Little Simz has been announced as the recipient of the prestigious Pioneer Award at this year’s Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards.
The rapper, who is also set to perform at next month’s virtual ceremony, becomes the youngest recipient of the award. It follows on from her triumph at the NME Awards 2020, where she picked up the Best British Album gong for ‘Grey Area’.
Simz said: “Delighted to receive the Pioneer Award this year and excited to perform. Big thank you and love to AIM Awards!”
AJ Tracey has also been confirmed as the winner of the Innovator prize and will also perform at the ceremony.
It’s great to see so many independent artists making waves in the commercial music scene. We’ll be celebrating with them as we tune into the AIM awards 2020.
Elvic Congolo is known for making ‘Congo-Funk’ but his upcoming single ‘Our Story’ is a more heartfelt tale of how love can fall apart.
Elvic himself explains “Our Story”: When I hear “Our story”, I picture a beautiful relationship between two people. Their relationship was fantastic, they were in paradise. Unfortunately, their love couldn’t conquer the obstacles coming their way and it did not last”.
The song is a strong but gentle reminder that we often find happiness by remembering what we have in common with other people, not what divides us.
In a world saturated with media-machines, spooling out artificial success stories with frightening regularity, it almost seems alien to consider an artist overcoming unbelievable odds to achieve realisation of their triumph. In her local Sisaala dialect, the word ‘Wiyaala‘ dialect translates as ”the doer”, which is perhaps an underwhelming descriptive of how her path has trudged from humble beginnings through spells of defiance and courage, leading her to become known as the Young Lioness of Africa.
Her journey has been one that is synonymous with overcoming a patriarchal and conservative society, frequently known for it’s hostility towards artistic growth. As a rising star making a name for herself of the global stage, echoes of her work can be felt in her home community as much as far-flung areas abroad. Already she is one of Ghana’s most toured exports, with an impressive roster of international shows already piling up – including Commonwealth Games 2018 in Australia, WOMAD in the UK and Timitar Festival in Morocco.
Her music can been described as a potent fusion of West African folk songs with Afro-pop, and carries a real essence of her cultural heritage. Inspired by her own interpretation of African mythology, her songs are brought to life through spectacularly energetic dance moves and unique hand-made garments of her own design, which she then models in her performances.
CNN Africa has claimed her to be only woman in world who is singing in Sissala, and she is also responsible for helping revitalise the native music scene. Not only has she organised The Djimba World Music Festival, which is now in its third year, she is an active influencer for UNICEF Ghana and fights for the abolition of FGM, Early Child Marriage and also rights for children, both of which she was fortunate to escape at an early age.