Winners at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards

Pic: Al Nicoll
Pic: Al Nicoll

Last night the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) returned to our screens. The show included performances from Africa’s finest like Davido, Dbanj, Tiwa Savage, Sarkodie and Mafikizolo, as well as a few internationals too like Miguel and Trey Songz. The show was hosted by American comedian Marlon Wayans battled his way through some of the names and had many people questioning his hosting duties. He had some high notes, but for the most part people were asking why no African comedians were included in the bill. Alas, it is what it is and the show was actually really impressive and enjoyable. Did you spot the ‘Kool Kardashian’ aka Khloe Kardashian? She was in Durban to show her man, French Montana support.

In case you missed it, here are the winners from the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards:
Best Male: Davido (Nigeria)

Best Female: Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Best Group: Mafikizolo (South Africa)

Best New Act: Stanley Enow (Cameroon)

Best Live Act: Flavour (Nigeria)

Best Collaboration: “Y-tjukutja” – Uhuru Ft. Oskido, DJ Bucks, Professor and Yuri Da Cunha (South Africa/Angola)

Best Hip Hop: Sarkodie (Ghana)

Best Alternative: Gangs of Ballet (South Africa)

Best Francophone: Toofan (Togo)
Best Francophone: Toofan (Togo)

Best Lusophone: Anselmo Ralph (Angola)

Artist of the Year: Davido (Nigeria)

Song of the Year: “Khona” – Mafikizolo ft Uhuru (South Africa)

Best Video: Clarence Peters (Nigeria)

Best Pop: Goldfish (South Africa)

Best International: Pharrell

Personality of the Year: Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya)

MTV Base Leadership Award: Ashish J. Thakkar (Tanzania)

Transform Today Award by Absolut: Clarence Peters (Nigeria)

ICYMI – All the #MTVMAMA nominees

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The MAMAs are back!!! About damn time and I love me my MTV family… So hopefully I can shoot down to Durban to cover the events, but that will be determined in the next couple of weeks. For now and in case you missed it, here are this year’s MAMA nominees:

Best Male:

Anselmo Ralph (Angola)

Davido (Nigeria)

Diamond (Tanzania)

Donald (South Africa)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

 

Best Female:

Arielle T (Gabon)

Chidinma (Nigeria)

DJ C’ndo (South Africa)

Efya (Ghana)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Continue reading “ICYMI – All the #MTVMAMA nominees”

Mi Casa ready to Turn You On

I was lucky enough to be at home when the behind the scenes of Mi Casa’s new single, Turn You On was being broadcast on MTV Base. Shortly after that, the debut of the long awaited single went live to the continent. If you missed it, the good folks at Soul Candi have put the video live online. You can watch it above now… Heading towards the 1million views mark like its predecessor, Jika? I think it could just…

MTV VJ Search auditions move to Jozi

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If only I was a bit younger… sigh! Anyway, sob story done 😉 Aspiring VJs, it’s your chance to shine… MTV Base is looking for a new VJ and this is your last chance, as auditions roll into Jozi today. No pressure fellow Jozi residents, but the City of Gold needs to outshine the rest of the country ya hear? Good!

The auditions are taking place at Melrose Arch today. You’ll need to impress the very talented judging panel, comprised of comedian Joey Rasdien, your Queen B, Bonang Matheba and of course the original VJ winner, Sizwe Dhlomo. You know they’re young and entertaining, so that should be a good indicator as to what you need to bring to the auditions.

If you win the competition, not only will you get a cushy gig of a lifetime at one of the most iconic brands in the world, but you’ll be driving there in style. There’s a Citroën DS3 Cabrio up for grabs too. Not too shabby huh?

Here are a few things to note: Registration for the MTV Base VJ Search auditions starts from 9:00 am on Saturday 27 July. Applicants are encouraged to be on-site early as auditions will take place on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applicants must be South African residents between the ages of 18-25 with fluent English and no criminal record.  Prior presenting or TV experience is not required.  Applicants must bring valid ID with them and be available to participate in the elimination phases of the competition between 30 July and 7 August.  For full terms and conditions, to download the audition script and to view online submissions, please go to www.mtvbase.com and follow the link to the MTV Base VJ Search microsite.  To upload a video entry, please upload a 30 second video clip (.m4v, .mp4 format) to www.mtvbase.com, or send your clip as an attachment or email a link to your video on YouTube to basedigital@vimn.com.

