NAIROBI, October 14 – Kenya was out of luck in this year’s Channel O Music Awards bagging a big zero of the 13 honours up for grabs.
In a glitzy event at the Big Top Arena in Carnival City, Namibia and Nigeria dominated the Awards ceremony, with Kenya’s neighbour Tanzania also snapping up one coveted trophy.
The ceremony celebrated some of the biggest names in the music industry across the continent, and was hosted by VJs KB Ngakane and Nonhle Thema.
And the winners are…Best Male Video: Ikechukwu (Nigeria), Best Female Video: Lizha James (Mozambique), Best Newcomer: Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe), Best Duo or Group: P Square (Nigeria), Best Dance: Lady May (Namibia), Best Ragga Dancehall Video: Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe), Best R&B Video: Gal Level (Namibia), Best Kwaito: The Dogg (Namibia), Best African Southern: Freshly Ground (South Africa), Best African West: M-Trill (Nigeria), Best African East: Witness ft Fid Q (Tanzania),
Best Hip Hop Video: KC Presh (Nigeria), Video of the Year: P Square (Nigeria).
Before the ceremony, guests were treated to electric live performances by Rythmic Elements, Bleksem, Irene and Jane, Witness, Ikechukwu as well as a never before seen collabo between Pro and Da L.E.S.
“Spirits were high and the camaraderie and moral support was evident. It was truly a Pan-African event,” gleamed Channel O General Manager, Yolisa Phahle. “Every year these awards reveal amazing developments in our music industry and video production which improves year upon year,” she added.
South African Afro-fusion band Freshlyground represented Mzansi when they scooped the award for Best African Southern for “Pot Belly”.
Legendary jazz musician Jimmy Dludlu delivered a moving performance paying tribute to his friend and mentor the late George Lee, this year’s recipient of the Special Recognition award, who passed away on September 16 after a long battle with motor neuron disease.
Fans who missed it can catch the repeat broadcast on October 23, on Channel O.