Malawi’s Afro Soul musician Lawi lost out in the Southern Africa’s Best Male Artist category he was nominated in at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) held Saturday night in Lagos, Nigeria.
Lawi, the only Malawian artist at the 2014 AFRIMAs, was nominated for the hit “The Whistling Song”.
He was competing against Angola’s Eddy Tussa and Kueno Aionda for their songs “Margaride” and “Isabe”, respectively, Zimbabwe’s Jah Prayzah for the song “Tsviriyo”, Namibia’s The Dogg feat Chesta for the song “Nuka” and the winner, South Africa’s Heavy K for the song “Beautiful War” feat. Professor.
“The Whistling Song”, released in 2013, is taken from the singer’s self-titled album “Lawi” and currently has about 28,450 views on YouTube while Heavy K’s “Beautiful War”, released in the same year, has over 752,950 views.
The awards were dominated by Nigerian artists, with Davido scooping the most awards namely Artist of the Year, Song of The Year, Best Male Artist in West Africa and Best African Hip-Hop song, while Olamide scooped the Album of the Year award for “Badest Guy ever liveth”.
Award for Producer of the Year went to Nigeria’s Don Jazzy for the song “Eminado”, sharing it with South Africa’s Robbie Malinga and Mojalefa Thebe for “Impilo”
Best Video of the Year went to Bez with “Say” from Nigeria, while AFRIMA 2014 award for the Best African Collaboration Song went to D’Banj and Friend for “Cocoa Na Chocolate”.
P-Square took home the Best African Group/Duo Band award, while 2 Face Idibia scooped the Best RnB song award for “African Queen”.
Zimbabwe’s Cindy Munyavi won the Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa after beating Mozambique’s Lizah James and Dama Do Bling, South Africa’s Zahara and Lira as well as Zambia’s Mampi.
Other notable musicians included Tanzania’s top singer Diamond Platnumz who won the Best East African Artist award, while Best Male Artist in Central Africa went to Fally Ipupa from Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ghanaian Wiyaala won the Most Promising Artist in Africa and the Revelation of the African Continent awards, as Angélique Kidjo from Benin won the Best Female Artist in West Africa award.
Best Pop Song went to Kenya’s Elani as Uganda’s Radio and Weasel won the Best African Reggae song award, while Zimbabwe’s Dear Zim scooped the Best African Rock artist.
Ahmed Soultan from Morocco won the Best Male Artist in North Africa, while Best Female Artist in North Africa went to Mauritania’s Noura Mint Seymale.
Best Female Artist in Central Africa went to Laurette La Perle from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Adjiboye from Benin and Nigerian Yinka Ayanda shared the Best African Traditional song award, as Olawale Ashimi, from Nigeria, won the Best Songwriter of the Year award.
The Great African Legend award went to the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick born in 1938 and died in 1997.
AFRIMA is an award platform that celebrates the talents of Africa, the music and the rich heritage of the continent for economic growth. This year there were 32 categories, 30 of which were open for voting by the public and AFRIMA Academy of Voters.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :