Kenya’s popular hip-hop artist Khaligraph Jones was honored at the 5th edition of African Music Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) 2018. The event held in Dallas Texas on Sunday 7th October celebrated the best acts from across Africa and across the diaspora. The award ceremony which took place at the House of Blues in Dallas also witnessed first-time performances from our very own gospel star Papa Dennis.
In the category of “Best Rap Act” which had ten entries including South Africa’s biggest hip-hop artists at the moment – Casper Nyovest and Nasty C- Khaligraph Jones emerged top. Taking to his Instagram page, Papa Jones expressed appreciation for the award with a simple post “…GLORY BE TO GOD. #AFRIMMA 2018 #BestRapAct..”
Papa Dennis won the Best Gospel act beating bigwigs like Willy Paul and Gloria Muliro who have dominated the gospel scene for more than five years. Other winners at the event included Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo – East African Artist of the year, Fally Ipupa for Artist of the Year (Overall).
This year, AFRIMMA added a new category – AFRIMMA Achievers Award – which included nominees from other fields of entertainment and sports. Among the big nominees recognised was Kenya’s famed actress Lupita Nyong’o and the host of the Daily Show, Trevor Noah.
Kenya’s top female artist, Fena Gitu debuts a new hit single titled “Sijaskia Vibaya” featuring Kenya's funniest comedian Timothy Kimani aka Njugush who made the phrase famous. The Sema ng'we singer continues to prove her creative genius in a surprisingly organic move to collaborate with Kenya's top comedian.
Following a stream of successes this year, including being recently announced as the Smirnoff Kenya brand ambassador and a Marini Naturals brand ambassador, Fena is set to further shake up the industry with this new single.
Sijaskia vibaya tells a story of her humble beginnings in the industry where some people did not woant to work with her but she didn't relent and now that she is among Kenya's most notable female artists, she has no bad blood as she keeps rising to the top.
The upbeat club banger is produced by notable Kenyan producer Magix Enga, and Mastered by Desmond Bosire.
The video is directed by award winning music video director Enos Olik, starring Fena and Njugush, and features a special cameo appearance by Khaligraph Jones.