Your MAMA in review

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So the annual MTV Africa Music Awards took place in KwaZulu – Natal at the weekend and naturally the show attracted some of the biggest names in the game. Names like AKA, Sauti Sol, D’Banj, Bonang Matheba, Cassper Nyovest, Bucie and a whole heap more from the continent were there to be part of the celebrations, as were internationals like Ne-Yo, host Anthony Anderson and Jhene Aiko too.

So what was the show like? Here are a few of my 2015 MAMA moments to remember:

  • The kissing: Are Bonang and D’Banj dating? (I’ve coined them Bonanj). Well when D’Banj was announced as the winner in the category, the two shared a kissed that looked more coupley than it did friendly. They’ll keep us guessing I’m sure. The other kiss that had everyone talking was from the newly announced couple, Cassper and Boity. They’re clearly feeling each other. Shem, cute.
  • T Bo Touch… Oh Touch. Was he the talking point o the night or what? From ice creams to poor orphan, Twitter showed no backing down. Check this link to see what I mean. I cried I was laughing so much! Read this trending topic
  • Bucie is amazing… I love her, but can we actually take a minute to appreciate how banging her body is? The star looked amazing!
  • AKA showed his softer side, when he accepted his award and gave thanks to his queen, DJ Zinhle for what is arguably one of the best gifts a man can ever receive… a beautiful baby! All the bet to the happy couple and their bundle of joy!
  • Awkward presenter moments. From Khuli Chana pretending to understand French, to Boity waffling off and throwing shade, to a Top Actor star being too overenthusiastic, to boring government speeches, the pairings were um… questionable at times
  • Anthony Anderson was better than I thought. I still didn’t love him, but he was way better than last year’s host, Marlon Wayans.
  • Production at this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards was ON POINT. Besides some technical glitches with sound and a few out of sync lip-syncers, the show was great. MTV stays winning.

What were some of your favourite moments? Who stood out, performed well or stole the red carpet? Share your thoughts? Oh and here the winners in case you missed them:

Best Female: Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Best Male: Davido (Nigeria)
Best Group: P-Square (Nigeria)
Best New Act Transformed by Absolut: Patoranking (Nigeria)
Best Hip Hop:  Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Best Collaboration: AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria)
Song of the Year: Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria)
Best Live: Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Video of the Year:  “Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw
Best Pop & Alternative: Jeremy Loops (South Africa)
Best Francophone: DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Best Lusophone: Ary (Angola)
Personality of the Year:  Trevor Noah (South Africa)
MAMA Evolution: D’Banj (Nigeria)
Best International: Nicki Minaj
Artist of the Decade: P-Square
MTV Base Leadership Award: Saran Kaba Jones & S’Bu Mavundla


Nicki Minaj to headline TribeOne Dinokeng Festival


US rapper and actress Nicki Minaj is set to headline to the TribeOne Dinokeng Festival in South Africa this September. The festival is being dubbed the biggest music event the continent has ever experienced. It’ll take place in the city of Tshwane from 26-28th of September. Nicki isn’t the only artist on the bill (obvious statement much?). She’ll be joined by some 150 artists from around the continent and the world, including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, J Cole, Kid Ink, Keko, AKA, Xtatic, Khuli Chana, Naava Grey, Kwesta, Liquideep, Fally Ipupa, Redsan, Takeifa, Souadou, Ousmane, Ba’ponga  among many others.

Nicki seems to be all kinds of excited about (finally) coming to Mzansi and performing on the 28th:


You’ve probably been paid this month, so take some of your hard-earned cash and get your tickets now. Simply click on the links below for more information:

Also, get involved in the social platforms: or Twitter Hashtag: #TribeOneFest

Instagram: @TribeOneFest

I’ll be heading off to New York and hopefully Toronto and LA in September, so I’m going to miss this, but you can feedback and let me know what the festival was like. I’ll go out on a limb here, and say it’s going to be!

AKA, DJ Clock, Reason and Khuli all up to perform at Jack Daniel’s BOOMTOWN


BOOMTOWN is back and ready to rock the Vodacom Durban July on the 5th of July. This time around, Uncle Jack aka Jack Daniel’s is officially taking over the sponsorship duties, while Nokia powers up one of the July’s most raved about marquees.

Jack Daniel’s Marketing Manager Dino D’Araujo says: ” Jack Daniel’s forms an integral part of popular culture and local music around the world, making BOOMTOWN and obvious fit for the brand. We are delighted to be a part of this event”

So which artists will be apart of the 11 hour spectacle? How’s this for a list:

AKA & DA LES, Khuli Chana, Mi Casa, Reason, Zakes Bantwini, Dreamteam, DJ Clock, Black Coffeee and many, many more.

If you’re looking to get into the marquee, tickets are now on sale from Computicket:

GENERAL Ticket – R 490 per person

·           Lounges and outside area

·           100 metres of bar

·           Café restaurant

·           Plasma screens with racing feed

·           Betting facilities

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Gallery: Celebs at the Redd’s Door Experience

The second installment in the Redd’s Door Experience went down in Sandton, Johannesburg last night and naturally the celebs turned up to be apart of the action. From radio personalities, Jennifer Su and Anele Mdoda to actors Lehasa Moloi, Jay Anstey and Boity, the stars were all out at the Sandton Convention Centre to have a little bit of a razzle courtesy of the good folks at Redd’s. Plus they got to enjoy performances from Ross Jack, AKA, Ifani and Da Les to mention a few. Check out the gallery above!

It’s Snoop Lion weekend in SA

snoop-lion-allstars-281x211You’ll know by now that Snoop Lion is jetting into Durban in the next day or so. This is ahead of Saturday’s MTV Africa All Stars concert, which is taking place at the People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium. I’m heading down on Saturday to hopefully catch Snoop on camera, as well as some of the other acts. Side note, I’m happy the Durbanites are getting a concert for once.. I know y’all often feel left out, so here’s to making you happy*

And with that, I can let those of you in Cape Town and in Jozi know that Snoop will be in your hood too. He’ll be out at the Ellis Park Arena on Sunday evening, followed by a concern at the Grand Area GrandWest on the 21st. AKA and Jack Parow will be the support acts for ‘the Lion’.

Tickets Available at:

Johannesburg 19 May –Ellis Park Arena:

·         Golden Circle R650

·         Regular seated and standing R350

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Be at the Hennessy Halo Event this Friday

This Friday the Hennessy Artistry Halo Concert returns for a fifth year. The artists involved in this year’s campaign are but awesome. The list includes Zakwe, The Arrows, Bucie, AKA, of which all of them got to work with one of the SA’s most celebrated musical directors and composers, Caiphus Semenya. Throwing in his DJ skills and final touches to this production is one of my favourite DJs, DJ Kent.

Bucie, AKA, The Arrows and Zakwe will all be in attendance to perform the track and be apart of the massive party. It’s all going down this Friday at Hush in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Doors open at 20:00 and general admission tickets are on sale at Computicket.

For more information, visit to find out more about the event and while you’re there, you might even win yourself a VIP table for you and three friends.


Have you entered the Miller Music Tour West competition?

So besides the lovely Minnie Dlamini and the super talented, award winning rapper Aka and Khuli Chana, who’s going on the Miller Music Tour West? Well I for one would give a lot to be on that private jet. Check this out, the three stars, together with two lucky winners (plus partners) will board a private jet that’ll touch down in three American cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The guests will experience “Miller Time” in each of the three cities and let’s just put this out there… it’s VIP all the way baby!

Here’s what the itinerary looks like:

Miller Music Tour West begins in Los Angeles on May 30. The following three nights will be spent in San Francisco and Las Vegas. The Tour then heads back to Los Angeles for the final night before wrapping up on June 4.

The competition has been running since the 13th of Feb and if you haven’t entered, best you get on it because the winner will be announced on the 13th of this month.

Visit the official site for more details or follow Miller on Twitter: with the #MMTW as the trend. You can also check the brand out on Facebook: and on YouTube:

I will hopefully be hanging out with Minnie on my radio show tomorrow night, TransAfrica Radio on channel 172 on DStv’s audio bouquet. I’ll confirm all of those deets later though, but tune it to find out more. Oh and ENTER!!! This is an incredible prize and it’ll be one of the best experiences you’ll have.

Read the terms and conditions very carefully peops, remember you might be 18 here but drinking in the US is only for those 21 and older.



AKA to make his presenting debut tonight

He might be one of SA’s top rappers, but now he will add the phrase “That’s a wrap” to his resume too. Youth channel, Vuzu announced yesterday that multiple award-winning artist, AKA will be joining the channel’s gaming show The Verge as the new co-host. He will make his debut on the show tonight at 22:30.

This is what you can expect in the first episode tonight:

In this week’s episode AKA gets to test out Sony’s latest handheld offering, the PS Vita. We put the fun and games aside (temporarily) and review Rise of Nightmares on the Kinect as well as check out this week’s featured gamer profile. Stay up to date on the latest gaming gadgets and more by tuning into The Verge for the hottest celeb throw-downs, tech reviews, social networking, audience profiles and not to mention girl game offs (yeah!!!). 

Congrats to AKA. I’m sure he’s going to do a fantastic job as he adds presenting to his already impressive resume. Watch The Verge every Monday with Pippa and Wednesdays with AKA at 22:30 or the repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 08:30 on Vuzu, channel 123 on DStv.