Becoming the first Ghanaian female talent of her kind to win at the African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA), Rap performing artiste, Eno Barony, has been announced ‘Best Female Rap Act’ of the year at the 2020 edition of the sole award ceremony in Diaspora that caters to all musical genres including but not limited to Afrobeats, Assiko, Bongo, Decale, Funana, Genge, Highlife, Kwaito, Lingala and Soukous.
Chalking remarkable success in her endeavour and proven to be the best female act to croon the genre on her turf – Ghana, Eno Barony beat off competition from Keko (Uganda), Muthoni Drummer Queen (Kenya), Nadia Nakai (South Africa), Moonya (Senegal), Rouge (South Africa), Rosa Ree (Tanzania), Bombshell Grenade (Zambia), Askia (Cameroon), Candy Bleakz (Nigeria).
Eno came to wider attention when she released her first single, “Tonga”, in 2014, which received commercial airplay. She later recorded more songs including “Megye Wo Boy” in 2015, on which she collaborated with Abrewa Nana. In 2015, her mother died. After several months of mourning, she broke the silence with hip hop song titled “The Best” with multiple award-winning Togolese artiste and Brand Ambassador for Togocel, Mic Flammez.
She recorded a single, “Daawa”, with Shatta Wale in 2016. The same year, she collaborated with rapper Kwaw Kese on a single called “GARI”. She also collaborated on two other singles, “Touch the Body” with Stonebwoy, and “King of Queens” with Medikal. In 2017, she released a song titled “Juice Me” followed by another single with Ebony Reigns, titled “Obiaa Ba Ny3”.
Due to the global pandemic – COVID 19, the awards ceremony was broadcasted virtually live on AFRIMMA YouTube page from Dallas, Texas to millions of viewers. The festival had outstanding performances from veteran Fally Ipupa, Nigeria red-hot, Rema and Soraia Ramos from Cape Verde. Best African Dancer, Poco Lee and other artistes like Eddy Kenzo, Gaz Mawete, Nadia Nakai and Master KG were other performers of the night.
Master KG, took home the biggest awards which include Artist of The Year Award, Song of The Year, Best Male Southern Africa and Best Collaboration with Burna Boy on Jerusalema remix.
Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records signee, Rema, was awarded the Best Male Act West Africa category of the ongoing AFRIMMA Awards after seeing past heated competition from Adekunle Gold, Davido, Burna Boy, Fireboy and Rema, all from Nigeria, Sidiki Diabate from Mali, Kidi and Kuami Eugene from Ghana, Ariel Sheney from Ivory Coast and Wally Seck– Senegal.
”There were initial doubts about pulling this off, but seeing we pulled this off today fills me with so much joy and I want to express my appreciation to our sponsors, the AFRIMMA team, the artists, dancers, video editors and everybody that played a part in making history today”, Anderson Obiagwu, Founder/CEO AFRIMMA said in conclusion.
See full list of winners below;
BEST MALE WEST AFRICA – Rema (Nigeria)
BEST FEMALE WEST AFRICA – Simi (Nigeria)
BEST MALE EAST AFRICA – Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
BEST FEMALE EAST AFRICA – Nandy (Tanzania)
BEST MALE CENTRAL AFRICA – Fally Ipupa (DRC)
BEST FEMALE CENTRAL AFRICA – Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)
BEST MALE SOUTHERN AFRICA – Master KG (South Africa)
BEST FEMALE SOUTHERN AFRICA – Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
BEST AFRICAN GROUP – Umu Ibiligbo (Nigeria)
CROSSING BOUNDARIES WITH MUSIC AWARD – Burna Boy (Nigeria)
BEST NEW ACT– Zuchu (tTanzania)
ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Master KG (South Africa)
BEST GOSPEL ARTIST – Mercy Chinwo (Nigeria)
BEST LIVE ACT – Flavour (Nigeria)
BEST MALE RAP ACT – Nasty C (South Africa)
BEST FEMALE RAP ACT – Eno Barony (Ghana)
BEST COLLABORATION – Master KG ft Nomcebo Zikode & Burna Boy Jerusalema Remix
SONG OF THE YEAR – Master KG ft Nomcebo Zikode – Jerusalema
BEST VIDEO DIRECTOR – TG Omori (Nigeria)
BEST DJ AFRICA – Cuppy (Nigeria)
BEST AFRICAN DJ USA – Fully Focus (Kenya)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Gaz Mawete ft Fally Ipupa – C’est Rate
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Kabza De Small (South Africa)
BEST AFRICAN DANCER – Poco Lee (Nigeria)
BEST LUSOPHONE – Calema (Cape Verde)
BEST FRANCOPHONE – Fally Ipupa (DRC)
BEST RADIO/TV PERSONALITY – James Onen (Uganda)