Sauti Sol - Best Group AFRIMA Awards

East and West African musicians shone in limelight and stole the show at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards [AFRIMA] held recently in Lagos, Nigeria.

Fast rising Tanzanian musician Diamond Platnumz was the gala night's big winner - scooping three awards including the most prized event category Artiste of the Year.

Singer Charlotte Dipanda from Cameroon also shared in the spotlight after bagging three accolades as well.

The first artistes on stage Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Cobhams Asuquo performed their duets - Paul Simon's Diamond on the Soles of Her Shoes and a brief rendition of LBM's Homeless
- thrilled a somewhat impatient audience.

And soon after their appearance the South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo's leader was presented with the night's opening silverware - the Lifetime Achievement Award.

'This award is for the group's efforts at telling the African story authentically..' , said Asuquo handing over the statue.

Most of the night's performers at the gala including Stanley Enow [Cameroon], Nigeria's Olamide and South Africa's Busiswa triumphed as winners as the night progressed.

Here below is the list of Finalists & 2015 AFRIMA Awards winners.

ARTISTE of the Year
Diamond Platnumz

SONG of the Year
Diamond Platnumz - Nasema Nawe featuring Khadijo Kopa

ALBUM of the Year
Charlotte Dipanda - Elle n'a Pas Vu

BEST Artiste African Jazz
Kunle Ayo - Nigeria

BEST African Group
Sauti Sol - Kenya

BEST Artiste African Pop
Vanessa Mdee - Tanzania

BEST Artiste in Africa (RnB & Soul)
Praiz - Nigeria

BEST Artiste African Contemporary
Charlotte Dipanda - Cameroon

BEST Artiste African Rock
M'vula - Kenya

SONGWRITER of the Year Africa
Joseph Chameleone - Uganda

BEST African Collaboration
AKA and Burna Boy - (South Africa/Nigeria)
Casper Nyovest - South Africa

BEST Artiste African Electro
Flavour - Nigeria

BEST African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall
Stonebwoy - Ghana

BEST MALE Artiste Inspirational Category
Darey - Nigeria

BEST FEMALE Artiste Inspirational Category
Betty Akna - Equatorial Guinea

BEST FEMALE Artiste Northern Africa
Manal - Morocco

BEST MALE Artiste Northern Africa
Ahmed Soutan- Morocco

Diamond AFRIMA 2015 Artiste of the Year

Vanessa Mdee AFRIMA Best Artiste African Pop