Norman is the son of Afrigo band’s Eddy Ganja, one of the finest guitarists that Uganda has ever produced.    
MC Norman is following in the footsteps of his father. But not as a dancehall reggae artiste. And, if we are to go by the noise emanating from South Africa, he seems to be filling the void  which was created when Lucky Dube died.
 Dube, it seems took with him not only his rare legacy, but reggae as a whole. Few musicians dare do reggae songs in South Africa although it is still a relevant genre.

MC Norman  has been has been stirring things his 11 track ‘Lover’s Rock’ which is steeped in  deep reggae roots yet  tweaked to meet current musical trends.
Although Uganda seems to be well presented,  Nigeria, who music has been sweeping the continent like a wildfire in recent years, is the most represented nation in all the music categories.

” AFRIMMA is a highly anticipated award show celebrating the beauty of African music and artistry. This event will not only celebrate the music of Africa, but celebrates the unique sounds, culture and artists that tell the stories of our continent as a whole” said Anderson Obiagwu, Founder of Afrimma.
“AFRIMMA represents growth, celebration and pushing the culture and music of Africa continuously forward for the better. It will be an amazing night celebrating the artist who have influenced and impacted the culture as well as the pioneers who laid the framework for the music of today.”

The award will honor some of the world’s top African celebrity musical artists, managers, producers, dj’s, and cultural influencers. The star studded event will attract guests from various cities throughout the United States as well as guests and honorees from over 17 African Countries.

This eagerly awaited event will be hosted by International Celebrity Comedian, Basket Mouth along with Nollywood Beauty Sensation and Actress, Juliet Ibrahim and   will also feature exclusive performances from some of the most sought after musicians, dancers and artist from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, South Africa and more.

The elegant venue boasts an impressive track record of high profile events which include theater productions, concerts, and various performance art related events. Confirmed artists include Iyanya, 2face, Les Nubians, D3 Dancers, Stanley Enow, Flavour, Davido, Diamond Platinumz ,Fally Ipupa, Wyre, Miriam Chemmoss and more.

Red Carpet Arrivals will begin at 7:00 p.m. on July 26th, 2014, and the award show will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. The Eisemann Center is located at 2351 Performance Dr, Richardson, TX 75082.
Below is the full nomination list of 1st Award Ceremony
Best Male West Africa
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Iyanya (Nigeria)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Dj Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Davido (Nigeria)
Shatta Wale (Ghana)
Flavour Nabania (Nigeria)
Best Female West Africa
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Viviane Chidid (Senegal)
Teeyah (Ivory Coast)
Sessima (Benin)
Efya (Ghana)

Best Male East Africa        
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Ben Pol (Tanzania)
Bebe Cool (Uganda)         
Wyre (Kenya)
Navio (Uganda)
Jackie Gosee (Ethiopia)

Best Female East Africa
Rema (Uganda)
Aster Aweke (Ethiopia)
Avril (Kenya)
Lady Jaydee (Tanzania)
Victoria Kimani (Kenya)
Irene Ntale (Uganda)
Best Male Central Africa
Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)
Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Ferre Gola (Congo)
Privato "Lill'P" Niyintunze (Burundi)
Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
Best Female Central Africa
Arielle T (Gabon)
Suzanna Lubrano (Cape Verde)
Gasha (Cameroon)
Lady Ponce ( Cameroon)
Ceuzeny (Cape Verde)
Ary (Angola)

Best Male Southern Africa                 
Aka (South Africa)
Zeus (Botswana)
Donald (South Africa)
Slap Dee (Zambia)
Khuli Chana (South Africa)
Stunner (Zimbabwe)
Tha Dogg (Namibia)
Best Female Southern Africa
Lira (South Africa)
Toya De Lazy (South Africa)
Judy (Zambia)
Zahara (South Africa)
Kearoma Rantao (Botswana)
Lizha James (Mozambique)

Best Male Diaspora        
Fuse ODG
Tinnie Tempah
French Montana

Best African Group
Psquare (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
R2bee's (Ghana)
Bracket (Nigeria)
Radio and Weasel (Uganda)
Toofan (Togo)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best Female Diaspora
Miriam Chemmoss (Kenya)
Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde)
Bumi Thomas (Nigeria)
STL (Kenya)
Les Nubians(Cameroun)
Nneka (Nigeria)
Dencia (Cameroon)      

