Africa’s star musicians hit the red carpet this past weekend at the annual All Africa Music Awards, celebrating the continent’s best talent.
The four-day event culminated Sunday evening at an awards ceremony on the outskirts of Senegal’s capital, Dakar. It included performances from some of Africa’s most popular musicians, including Nigeria’s P-Square and Tiwa Savage, Mali’s Rokia Kone and Senegalese singers Youssou N’Dour and Baaba Maal.
Ivorian rapper Didi B won best song of the year for his rap song “Tala”. Ascending the stage in front of a boisterous audience, he thanked his colleagues and said it was his first award of the year.
This was the eighth edition of AFRIMA and the first to be held in a French-speaking country. Nigeria has hosted most of the events, including the last one in Lagos in 2021, where the Malian singer Ibrahim Mahamadou Fily Sissoko, known as Iba One, won in the best album category. This year, Iba One was recognised as the best songwriter.
Other well-known singers also collected awards on Sunday, including Nigerian Afrobeat star Burna Boy, who won the best act in Africa award. Another Nigerian, Asake, won breakout artist of the year, and Wizkid won the best act in West Africa award.
AFRIMA aims to connect African musicians to global markets while embracing the continent’s cultural diversity and heritage, organisers say.
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