2013 MTV VJ Search rolls into Durbs

image001If you want to know one thing about it, it’s that I always wanted to be an MTV VJ. I had aspirations of being a VJ on the hugely popular show, TRL… I mean who didn’t want to interview some of the biggest names in the game, live and direct from Times Square in New York City (only the best city in the world might I add). Sadly, the closest I got to that was actually being an audience member back in 2007 and shortly after the MTV pulled the plug on the show.

The dream of working in NYC is still there and maybe it will be more behind the scenes at MTV, but that’s a side note. If you’re young, funky, fresh and fly and you want to work at MTV Base then here is your chance. The music network is once again embarking on its VJ search and you could be the chosen one. Auditions take place in Umhlanga this weekend and if you think you have what it takes to join the likes of Sizwe, Nomuzi Mabena and many others then head on down to Gateway Theatre of Shopping this Saturday. Full press release below: Continue reading “2013 MTV VJ Search rolls into Durbs”

Gallery: FLOTUS, Michelle Obama in Johannesburg, South Africa

American First Lady, Michelle Obama is currently out in South Africa with her husband and their daughters, as part of the Obama family’s African trip. Yesterday Mrs. Obama participated in a Google + Hangout, in conjunction with MTV Base. Four young participants from SA joined Michelle, MTV’s Sizwe Dhlomo, John Legend (in LA) and a whole host of other participants in New York, Houston and Kansas. You can watch the full Hangout below:

Loving Snoop Lion’s new album

Firstly, welcome to May 2013. Man oh man, this year is flying. I’ve got a lot of things I need to do before we wrap up the first half of the year… I’m sure you do too, so get it going.

Right, back to the post. I’ve been listening to Snoop Lion‘s new material, Reincarnated. It’s not a typical Snoop album, you know the hip-hop vibe. Instead Snoop has taken it to Jamaica, explored his spiritual Rastafarian side and his reggae side. Let me tell you, it’s good. I’m downloaded a few of the tracks from the album off iTunes and I’m getting ready to complete the album. Check out the interview above. It’s great and will give you a better understanding about where Snoop is in his life and what’s next for Snoop.

Snoop is heading out to SA later this month to take back in the MTV Base Africa All Stars. He’ll be headlining the show, but there are a whole host of other massive names sharing the stage with Snoop including Fally Ipupa, Professor, 2Face, Zakes Bantwini and many many more. They’ll be in KwaZulu-Natal, so be sure to get your tickets from computicket.com

Details for the MTV Base VJ search

Have you, like me, ever wanted to be an MTV VJ? Do you love music, celebrities? Do you like globetrotting, hanging out at some of the swankiest parties around? Well here’s your chance to make it happen.

MTV Base is once again embarking on another VJ search that will allow the winner to join the ranks of previous winner Sizwe Dhlomo and Fikile “Fix” Moeti. Auditions around SA kick off in July, the 14th and the 21st to be precise.

Here’s what you will need to do in your audition: Imagine you’re live on MTV Base and need to present to the millions of MTV Base viewers across the continent. You’ll need to cover the following:

– Give a short presentation about yourself;
– Review your favourite artist and your favourite music video by this artist;
– Introduce this music video to the millions of viewers watching MTV base;
– Improvise and just be yourself, as we want to see what YOU are about.

It wont be an easy ride. The judges are some of the most respected people in the business and so don’t take this lying down. Live presenter Bonang Matheba, Hip-Hop star HHP, TV presenter and DJ Azania Mosaka and MTV Creative Director Tim Horwood will all be on the judging panel, so be prepared and be ready to wow!

