The star musicians of Africa walked the red carpet at the recent All Africa Music Awards, which celebrate the best talent on the continent.
An awards ceremony held outside of Dakar, Senegal, on Sunday evening brought the four-day festival to a close. It featured performances from some of the continent’s most well-known artists, including Nigeria’s P-Square and Tiwa Savage, Mali’s Rokia Kone, and Senegal’s Youssou N’dour and Baaba Maal.
Didi B, an Ivorian singer, won the best song of the year award for his performance of “Tala.” He thanked his colleagues and acknowledged the fact that this was his first award of the year as he ascended the stage in front of an animated crowd.
The rapper, singer, and songwriter from Ivory Coast said, “I dedicate it to my fans and my mother.
Nigerian superstar Burna Boy took home the awards for Best Album and Best African Act.
International superstars of afrobeats Davido and Wizkid also won. With Adekunle Gold, Davido won Best African Pop for “High” and Best Inspirational Song for “Stand Strong.” The Best West African Act prize went to Wizkid.
Asake won Breakout Artist of the Year after dominating 2022 with an exceptional run.
This was the first AFRIMA to be held in a French-speaking nation, and it was the eighth edition. The majority of the occasions have occurred in Nigeria, including the most recent one in Lagos in 2021 where Mali singer Iba One won best album. This year, only one was recognized as the best songwriter.
According to its organizers, AFRIMA aims to embrace the cultural diversity and heritage of the continent while also introducing African musicians to international markets.
“This is such an exciting time for African music,” said Mike Dada, the event’s executive director, “and we are proud of the way these artists have been able to cross over to several markets both on the home front and even globally.”
The most entries since the contest’s inception in 2014 were submitted this year, totaling over 9,000. The winners beat out more than 380 entries from five different African regions and the diaspora in 39 categories.