AFRIMMA (Afrikan Muzik Magazine Awards) “the sole award ceremony in Diaspora that caters to all musical genres.” So they classify their credibility. Question is, to what extent have they catered for their African artistes following this year’s nominations? Barely within 4 years of existence since its first edition on the26th of July 2014, fans have begun criticizing the international award show.
With up to 9 nominations from Cameroon, Kamer music lovers feel they aren’t getting the right nominees as well as categories from their entertainment world, reasons why some have termed the show to be a “Showbiz Joke”. As the likes of Magasco were kicked off the category for “Best Male Central Africa” and replaced by Alpha Beta Records hit singer Mr Leo. Although some are grateful it’s still in Kamer’s favour, they are baffled with the sudden switch from an international show of its caliber.
Other categories sees Kamer’s hip hop boss Stanley Enow also featuring on the list for “Best Male Central Africa” He is nominated each and every year whether it is fruitful or not. Many are beginning to think this award show is compared to the manner in which some politicians now acquire their certificates.
Stevens Music singer Daphne features in the categories for “Best Female Central Africa” alongside Reniss and Mani Bella as well as the category for Best Francophone simply because French was the language that dominated her hit single “Calee” . Does the Miss Calee as she’s fondly called by fans deserve this nomination? Whereas she’s not a francophone! Afrimma needs to dig deep on the info of their artistes they claim to cater for.
Other nominations sees one of Kamer’s most outstanding video directors Shammack who bounces back with the just released video Mangosi by Ngoma featuring Nernos and Kikoh that has been making waves lately. Kamer fans still discredited this nomination as they believe other directors such as Dr Nkeng Stephen, Mr Adrenaline and Adah Akenji etc have put in more work in the past 18 months than Shammack has. They keep wondering how this award shows get to program their nominations. However, we are glad professional dancer and last year’s winner Brenda Derry still gets a nomination for “Best African Dancer”, eventhough some few home based dancers found it hard to shove it down their throat. See full lists of nominees here. www.afrimma.com/nominee-list-for-2017/