The Queen B said, “I am so excited to be a judge in the 2012 MTV Base VJ Search.  It’s tough to break into the entertainment business, so this is a fantastic opportunity. I started my own TV career at the tender age of 15 so I know how much raw, untapped talent is out there just waiting to be found… I know we’re going to find someone out of this world!” Continue reading “Details for the MTV Base VJ search”

Trey Songz is in South Africa

Trey Songz poses for pictures at The Saxon in Johannesburg, South Africa

R&B star Trey Songz is in South Africa. The star touched down in Mzansi last night. He’ll be performing two concerts during his stay. One at the Wavehouse in Durban this Friday and this will be followed by a gig at the Coca Cola Dome in Jozi. The star is out here to celebrate Women’s Month and these performances are brought to you by ME & MY GIRLS (a division of Canoc Productions), in association with Metro FM and MTV Base.

Ahead of the performances, the star held a press conference at the lavish venue The Saxon. He was joined by SA hip hop stars, Teargas and his manager Kevin Liles (former Def Jam Executive Vice President). Let me tell you when he walked in the female fans and media guests (some boys too) gushed on arrival. It was hilarious – quick but hilarious. As soon as my video is done I will post it on here. The Bottoms Up singer told guests how excited he was to be out here for the first time. I know you’re probably thinking yeah yeah they all say it, but I do believe him. Obviously traveling to places for the first time is exciting (I feel that) and so he said he, together with him family, will be doing as much as he can during their stay. One of the journalists had a really good question about touring SA. She asked why he wasn’t going to Cape Town. His response was that he is on a tight schedule and that if there was an opportunity, he would most certainly jump at it. Cape Town, watch out.

                    

He also discussed how he stayed out of the tabloids and how he remains true to himself. I respect that about him. There is no sleaze, no dirt. If there is anything vaguely out of character, he is open and honest about it, but he has yet to be embroiled in a sex tape scandal or a drug/ substance abuse problem. Big up to him for that. He also told us about his new album that he is working on, his being influenced by Jay-Z among others and of course his debut movie role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 3D. Production begins soon and it is expected to hit the big screen during the course of 2012. He dropped a bit of name saying he was chatting to Will Smith last week about his movie career and how he made the transition into movies from singing/ rapping – and look at where Will is now. So who knows, Trey Songz may just be the next big thing in Hollywood.

I also (randomly) got a picture with him. Really nice guy, approachable and friendly. Not so sure how the picture will come out, but as soon as I have it, I’ll stick it up here too. Especially for the fans! I would’ve liked to interview him one on one. Had some great questions to ask and sometimes you don’t want to share. Who knows, maybe his peops can hook up a brother up. We’ll see. What I really respect and appreciate about him is that he has achieved so much in his 26 years. I, myself, am 26 and it makes me realise how much harder and how much more I have to do to get there myself. It’s inspiring, so good for him and thanks too. As I mentioned I’ve got video coming too, so as soon as that is done, it’ll be up here.

Pictures courtesy of my BlackBerry Bold 9700.

5FM ‘Shakes’ things up, says adios to Fix & Koula


In April of this year, national station 5FM made a couple of changes to its line-up, which isn’t out of the ordinary. Now, just a couple of months on, they’ve had to alter that new line-up again as DJ Koula has parted ways with the station, in favour of exploring other opportunities. Currently Koula can only be heard on Sundays, alongside Sureshnie Rider on the show “Sunday Stuff”. Now instead of hearing Koula, you’ll be hearing ‘Hollywood Reporter’ Jennifer Su with Sushie. Interested to hear the dynamic between these two..

The station also bids one of my favourite people in the industry goodbye, DJ Fix. I remember meeting Fix back in 2006 in Cape Town when we both auditioned for the MTV Base VJ Search. I had a feeling she would win, and that she did. Since then she’s been all over the network, become a regular on the social scene and she added DJ to her already impressive resume. Fix has been awarded a scholarship in Chicago to which she says, “Another opportunity in the United States has now come my way and I’m running with it. I’m twenty three and privileged to say I’ve worked for South Africa’s leading national radio station and- who knows – I may be back one day”. That I hope so, but in the mean time… adios and good luck my friend!

So who will be replacing Fix on Friday nights after Roger ‘the Rog’ Goode? None other then DJ Milkshake. A couple of months ago we could’ve called him an up and coming DJ, not anymore. He is, one of SA’s leading club DJs and I think he’s gonna rock it on air too. Nice one Milkshake! So there you go, that’s the vibe at 5fm. What do you think?