Eddy Kenzo, Alikiba, Nandy and Locko make it among Africa’s top celebrated stars, feted at the just concluded annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) held last Sunday 12th November 2017. They were among winners unveiled at a night of music celebration event held at the Eko Hotel Convention Center in Lagos, Nigeria.
Eddy Kenzo’s 2017 was marked by the success of his new album “BIOLOGY”. He had 4 AFRIMA nominations under which he clinched two of biggest awards of the night for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Male Artiste’ in East Africa.
Speaking of his win, he says, “I am so happy and I feel so blessed. This is too much! Winning Album of the year and Best Artiste in East Africa is not easy since we have so a lot of talented artists in East Africa. To win such a big award is a dream come true,” sending to fellow artists: “I am just here to encourage all the youth and new artists to keep their head up, they can make it. We need to win more awards in East Africa.”
He was nominated alongside Alikiba. “I also congratulate Alikiba and all artists who were nominated in my categories and all East African artists. I am so proud of each of you. May God bless Africa.”
Bongo music royalty, Alikiba, received a nod for Best African Collaboration and Best African R&B and Soul Awards for his smash hit “Aje” that featured Nigerian rapper M.I Abaga.
Fast rising Tanzanian female singer, Nandy, known for her hit songs “One Day” and “Nagusa Gusa” is already leaving a mark in her industry. She won AFRIMA award for Best Female Artiste East Africa.
AFRIMA category of Best Male Artiste in Central Africa included Anselmo Ralph (Angola) and Locko, with Locko receiving the award. Speaking of his win, he says, “I want to give a shout out to all my fans (Lockomotives) for giving me this award. This was the one I was expecting the least and I am now going home with it. I am really happy and I will keep working hard.”