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2019 AFRIMA: DJ Arafat Gets Two Posthumous Nominations


Ivory Coast late singer, DJ Arafat has been posthumously nominated in AFRIMA Continental Nominees’ List of 2019.

The late singer was nominated in the Best Male Artiste in Central Africa and Best African Dance or Choreography categories for works he produced within the 6th AFRIMA entry submission window of August 1, 2018 – August 2, 2019.

This was disclosed in the list which was released by the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), on Sunday.

Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido and Damini Ogulu with the stage name Burna Boy scored top the list with six and five nominations respectively.

South African rapper and producer, Nasty C and Northern Africa’s showman, Tamer Hosny also made the top list of the nominations.

Speaking on the release, Mr Delani Makhalima, a member of the International Jury of AFRIMA representing Southern Africa, said: “As with each year, the musicians never cease to amaze us with their incredible talent.

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“As jurors, we are impressed with the quality of work being produced. We are confident that the nominees’ list presented this year is a true reflection of world-class African talent and each year it gets harder and harder to judge and grade the standard, as all regions on the African continent continue to surprise us by what we see and hear.”

DJ Arafat died on Monday, August 12 after a road accident in Abidjan, the state capital.

According to messages and pictures shared on social media, the accident occurred when he was driving a motorbike and smashed into a car.

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