The stars of African music shone brightly as the winners of the 2023 African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMAs) were unveiled over the weekend.
Among the standout talents celebrated at the 10th-year awards ceremony was the Ghanaian highlife and afrobeats sensation, Gregory Bortey Newman, widely known as King Promise, who clinched the prestigious title of “Best Male West Africa.”
The grand event took place on Sunday, September 17, at the magnificent Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. AFRIMMA, in its decade-long tradition, continues to honor outstanding musical achievements and exceptional artists from across the African continent.
King Promise’s victory in the “Best Male West Africa” category was a testament to his remarkable contribution to the music industry. In a fiercely competitive field, he triumphed over esteemed peers, including Omah Lay, Black Sherif, Adekunle Gold, BNXN (formerly known as Buju), Asake, Satrinos Raphael, Didibo, and Tonton, earning well-deserved recognition for his exceptional artistry.
Notable Highlights of the Evening
The 2023 AFRIMMA Awards spotlighted several other luminaries in African music:
- Nigerian sensation Rema took center stage as he was crowned “Artist of the Year,” further solidifying his status as one of Africa’s top talents.
- The celebrated Afrobeats maestro, Davido, received the coveted “Album of the Year” award for his masterpiece, ‘Timeless,’ a testament to his enduring musical prowess.
- Congolese singer Fally Ipupa received double honors, winning the title for “Best Francophone” and being granted a “Lifetime Achievement Award,” recognizing his significant contributions to African music.
- Nigerian music icon Timaya also received a “Lifetime Achievement Award,” acknowledging his remarkable career that has left an indelible mark on the industry.
The 2023 AFRIMMA Awards served as a spectacular testament to the diversity and brilliance of African music, bringing together artists from various corners of the continent to celebrate their outstanding achievements.
As the music world continues to evolve, these accolades remind us of the enduring power and influence of African music on the global stage, and the immense talent that continues to emerge from the continent.