The much-anticipated African Muzic Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA), which held at the weekend, has again confirmed hip-hop act David Adeleke, aka davido, as an artiste to be reckoned with in 2014 – the singer again, clinched the diadem for Artiste of the Year and Best Male West Africa, making it the third of such award this year.
Davido had contested the category with three other Nigerian artistes; Wizkid, Iyanya and Flavour; two Ghanaian acts, Sarkodie and Shatta Wale and Ivorian singer, DJ Arafat.
As though destined for the same journey, Tiwa Savage, who alongside Davido won the Best Female Act in the MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA) also beat her West African counterparts at the AFRIMMA award. She defeated Nigeria’s Chidimma, Senegal’s Viviane Chidid, Ivory Coast’s Teeyah, Benin Republic’s Sessima and Ghana’s Efya.
The musical renditions were part of the activities that made the night thick. Expectedly, the show featured spectacular performances from top artistes from Africa, including a duet from hip hop act, Tuface Idibia and Grammy award-winning rapper, Faheem Najm, alias T-pain.
During the award show which held at the Eisemann Center, Richardson, Texas, the two singing sensations thrilled the crowd individually and jointly. Their duet was the remix of Tuface’s song, Rainbow, which features the American star. The song is Tuface’s popular single on his 2012 album, Away & Beyond.
Anchored by comedian Basketmouth and Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim, the show also featured performances by Kcee (Song of the Year), Iyanya (Best Dance in a Video) and Flavour (Best Video of the Year) among others.
AFRIMMA’s founder Anderson Obiagwu who was excited about the success of the show, noted that his company was determined to sustain the drive towards a world-class African awards show through what he described as its “crossing boundaries with music”.
Other winners at the awards are: Best DJ Africa 2014- Dj Black (Ghana), Best African DJ USA 2014 – Dj Josh (Kenya), Best Male East Africa 2014- Diamond (Tanzania), Best Female East Africa 2014- Lady Jaydee (Tanzania), Best Male Central Africa 2014 – Fally Pupa (Congo), Best Female Central Africa 2014- Gasha ( Cameroon), Best Male Southern Africa 2014- Khuli Chana (South Africa), Best African Group 2014- P-square (Nigeria), Best Male Diaspora 2014- Fuse ODG (Ghana), Best Female Diaspora 2014- Les Nubians (Cameroon), Best Female Southern Africa 2014- Zahara (South Africa), Best Dancehall Artist 2014 – Timaya (Nigeria), Best Gospel Artiste 2014- Bahati (Kenya), Best Traditional Artist 2014- Flavour (Nigeria), Best Newcomer 2014- Stanley Enow (Cameroon), Best Video Director 2014- Ogopa Dj’s (Kenya), Music Producer of the year 2014- Dj Oskido (South Africa), Best Dance Group 2014- Imagineto (Nigeria), Best Rap Act 2014- Sarkodie (Ghana), Best Collaboration 2014- Mafikizolo ft Uhuru (Khona) (South Africa), Leadership in Music Award 2014- 2face Idibia, Legendary Award 2014- Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Transformational Leadership Award 2014- Chief Dr. Godswill Akpabio.