Sheebah Karungi and Irene Namatovu are the only Ugandan nominees in the 6th AFRIMA awards. In the above pic, Namatovus is armed with a 23.9 Gold carat AFRIMA trophy that she won last year for her Kuzala Kujagana song.
The 2019 nomination list for the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) is out. The nominees list that was released on August 14, 2019 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos did not have any male artists from Uganda.
The 6th All Africa Music Awards Nominee was compiled by a 13-man-jury that carefully reviewed the 8,157 songs/videos that were received from the AFRIMA online portal that closed on August 2, 2019.
Sheebah will be taking on Irene Namatovu in the nod of 'Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa' to compete at the 2019 awards ceremony for their songs 'Wankona' and 'Tweyanze' respectively.
"For Eastern Africa; we have great contenders including Sheebah from Uganda; Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania; Nikita Kering from Kenya with Tanzanian Diamond Platnumz, Rayvanny, Mboso, and Kenyan Khaligraph Jones and Nyashinski," A source on the AFRIMA website noted.
In the male category, the Wasafi crew got four nominations out of the eight that were listed for the 'Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa'.
'Inama' by Diamond Platnumz ft Fally Ipupa, 'Never Give Up' by Harmonize, 'Hodari' by Mbosso and 'Tetema' by Rayvanny ft Diamond Platnumz were listed. Khaligraph Jones from Kenya was also nominated.
The AFRIMA team also revealed how they arrived at the nominees.
"Drawing from their pool of experience and professionalism, the 13-man jury, guided by the AFRIMA acronym FACEIT which stands for Fairness, Authenticity, Creativity, excellence, Integrity, and Transparency underwent a week-long process of thoroughly screening, categorizing, assessing, and grading from the thousands of entries in order to arrive at the best reflection of rich and creative talents embedded in African music, reviewed songs were produced between the period of August 1, 2018, to August 2, 2019."
AFRIMA 2019 Nominees for the category of Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa
The AFRIMA online voting platform is set to open to the public on Sunday, September 1 and will run till November 22, where both continental and regional nominees in the 36 AFRIMA awarding categories will compete against one another for the coveted 23.9 carats gold-plated AFRIMA Trophy.