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First Ever MTV Africa Awards is a hit with Nigerians taking the lead

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Africa has long featured a vibrant music scene, but artists have had difficulties breaking into overseas markets. With MTV’s Saturday night award show, African artists now have an opportunity to get more global exposure as well as celebrate the continent’s artistry.

The MTV first-ever music awards program for Africa took place in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja with acts from across the continent nominated for prizes on November 22nd 2008. Nigerian Artists were the big winners at Saturday’s 1st annual MTV music awards for Africa on their own turf, keeping 6 of the 10 awards given out.

There was a cameo appearance by US rapper The Game, who gave a brief medley of his hit songs. There were also performances by the rapper’s compatriots Flo-rida, and Kelly Rowland. The legend gong went to the late Fela Kuti, the Nigerian pioneer of Afrobeat. The award was received by the star’s children, Yemi and Seun.

Winners were selected by fans sending text messages except for the legend award.

There was also a tribute to “Mama Africa” Miriam Makeba, the South African singer who died just over a week before the award event.

Winners each received a Golden Microphone trophy, which has a futuristic microphone emerging from a globe of the world, with the African continent symbolically placed at the top of the world.

Even though this was an African event there were some non-African artists nominated in different categories, including Lil Wayne, The Game, Coldplay, and Keys.

The full list of nominees and winners for the 2008 MTV Africa Music Awards were:

Best Female Artist
Wahu (Kenya) – Winner
Asa (Nigeria)
Dama Do Bling (Mozambique)
Sasha (Nigeria)
Zonke (South Africa)

Best Male Artist
Jua Cali (Kenya)
2Face (Nigeria)
D’Banj (Nigeria) – Winner
DJ Cleo (South Africa)
HHP (South Africa)

Best Live Performer
Samini (Ghana)
D’Banj (Nigeria)
P-Square (Nigeria)
Cassette (South Africa)
Jozi (South Africa) – Winner

Best Group
P-Square (Nigeria) – Winner
Freshly Ground (South Africa)
Jozi (South Africa)
The Parlotones (South Africa)
East African Bashment Crew (Uganda) – Bebe Cool and Necessary Noize

Best Alternative
Buraka Som Sistema (Portugal)
Goldfish (South Africa)
Seether (South Africa) – Winner
The Parlotones (South Africa)
Coldplay (UK)

Best Hip-Hop Artist
9ice (Nigeria) – Winner
HHP (South Africa)
Professor Jay (Tanzania)
Lil Wayne (USA)
The Game (USA)

Best R&B
P-Square (Nigeria)
Akon (Senegal / USA)
Loyiso (South Africa)
Alicia Keys (USA) – Winner
Rihanna (USA)

Best Artist of the year
Asa (Nigeria)
D’Banj (Nigeria) – Winner
P-Square (Nigeria)
HHP (South Africa)
Seether (South Africa)

Best New Act
Kwaw Kese (Ghana)
Wahu (Kenya)
9ice (Nigeria)
Naeto C (Nigeria) – Winner
Da L.E.S. (South Africa)

Video of the Year
Movaizhaleine (Gabon) – Nous
Ikechukwu (Nigeria) – Wind Am Well – Winner
P-Square (Nigeria) – Roll It
Freshlyground (South Africa) – Pot Belly
Pro Kid (South Africa) – Uthini Ngo Pro

Listener’s Choice Award
– Jax Panik (South Africa) – ’Cigarettes and Cinnamon’
– D’Banj (Nigeria) – ’Why Me’ – Winner
– Naakaya (Tanzania) – ’Mr. Politician’
– JB Mpiana (DRC) – ’Zadio Kongolo’
– P Unit Featuring DNA (Kenya) – ’Una’
– Toniks (Uganda) ’Beera Nange’
– Ofori Amponsah Featuring Samini (Ghana) – ’Odwo’

MAMA LEGEND AWARD – Fela Kuti (Nigeria)
MY VIDEO AWARD – Jide Rotilu

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  1. Siwo

    December 3, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    So where is Cameroon in all this?? Where is the good old makossa?? This needs to be redone.

