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

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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).

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015, visit www.mtvbase.com or http://mama.mtv.com, like them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2015.

Ne-Yo returns to SA for MTV Africa Music Awards 2015

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Tell your MAMA that R&B superstar NE-YO is on his way back to Mzansi. The Grammy winner will be out here for the MTV Africa Music Awards, going down in KZN on the 18th of July.
On performing in Durban for the first time, the R&B crooner said, “I can’t wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you’re ready, because I am!”

 

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Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, “We are very excited to welcome NE-YO to MAMA 2015 for his first ever appearance in Durban.  As a sensational live perfomer and truly accomplished R&B star, NE-YO’s an all-round class act who will greatly complement the African performers on the show.”
I’ve had the privilege of meeting NE-YO. As a fan and as reporter, I can tell you he is one of the nicest, most humble people in the industry. He’s a talent to behold and trust me, if you’re going to be at the MAMAs, you will not be disappointed.

Tickets for the MAMAs are on sale at Computicket now. Visit the site for more details and to join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2015.