The All Africa Music Awards, 3rd edition, happened live on Sunday, 6th November 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria at the Convention Center Eko Hotels & Suites.
The event was hosted by Moroccan music star Ahmed Soultan; South African media personality Bonang Matheba and multi-talented bilingual Congolese TV Broadcaster and celebrity Ika Jong. However, the Red Carpet hosts were Denola Grey (Nigeria), Denrele Edun (Nigeria), Hauwa AllahBura (Nigeria); and Pam Happi (Cameroun)
There were live performances from Falz (Nigeria); VVIP (Ghana); Aramide (Nigeria); Brymo (Nigeria); Navio (Uganda); Daphne (Cameroon); Seyi Shay (Nigeria), Darey Art Alade (Nigeria) (backed by the Soweto Gospel Choir); P-Square; Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) plus a tribute to Papa Wemba!
The AFRIMA 2016 events was preceded by and African Music Business Summit roundtable then AFRIMA Music Village on Friday November, 4, 2016. This was a non-stop music concert with over 40 African artistes performing live at the Waterfront, Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.
The All Africa Music Awards is tailored to recognize and reward those who have given African music the most creative competitive edge in the global market within the year under review. Over 154 nominees are campaigning for votes from the public for the various categories of awards. It is a partnership with the African Union Commission.
Here is the complete LIST OF AWARD WINNERS
The AU (African Union) breaks up Africa into five regions. AFRIMA has followed that template to create the award categories in each of these five regions. Eastern, Southern, Central, Northern and Western.
1. Best Male East Africa – Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
2. Best Female East Africa – Cindy Sanyu (Uganda)
3. Best Male South Africa – Black Coffee (South Africa)
4. Best female South Africa – Sally Boss Madam (Namibia)
5. Best Male Central Africa- Wax Dey (Cameroon)
6. Best Female Central Africa- Bruna Tatiana (Angola)
7. Best Male North Africa – DJ Van (Morocco)
8. Best Female North Africa- Zina Daoudia (Morocco)
9. Best Male West Africa – Flavour (Nigeria)
10. Best Female West Africa – Aramide (Nigeria)
AFRIMA went further and created categories for overall CONTINENT of AFRICA (continental) awards. The criteria for these categories are listed here.
11. Best Inspirational Female – Naomi Achu (Cameroon)
12. Best Inspirational Male – Icha Kavons (DR Congo)
12. Best Artiste/Duo/GroupBand in African Contemporary - Flavour (Nigeria)
14. Most Promising Artiste- Amine Aub (Morocco)
15. African Fans Favorite – Phyno (Nigeria)
16. SongWriter of the Year – Navio Uganda) + Unique for "Njogereza"
17. Producer of the Year - Kuseim (Uganda) [known for his creation for Eddy Kenzo "Mbilo Mbilo feat. Niniola"]
18. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Hiphop- Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
19. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Raggae & Dancehall- Patoranking (Nigeria)
20. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Traditional music- Zeynab (Benin)
21. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Electro -SuCh (Zimbabwe)
22. Best Artist/Duo/Group African RnB – Henok & Mehari Brothers (Ethiopia)
23. Best Artist/Duo/Group in African Rock -M’vula (Angola)
24. Best African Jazz – Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa)
25. Best African Group -VVIP (Ghana)
26. Best African Collaboration – Mbilo Mbilo by Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) ft Niniola (Nigeria)
27. Video of the Year – "Dogo Yaro" by VVIP (Ghana) Directed by Pascal Aka (Ghana)
28. Revelation of the Year – Falz (Nigeria)
29. Album of the Year – Ahmed Soultan (Morocco) for "Music Has no Boundaries"
30. Song of the Year - "Utanipenda" by Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
31. Artist of the Year -Wizkid (Nigeria)
These other awards were specially created for recognizing talent in other ways from the African continent.
32. AFRIMA Legendary Award – Manu Dibango (Cameroon)
33. Special Recognition Award - King Sunny Ade (Nigeria)