Lizha James, Dama do Bling, Amr Diab, Ralph Anselmo and Perola emerged multiple winners of the inaugural Museke Online Africa Music Awards (MOAMAs).
The MOAMAs sought to award best of African music over the last year and put the winners in the spotlight as Africa prepares to host the globe at the World Cup in South Africa.
The awards were organized by Museke.com, an African music site which seeks to unify Africa through its music and its partners. The winners would be awarded packages where their music will be promoted through various media while their online presence will also be enhanced.
The winners were selected based on African music fan votes. Voting took place from April 6 to May 29, 2010 on http://awards.museke.com (http://moamas.com). Users were allowed to vote once everyday.
The nominees were selected over a 3 month period by an academy made up of African music enthusiasts and fans.
The organizing team encourages music fans to learn about all the other nominees, since they are amongst the top African musicians of today.
Below is the full list of winners (arranged by song/album, name & country):
African song of the year: Yori yori – Bracket – Nigeria
Artiste of the Year: Lizha James – Mozambique
Best Male Artist: Ralph Anselmo – Angola
Best Female Artist: Dama do Bling – Mozambique
Best Group (tie): P-Square – Nigeria & Sauti Sol – Kenya
Best Album: O Cupido – Ralph Anselmo – Angola
Best African Collaboration: Put it down – Sasha P/Dama do Bling – Nigeria/Mozambique
Best New Artist/Group: Sarkodie – Ghana
Best Music Video: Estilo Xaxhale – Lizha James – Mozambique
Best Video producer: DJ Marcell – Mozambique
Best Beat maker: Bue d beats – Angola
Record of the year: Usinibore – Just A Band – Kenya
West Africa song of the year: Simple – Bradez – Ghana
North Africa song of the year: Wayah – Amr Diab – Egypt
Central Africa song of the year: C’est pas complique – Awilo Longomba – DR Congo
East Africa song of the year: Leo – A-Y – Tanzania
Southern Africa song of the year: Presta Atencao – Perola – Angola
Best Artist based in Diaspora: Suzanna Lubrano – Cape Verde
Best Reggae song: Africans – Nneka – Nigeria
Best Hip-hop song: Casamento – Dama do Bling – Mozamabique
Best R&B/Soul song: Presta Atencao – Perola – Angola
Best Gospel/Religious song: Igwe – Midnight Crew – Nigeria
Best Pop song: Wayah – Amr Diab – Egypt
Best Afro-pop song: Gologolo – Echo – Ghana
Best Dancehall song: Where my baby dey – Samini – Ghana
Best Alternative/Fusion/Rock song: Tukuraka remix – Stewart Sukuma – Mozambique
Best Dance song: Omo 2 Sexy – Justine – Nigeria
Best Contemporary African song: Kuma kwa kie – Yuri da Cunha – Angola
Congrats to all the winners!