Best Dancehall Artist        
Samini (Ghana)
Wyre (Kenya)
Timaya (Nigeria)
MC Norman (Uganda)
Dr. Jose Chameleon (Uganda)
Shatta Wale (Ghana)

Best Gospel Artiste
Nikki Laoye (Nigeria)
Sonnie Badu (Ghana)
Icha kavons (Congo)
Bahati (Kenya)
Ntokozo Mbambo (South Africa)
Emmy Kosgei (Kenya)
Uche Agu (Nigeria)

Best Dance in a Video
Iyanya – Lekwaukwu
Kcee – Limpopo
Guru – Alkayida
Davido – Skelewu
P-Square – Personally

Best Traditional Artist
Flavour (Nigeria)
Kwabena Kwabena (Ghana)
Bassekou Kouyate (Mali)
Sayicology (South Africa)
Mrisho Topo (Tanzania)
Stanlux (Togo)
Tunakie (Namibia)

Best Newcomer
Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Nakhane Toure (South Africa)
Joey B (Ghana)
Phyno (Nigeria)
Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)
Sage (Kenya)

Best Video Director
Clarence Peters (Nigeria)
Ogopa DJ's (Kenya)
Patrick Ellis (Nigeria)
Klasszik & JKP STUDIO (Angola)
Pharoah Films (Ghana
Godfather (South Africa)
Justin Campos (South Africa)

Best African DJ - USA
DJ Shinski (Kenya)
DJ Josh (Kenya)
DJ Fully Focus (Kenya)
DJ Amin (Ethiopia)
DJ Dee Money (NG/US)
DJ Ronnie (GH/US)
Dj Ecool (Nigeria)
Best DJ Africa
Dj Jimmy Jatt (Nigeria)
Dj Exclusive (Nigeria)
Dj Joe Mfalme (Kenya)
Dj Cndo (South Africa)
Dj Black (Ghana)
Dj Creme de la Creme (Kenya)
DJ Shiru (Uganda)

Best Video of the Year
Psquare – Personally
Sarkodie – Illuminati
Mafikizolo ft Uhuru – Khona
Diamond Platnumz – Number One
Flavour - Ada Ada
Anselmo Ralph – Unica Mulher

Music Producer of the year          
Shizzi (Nigeria)
Killbeatz (Ghana)
Dj Oskido (South Africa)
Nash Wonder (Uganda)
Sheddy Clever (Tanzania)
Ogopa (Kenya)
Don Jazzy (Nigeria)

Best Rap Act
Sarkodie (Ghana)
AKA (South Africa)
Olamide (Nigeria)
Phyno (Nigeria)
Octopizzo (Kenya)
M.anifest (Ghana)
Zeus (Botswana)

Best Dance Group
CEO Dancers
Unique Silver Dancers
Afro Mask
Imagineto Dance Company
D3 Dancers

Best Collabo
2face ft Tpain
Diamondz ft Davido - Number One Remix
Mafikizolo ft Uhuru – Khona
Dr Sid ft Don Jazzy,
Phyno, Wizkid - Surulere Remix
Amani ft Radio and Weasel – ‘Kiboko Changu’ (Kenya/Uganda)
Jmartins ft DJ Arafat - Touching body
R2bess and Wizkid - Slow down

Song of the Year
Davido - Skelewu (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat Uhuru - Khona (South Africa)
KCee - Limpopo (Nigeria)
P Square – Personally (Nigeria)
Yuri Da Cunha - Atchu Tchu Tcha (Angola)
Fuse ODG feat Wyclef - Antenna Remix (Ghana)
L.A.X feat Wizkid - Caro (Nigeria)
Diamond feat Davido - Number One Remix (Tanzania)

Artist of the Year
Flavour (Nigeria)
Davido (Nigeria)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Anselmo Ralph - A Dor do Cupido (Angola)
Jaguar (Kenya)

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Uganda''s artistes nominated for African Music awards in the US