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Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Asake dominate the Afrima Awards 2023

Africa's star musicians gathered on the red carpet for the annual All Africa Music Awards last weekend to celebrate the continent's brightest talent.

The four-day event culminated in an awards ceremony held on the outskirts of the Senegalese capital of Dakar on Sunday evening, featuring performers such as Nigeria's P-Square and Tiwa Savage, Mali's Rokia Kone and Senegalese singer Youssou N' dour. It featured performances by some of Africa's most popular musicians. and Baba Maal.

Ivory Coast singer Didi B was named Song of the Year for her performance of "Tara". Taking the stage in front of a raucous crowd, he thanked his peers and said it was his first award of the year.

Both the award for Best African Act and the award for Best Album went to Nigerian megastar Burna Boy.

Davido and Wizkid, global icons of Afrobeats, also won. For his collaboration with Adekunle Gold, Davido won the awards for Best African Pop for "High" and Best Inspirational Song for "Stand Strong." The award for the Best West African Act went to Wizkid.

After sweeping his 2022 in an unprecedented run, Asake earned Breakout His Artist of the Year.

This is the eighth edition of his AFRIMA and the first held in a French-speaking country. Nigeria has hosted most of the events, including the latest in Lagos City in 2021. At the event, Malian singer Ibrahim Mahadou, known as Iba His One, and his Philly Sissoko won Best of His Album. This year, One won best songwriter.

AFRIMA aims to connect African musicians with the global market while embracing the continent's cultural diversity and heritage, organizers say.

“This is a very exciting moment for African music and we are proud that these artists have reached multiple markets both nationally and internationally,” said Mike Dada, executive director of the event. I'm here.

This year's competition saw him submit more than 9,000 entries, the highest since its inception in 2014. Winners were judged against over 380 entries in 39 categories representing five African regions and diasporas.

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