  2. Favored 1986

    December 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    i know right, where is Cameroon????? coz i know they have great talent as well

  3. Shay Olivarria

    December 20, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I had to send this out to mad folks. I didn’t even know there was a MTV Africa Awards Ceremony.

    Thanks for opening my world view a bit more.

    =)

    PEACE

  4. moctard

    January 7, 2009 at 7:04 am

    It is a very good idea to have an MTV Africa award but where were the FRENCH Speaking countries. I don’t see any of them represented, so what is the point of having an African show if there is a discrimination….Any time we talk about an African show it just about the “anglophone” or just Akon. I don’t think Akon ‘s style speaks for all the “francophone”.
    PEACE and JAH BLESS…..

  5. Douala

    January 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Big up’s to all the winners but I think we can all see the “unfairness” in the situation. Its a “popularity contest” which doesn’t seem to care whether or not you’re the best at what you do. You win if MORE PEOPLE vote for you. I think that explains “Nigerians taking the lead”. To my Cameroonian peeps I guess Makossa wasn’t featured because its not “American” enough…

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Soweto Gospel Choir Beat Three African Nominees to Win Third Grammy

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The annual Grammy Award is a celebration of music achievements in over 80 categories. Of all the categories, the Best World Music Album is reserved for international performers exhibiting “non-European, indigenous traditions”. Four African Albums were nominated for this category in the 61st Grammy Award. This includes;

‘Black Times’ by Seun Kuti – You can get the album here

‘Fenfo’ by Fatoumata Diawara – you can get the album here

‘Deran’ by Bombino – you can get the album here

‘Freedom’ by the Soweto Gospel Choir – you can get it here

However, it was the Soweto Gospel Choir that took home the award for their album, Freedom.

The annual celebration for the coveted award took place on Sunday 10th February 2019. However, this is not the first time that the group will be taking home the award. In fact, it is their third win in five nominations. The album ‘Freedom’ is a rendition of popular South African liberation struggle songs. Mulalo and Mary Mulovhedzi, and album producer Diniloxolo Ndlakuse Shimmy Jiyane were on stage to receive the award on behalf of the group.

poses in the press room during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Interesting details about the album

The Choir recorded the album in June 2018 as a tribute to Nelson Mandela’s 100 Years celebration. Nelson Mandela died in 2013 at the age of 95. The album is a collection of famous South African struggle songs. A worthy inclusion in the album is a brilliant version of ‘Asimbonanga’ by Johnny Clegg. The album release happened in the United States in 2018. The group also completed a three-month tour in the United States. The group will perform songs from the album in Cape Town Jazz Festival coming up in March. Soweto Gospel Choir also plans Australasia album tour from July to September 2019.

History and previous awards

David Mulovhedsi co-founded the group with Beverly Bryer, a producer, and director 17 years ago. The group won the Grammy in ‘Best Traditional World Music Album’ category in 2007. In 2008 they also took home the award in the same category for their album ‘African Spirit’. The win at the just-concluded 61st Grammy Award makes it their third. The group has also won the Metro FM Music Award and four South African Music Awards. Soweto Gospel Choir’s collaboration with pop icon U2 also won the Emmy.

The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa took to Twitter to congratulate the group for their win. He wrote,

“Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #Grammys. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high.”

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Davido Is Second Nigerian Artist To Sell Out The 20000 Seat London O2 Arena

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Musicians always strive to increase their fanbase. The multiple award-winning superstar David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido recently sold out the O2 Arena, London. Although the artist frequently performs in front of large audiences, selling out the O2 Arena is a big deal. Most importantly, it shows the appreciation of his music abroad.

