The All Africa Music Award or AFRIMMA did not include top Sierra Leonean rapper, Kao Denero of the Black Leo fame, in spite of several hits to his credit that makes him be included in the nomination process. This year’s nominees for the 2020 award have been named and Kao is nowhere near in the release. Top on the list is Nigeria’s Burna Boy, with his album, ‘Twice as Tall’ getting the highest number of nominations. , Burna Boy basically got nominated for several ‘bests.’ The is being nominated for the Best Artist of the year; Best Male Artist for West Africa; Crossing Boundaries With Music; Best Live Art and many more.
The King of Freetown was not picked even for the much anticipated ‘BEST MALE RAP ART’ category. It is true that Kao Denero has released several classic diss and Hip Hop songs such as ‘I am Sierra Leone’, ‘Story of Lumumba’, ‘Kenyatta’, ‘Class in Session’, and many others. But when for nomination for the category of Best Male Rap Art, tens arts were nominated, with no mention of Sierra Leone. Of those nominated, three names came up from Ghana (Sarkodie, Medival, and Manifest); two from South Africa (Nasty C and Yanga Chief); Falz from Nigeria; Khaligraph Jones from Kenya; Moobers from Angola; Tenor from Cameroon and Kiff no Best from the Ivory Coast.
It may seem catastrophic for Kao Denero; a shattered hope and he is yet to come to grips with the devil as up till now he has not said anything about the nomination or the award ceremony itself. But his fans in Sierra Leone and around the world are devastated. They express deep disappointment. They claim after all, that Kao has done enough in 2020 on the stage, and hence, hardly should have a match, let alone to talk of how ‘overqualified’ he is to be left out in the nomination process for at least the rap category.
AFRIMMA is an award ceremony for Music of African origin. It was founded or established in Nigeria by the International Committee of AFRIMA and the Africa Union (AU). It held its first event on December 27, 2014, in the Grand Ballroom, Room Oriental in Lagos and all subsequent three editions were held in Nigeria until in 2018 when Ghana won the bid of the right to host the event until 2021.
By Ishmael Daddys Bangura