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


Anthony Anderson to host the MAMAs


It’s MAMA week!! The annual MTV Africa Music Awards are back and the countdown to the big show is on. On Saturday stars from all over the continent (and the world) will be heading down to the sunny city of Durban for the awards. It has just been announced that actor, producer and “comedic genius” funnyman Anthony Anderson will host the awards. Hmmmmm.

Marlon Wayans hosted the awards last year and let’s be frank. He was shit. Maybe he would’ve worked for an American market, but for a local audience, he just didn’t work. So with that in mind, I have to ask… WHY bring yet another American celebrity down to host the show? Trevor Noah, who is nominated for an award and who has cracked the big time with his Daily Show host announcement, would be a much better fit. Don’t you think? Maybe it’s a scheduling thing, but we have talent on the continent. I’m just saying

Don’t get me wrong, I think Anderson is funny and he’ll do a fair job. I just think while we celebrate African talent, we should use the platform to highlight the talent too, not so? I’m not opposed to international singers performing, but hosting is a different beast altogether.

Anyway, the MAMAs will be live on MTV Base (DStv channel 322), MTV (DStv channel 130) and BET (DStv channel 129).

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Nominees for the 2015 MTV African Music Awards

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Come the 18th of July, Durban will once again play host to one of the biggest music award shows on the African continent. Yes folks, that’s the right the MTV Africa Music Awards are back and last night the nominees for this year’s awards were announced. Check out the full list below:

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Liquideep win big at MAMAs

South African house duo Liquideep walked off with the coveted Song Of The Year award at this weekend’s MTV African Music Awards. The song in question was the hugely popular Fairytale. The awards, in its third year now, were held in Lagos, Nigeria. Rapper/actress Eve hosted the awards, while performances from Rick Ross, T-Pain and Jozi were seen at the venue. Here is a full list of winners

Best Anglophone – Daddy Owen (Kenya)
Best Francophone – Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Best Lusophone – Cabo Snoop (Angola)
Artist of the Year- 2Face (Nigeria)
Best Female – Sasha (Nigeria)
Best Male – 2Face (Nigeria)
Best Video – Fally Ipupa (DRC): “Sexy Dance”
Best Group – P-Square (Nigeria)
Brand New Act – Mo Cheddah (Nigeria)
Best Performance – Big Nuz (South Africa)
Song of the Year – Liquideep (South Africa): “Fairytale”
MAMA Legend – Miriam Makeba (South Africa)
Best International – Eminem (USA).

Check out the song of the year and their new one two, it’s Liquideep’s Fairytale and Alone for a Monday morning 🙂 Don’t forget to catch the broadcast on MTV Base on Saturday the 18th at 7pm!

Singer/ actress Eve to host MAMAs

The MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain are just days away and now MTV Base has revealed this year’s host for the third MAMAs ceremony. It’s none other than actress and singer Eve. While she holds down the hosting duties, T-Pain, together with South African house trio Big Nuz and four-time MAMA winner D’Banj (Nigeria) will take to the stage to perform in Lagos, Nigeria come the 11th of December.

This is pretty random, but it has been year’s since I heard Eve’s collab with Alicia Keys called Gangsta Lovin’. Remember that one? Well now after all this time, I heard it again on Monday and now this. #Randomfact for the day. That’s all 🙂 Check out a list of this year’s nominees below:

2010 MAMA Nominees

MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain nominees:

Best Video
Fally Ipupa – Sexy dance (DRC)
P-Square f/t J. Martins- E No Easy (Nigeria)
The Parlotones – Life Design (South Africa)
Banky W – Strong Ting (Nigeria)

Mo Cheddah (Nigeria)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Muthoni (Kenya)
JoJo (Gabon)

Song Of The Year
D’Banj – Fall In Love (Nigeria)
Liquideep – Fairytale (South Africa)
JR – Show Dem (South Africa)
Banky W – Lagos Party (Nigeria)

Artist of The Year

2 Face (Nigeria)
P-Square (Nigeria)
Jozi (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)

Best Francophone
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Awadi (Senegal)
DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Ba Ponga (Gabon)

Best Anglophone

Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wande Coal (Nigeria)
Daddy Owen (Kenya)
Big Nuz (South Africa)

Best Lusophone
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Paul G (Angola)
Cabo Snoop (Angola)
Dama Do Bling (Mozambique)

Best Female

Sasha (Nigeria)
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Nneka (Nigeria)
Barbara Kanam (DRC)

Best Male

2 Face (Nigeria)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Wande Coal (Nigeria)

Best Group
P-Square (Nigeria)
Radio & Weasle (Uganda)
Teargas (South Africa)
P-Unit (Kenya)

Best International
Rihanna (USA)
Drake (USA)
Eminem (USA)
Rick Ross (USA)

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.

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.