On the night of January 27, 2019, he thrilled a crowd of about 20,000 fans. His energetic performance cuts across old and new hit songs. Celebrities at the event include Naomi Campbell, Tim Westwood, and the Editor of British Vogue magazine Edward Enninful. Idris Elba was on stage to introduce the superstar. In 2018 Wizkid’s AfroRepublik concert sold out the same venue. Davido made it clear that it was also his dream to achieve the same feat. Besides Davido and Wizkid, only a few artists in Africa can boast of the same achievement. Therefore, artists who do consider it a great milestone.

A recap of what happened at the event

First of all, international DJ Tim Westwood and Nigerian DJ Ecool entertained the crowd in preparation for the main event. Thereafter, rising artists like Dremo, Idowest, Mayorkun, Yonda, and Zlatan thrilled the fan. These artists are all signed to the DMW record label owned by Davido. Other artists on stage to support the superstar were Victor AD and Tomi Agape.

After Davido’s introduction by Idris Elba, he appeared on stage on a suspended platform. The superstar got loud cheers from his eagerly anticipating fans. All the artists who performed that night were exceptional. However, the overwhelming cheer made it clear who the audience wanted to see. He cranked up his performance with his smash hit ‘Aye’ before switching to other hit songs. Some of the songs he performed include ‘Assurance’, ‘Dami Duro’, ‘Fall’ and ‘If’. While performing ‘Assurance’, he brought his girlfriend to the stage. The lovebirds shared a passionate kiss to the admiration of fans.

A proud display of cultural heritage

Davido is one artist that is proud of his identity and we love it!

He appeared on stage rocking the hand-beaded bomber jacket created by the OKUNOREN brothers, Taiwo and Kehinde. The brothers started the brand in 2002 importing men’s wear.  However, many years later, they revolutionized the brand to focus more on local content. The dark jacket was creatively designed using colorful beads. Speaking about the jacket the brothers said,

This is a piece from the sacred yet to be released collection. The creation of the collection requires a deep understanding of the divinity of the Yoruba people.”

This is not the first time Davido is proudly displaying his Yoruba heritage. He frequently speaks about his local food in interviews. This may be because the Yorubas are naturally inclined to their culture. The Yorubas are one of the three dominant ethnic groups in Nigeria. They dominate the South-western part of the country.

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Janet Jackson gives off a Wakanda vibe in her new song with Daddy Yankee

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Its touchdown people! She did it again! one of the most amazing artist of all times, yours truly Janet Jackson has done another masterpiece alongside Daddy Yankee.  This time she brings the Wakanda vibe to life in a vibrant colorful display of artistry and entertainment.

The addictive melody and colorful afrocentric pieces had me in my closet pulling out my ankara dress and move to the beat in pure celebration of the lighthearted joy that this song brings. The melody will have you dancing no matter who or where you are. All you have to do is listen with your heart and feel the positive energy flowing from the sound.The images and actions speak for themselves,they tell a beautiful story.Yes we all are made for now! Almost everyone in the video is dressed in African fabric,with different colors and patterns.

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From shorts, to gowns, to jackets and shirts – quite the combination too. She went all out with the scarfs and exotic necklaces, all designed to suit her visually captivating style.

If you think that is awesome check out the accessories in the video. What! The different necklaces used  says beauty, royalty, strength and confidence. Daddy Yankee rolled with the vibe too.

Did you see the car yet? if you didn’t notice, it has an African design to it. The graffiti designs on the wall, the contagious dance moves from the entire crew … Everything about this song says gives a Wakanda flavor. The only missing piece was the Wakanda greeting,  if you know what i mean.

'If you're livin' for the moment Don't stop, and celebrate the feelin' Go up, if you're livin' for the moment Don't stop, 'cause there ain't no ceilings Go up' - Made for now by Janet Jackson Click To Tweet

The song talks of a people, a culture, a love so strong nothing else matters. And unity is strength which means it is time to join together and seize the moment. No waiting for tomorrow because we are all made for now!!! 

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