South African music stars, AKA and Nadia Nakai, recently made their mark on the global stage by clinching awards at the prestigious All Africa Music Awards (Afrimma) held in Dallas, USA. This 10th edition of Afrimma celebrated a decade of pushing the boundaries of African music, and both artists’ wins are a testament to the growth of the continent’s music industry.
AKA: Best Male in Southern Africa
AKA, known for his contributions to the hip-hop and rap scene, walked away with the coveted “Best Male in Southern Africa” award. This achievement marked his second win at Afrimma, having previously received the “Best African Collaboration” award in 2015. AKA also graced the Afrimma stage with a performance that left an indelible mark on the audience.
His parents, Tony and Lynn Forbes, expressed their gratitude to AKA’s dedicated fanbase, known as the Megacy, for their unwavering support in securing this accolade. In their statement, they said, “Thank you to the Megacy for voting and bringing another award home. Kiernan’s legacy continues to live because of all of you. The AFRIMMAS were special to him, and winning this award for a third time is something we as a family will cherish.”
AKA’s record label also paid tribute to his achievement, acknowledging the significance of receiving this award on American soil. They stated, “Afrimma was Kiernan’s first award on American Soil. To receive this award in 2023 is testament to his great artistry and the love from South Africans and Africans as a whole. His impact continues now and to infinity.”
Nadia Nakai: Best Female Southern Africa
Adding to the South African success story at Afrimma, Nadia Nakai secured the “Best Female Southern Africa” award. Her talent and contribution to the music industry did not go unnoticed at this prestigious event. Expressing her excitement, she took to social media, exclaiming, “I’m AN AFRIMMA AWARD WINNER!!!! Thank you for my best female Southern African AWARD.”
The 10th Afrimma Awards showcased the immense talent emerging from the African music scene. AKA and Nadia Nakai’s triumphs on this global stage serve as a reminder of South Africa’s rich musical landscape and its ability to resonate with audiences worldwide. As they continue to push boundaries and inspire with their music, South Africa stands proud of its representatives on the international music scene. The legacy of these artists is sure to endure, shaping the future of African music for generations to come.