Hanging Out with BBA’s Huddah and Denzel

Yesterday I tested out Google’s Hangout On Air. I, together with my colleagues, got to chat to the Big Brother The Chase housemates, who were evicted on Sunday evening. Check out our interview with Huddah and Denzel below:



Kenyan star, Liz Ogumbo on The Von Vodcast

We’re going international, but from Africa… today’s episode of The Von Vodcast is with the super-talented Liz Ogumbo. She’s from Kenya, a fashion designer, model and singer. Gosh, anything else she wants to add to that resume? Well I’m sure there will be more things to come in the future! I look forward to it. In the mean time, check out the video above to find out more about this lady!

MTV Africa Music Award winners

The winners of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain 2009 are:
BEST FEMALE Amani (Kenya)
BEST MALE Nameless (Kenya)
BEST GROUP P Square (Nigeria)
BEST ALTERNATIVE Zebra and Giraffe (South Africa)
BEST HIP HOP M I (Nigeria)
BEST R&B Darey Art Alade (Nigeria)
BEST NEW ACT M I (Nigeria)
BEST VIDEO HHP (South Africa)
LEGEND AWARD Lucky Dube (South Africa)
MY VIDEO AWARD Patricke-Stevie Moungondo (Congo Brazzaville)

I have asked MTV peops for details on when the show will air on MTV Base… deets to follow on that and the various musical collaborations on stage, Wyclef’s hosting duties and more.

Wyclef Jean pays tribute to Lucky Dube

My colleague and friend, Gabisile Ndebele is in Kenya for the 2nd MTV Africa Music Awards and she got to chat to host Wyclef Jean. Here’s the article.
In an interview with The Times in Kenya, where the awards will take place on Saturday night, Jean spoke about his performance as a tribute to Dube, saying he is his hero. “What I am to Haiti, what Bob Marley is to Jamaica, is what Lucky Dube is to Africa. I had a chance to meet Lucky before he was murdered and he was a great person and a star to me. He is a phenomonal guy and that is why I want to pay tribute to him,” he said.

Lucky Dube was killed in attempted robbery in October 2007. Jean has a song named after the reggae star titled Lucky Dube which he performed for the first time when he visited South Africa in December 2008. Jean, a former member of chart-topping group The Fugees, also took the opportunity to praise local rapper HHP. “I love SA and plan to come back there and this time to do a collaboration with an amazing singer, HHP. That dude is talented, he is a beast, I’m definitely gonna do something with him,” said Jean.
Other local artists in Kenya include Zebra and Giraffe, kwaito singer Bricks, soul singer Lira, Da Les and Cassette. The event will only be televised next week on MTVBase, DStv channel 322.

MAMA nominees for 2009

Best Male:
2Face Nigeria
D’Banj Nigeria
Da L.E.S South Africa
HHP South Africa
Nameless Kenya

Best Female:
Amani Kenya
Zamajobe South Africa
Kel Nigeria
Lira South Africa
Lizha James Mozambique Best Female

Best R&B:
2 Face Nigeria
Darey Art Alade Nigeria
Loyiso South Africa
Akon USA
Beyonce USA

Artist of the Year:
2 Face Nigeria
D’Banj Nigeria
HHP South Africa
Lira South Africa
Nameless Kenya

Best Video
2 Face Nigeria
Da L.E.S South Africa
HHP South Africa
XOD Uganda
Wahu featuring Bobi Wine Kenya

Best Alternative:
Aking South Africa
Cassette South Africa
Coldplay UK
Green Day
Zebra & Giraffe South Africa

Best Group
Blu*3 Uganda C
Gal Level Namibia
Gang of Instrumentals South Africa
Mo Hits Allstars Nigeria
P-Square Nigeria

Best Hip Hop
Kanye West USA
A.Y. Tanzania
M.I. Nigeria
Zulu Boy South Africa

Best New Act:
Rhythmic Elements South Africa
Shaa Tanzania
STL Kenya
M.I. Nigeria
Bigiano Nigeria

Best Performer:
Samini Ghana
P-Square Nigeria
Nameless Kenya
Blu*3 Uganda
D’Banj Nigeria

First list of M.A.M.A performers announced

In just over two months time, the second MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain will be going down. Here is a first look at some of the performers, set to take the stage at the Kasarani Indoor Stadium in Nairobi, Kanya on 10 October:
Kenya’s Wahu, South Africa’s Afro-soul queen, Lira, Nigerian rapper M.I. and Ghanaian dancehall superstar, Samini are just a few of the many stars gearing up for the awards.

Wahu facts:
– She used to be upfront for Kenyan hip-hop outfit, ‘Kapuka’
– She is a Mathematics graduate
– She won the Best Female Award at last year’s ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria

Lira facts:
– I love her, that’s a fact… ‘nuf said haha.
– She is a multiple South African Music Award (SAMA) winner
– She is currently working on her first DVD

Samini facts:
– Ghana’s Samini is a MOBO-winning artist
– He is famous for his dancehall hits
– He has shared the stage with some of the industry’s most famous, like Sean Paul, Akon, Kelvin Little, Shaggy, Ja-Rule, Damien Marley and Jay-Z

M.I. facts:
Nigerian hip hop MC, M.I. (a.k.a. Mister Incredible) isn’t afraid to tackle pertinent social issues affecting not only his fellow citizens, but those on the African continent.

Diarise the MAMAs- 10 October 2009

Last year the first, ever MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain (MAMAs) took place in Abuja, Nigeria. The awards honoured the best music and musicians from the African continent- and a few internationals 🙂 Flo Rida was there, so was Kelly Rowland and The Game. Cassette, Jozi, HHP, Asa, D Banj, P Square, man of man was it happening! While there were minor teething problems last year, overall the event was great. So Having said that, the MTV Base crew are back at it, prepping for this year’s event. If you’re wondering where the event will be this year, then you’ve come to the right place. This year the MAMAs will be held in Nairobi, Kenya at the Indoor Arena, Moi International Sports Centre. The date to diarise is the 10th of October 2009. Exciting times. Not only does this event honour and showcase the talent straight out of Africa, but it also puts the host country in the spotlight for things like tourism. It’s great for the continent and for the music and entertainment industry. I look forward to bringing you more information on the second MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain.