Kenya: Gilad Walks Home With Two AFRIMA Awards

13 November 2017

Musician Gilad Millo over the weekend won two All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).

Gilad won AFRIMA awards for Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Music and Best Artiste in African Rock.

The former Israeli diplomat also gave a moving performance at the awards hosted in Lagos, Nigeria.

He recently launched his 16-track album, Asante

Speaking to Nairobi News, Mr Gilad said that he was more than happy to share the awards with Kenyans and everyone who supported him through the journey.

"Oh wow! It's just unbelievable! I feel like my bond with Kenya has just been cemented. I am so thankful and grateful to all the people who voted for me, all the people who appreciate my music and the AFRIMA team too," said Gilad.

Mission accomplished 🇰🇪 Bringing em home to the 254 today! @AFRIMAWARDS #KenyanMusic

- Gilad Millo (@GiladMillo) November 13, 2017

Gilad's new album, launched on his birthday, has 16 songs.

He told Nairobi News that this album is a summary of his journey as a musician in Kenya so far.

American-born Senegalese singer Akon was the special guest at the award gala. Several Nigerian music bigwigs like Wizkid and 2baba were also in attendance.

Bongo Flava star Alikiba won Best African Collaboration for his song 'Aje' featuring MI Abaga.

Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, YCee, Wande Coal, 2baba, Adasa Cookey and Orezi were the Nigerian winners on the night.

Wizkid won two of the most prestigious categories; Artiste of the Year and Song of the Year as well as the Best West African Artiste award.

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Here is the full list of winners.

Best male artiste in Central Africa - Locko

Best female artiste in Central Africa - Montess

Best male artiste in Northern Africa - Shefi

Best female artiste in Northern Africa - Ibitssam Tiskat

Best male artiste in South Africa - Emtee

Best female artiste in South Africa - Thandiswa

Most influential African artiste - Neza

African fan favourite - The Dogg

Best African collaboration - Ali Beka

Best artiste in African jazz - Nduduzo Makhatini

Best artiste/group in African rock - Gilad Millo

Best in contemporary African RnB & soul - Eli Keba

Best Artiste in contemporary song - Wande Coal (Iskaba)

Best artiste in African raggae/dancehall - 2baba

Best artiste in African traditional - Halmelmal Abate

Best African hip-hop - Ycee

Best artiste in African pop - Tofaan

Best female artist in inspirational - Asike

Best male artiste in inspirational- Gilad

Video of the year - Orezi (Cooking Pot)

African legend award - Salif Keita and Oliver 'Tutu' Mtukudzi

Songwriter of the year - Simi

Best African group - Toofan

African discovery of the year - Shyfan

Producer of the year - DJ Cublon

Album of the year - Eddy Kenzo

Song of the year - Wizkid

Artiste of the year - Wizkid

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