Other than landing two nominations in the 6th edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs), Kenyan AfroPop supergroup Sauti Sol will also be performing during the event to be held in Johannesburg this coming Saturday, the 22nd of October.
The definitive annual celebration of African and international talent and achievement, MAMAs, recognises and rewards musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year. The ceremony will feature stunning performances from African and international artists along with the show’s signature cross-genre and cross-border collaborations.
Also lighting up the MAMA stage with dazzling live performances will be Nigerian AfroBeat giant Wizkid, Angolan “Kizomba” icon C4 Pedro and legendary South African “House” DJ and producer, DJ Maphorisa – as they all head to Johannesburg to perform at the MAMAs.
Fresh from his recent collaboration with Drake, Wizkid is this year’s most nominated MAMA artist, with an incredible 6 nominations, including two nods for Song of the Year, plus the prestigious Artist of the Year, Best Male and Personality of the Year. East coast foursome Sauti Sol is not far behind with an amazing 4 nominations including Best Group, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration (for “Unconditionally Bae” featuring Alikiba).
C4 Pedro is going head-to-head against the continent’s best Portuguese-speaking artists in the Best Lusophone category, where he is pitched against fellow countrymen NGA and Preto Show, alongside Mozambique’s Lizha James and Nelson Frietas (Cape Verde). Uhuru alumnus DJ Maphorisa, who has been hitting the headlines recently for his co-production credit on Drake’s “One Dance”, is back in the spotlight for his solo achievements at this year’s awards, notching up two nominations, for Song of the Year and Best Collaboration, for “Soweto Baby”, featuring Wizkid.
Other African performers include Diamond, Emtee, Future, Kwesta, Patoranking Alikiba, Babes Wodumo, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Ycee and Yemi Alade.
The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 will broadcast LIVE from the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on MTV(DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) from 21:00 CAT on 22 October (live Red Carpet show will be streamed on www.mtvbase.com from 18:30 CAT).