Namibia: Chikune Ready to Break Into African Market After Afrimma Win

The Namibian Windhoek Rukee Kaakunga
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Namibian songstress Chikune bagged her very first African Muzik Magazine Awards (Afrimma) accolade on Saturday when she scooped the Best Southern Africa trophy from hot contenders from across the region.

The bubbly singer is now gearing up to take Africa by storm, saying that she is ready to break into other markets.

Soon after the announcement of the winners, the ‘Kapana’ songstress took to Facebook to thank her fans for making the win possible. « Thank you to my fans. Your valuable support is immeasurably gratifying. God bless you all for making it happen… yes, you did it and God confirmed it, » she wrote.

Speaking to The Namibian yesterday, Chikune was still overjoyed at the news but said that she did not expect to win at all. « I did not think I would win, not even close. I actually thought it was a joke or that someone was pulling a prank on me, » she chuckled.

She said that it was actually a tweet by The Dogg which alerted her to the good news but it took a while before it all registered. « This was my first entry into the awards and I won so it’s very special. It’s also a win for Namibia as a whole since our nominations were a kind of David and Goliath affair but we still managed to come out with an award, » she said.

With this award, Chikune now has hopes of breaking into other African markets. « I am actually busy working on something big with an African female artist. It’s a collaborative single which will be coming out very soon, so watch this space. »

She refused to divulge more details about the project.

Other winners at this year’s Afrimmas included South African rapper AKA who won Best Male Southern Africa, Kenya’s Sauti Sol who won Best African Group as well as Nigeria’s Flavour who won Best Artist of The Year. A full list of winners is available on cameroonweb.com.

According to its official website, Afrimma is the only award ceremony in the diaspora that caters to all musical genres including but not limited to Afrobeats, assiko, bongo, decale, funana, genge, highlife, hiplife, kwaito, lingala and soukous.

The third annual Afrimmas were held in Dallas, Texas with Nigerian comedian Basketmouth and American reality television star Cynthia Bailey co-hosting the event.

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