NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 11 – Kenyan musicians on Saturday night bagged three awards at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani indoor arena.The high profile event that premiered in Abuja, Nigeria, last November saw Amani, whose real name is Cecilia Wairimu, bag the best female award while David Mathenge aka Nameless won in the best male artiste category.
Nameless also won in the Listeners Choice category.
Amani was nominated for her song ‘Tonight’ while Nameless was nominated for his song “Sunshine.’
Artiste of the year went to D’Banj of Nigeria at the event hosted by international hip hop legend Wyclef Jean.
Jean’s ‘legendary showmanship, outrageous sense of humour and infinite enthusiasm’ managed to create a vibrate atmosphere at the event that was attended by thousands of music lovers.
The MAMA was created last year to celebrate the best African contemporary music.
MTV Africa Music Awards (2009) Winners;
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR – D’banj
BEST ALTERNATIVE AWARD – Zebra & Giraffe
BEST FEMALE AWARD – Amani
BEST GROUP AWARD – P Square
BEST HIP HOP AWARD – MI
BEST MALE AWARD – Nameless
BEST NEW ACT – MI
BEST PERFORMER AWARD – Samini
BEST R&B AWARD – 2 Face
BEST VIDEO AWARD – HHP
LISTENERS CHOICE AWARD – Nameless
MAMA LEGEND AWARD – Lucky Dube
MY VIDEO AWARD – Fally Ipupa