Nominations for the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards were announced today, revealing an open field in the race to claim Africa’s most prestigious music awards.
Nominees in the 14 categories include multiple double nods for over 10 artists, from East, West and Southern Africa, reflecting the outpouring of world-class music videos on the continent over the past year. It’s now up to fans to vote for their favourites in this public-voted event, with more than two months for the continent’s music fans to have their say.
This year’s nominees list features many longstanding members of the African music scene, among them Zimbabwe’s Buffalo Souljah (“Basawine” for Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video), South Africa’s Oskido (“Tsa Mandebele” for Most Gifted African Southern), and Mozambique’s Lizha James (“Vais Rochar” with Anselmo Ralph for Most Gifted Female).
The list of nominees is also bursting with new faces, including the five contenders in the Most Gifted Newcomer category –Nigeria’s Lola Rae (“Watch My Ting Go”) and Burna Boy (“Tonight”), South Africans Moneoa (“Is’Bhanxa”), Idols SA Season 8 winner Khaya Mthethwa (“Move”) and Kenya’s Victoria Kimani (“Mtoto”). And the multiplicity of genres emerging in this highlight category of the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Video Awards – from Dance Pop to contemporary Afrobeat and Afro-fusion – provides a brilliant glimpse into the diversity of sounds that currently define Africa’s music scene.
6 Ghanaian artists have also been nominated in 5 categories, including Most Gifted Hip Hop Video and Most Gifted Africa West. They are DBlack and Joey B, R2Bees, E.L and M.anifest, Chase, Fuse ODG and Wyclef as well as Jayso and Sarkodie.
To celebrate a decade of recognising the best African contemporary music talent, the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awardshas expanded the prestigious Most Gifted Video of the Year category to 12 nominees, increasing the pressure on nominees in the most fiercely fought category at the awards.
The category again reveals the mix of newcomers and established artists at this year’s event – a signal of the growing maturity of Africa’s music scene.
South African duo Mafikizolo’s “Khona” is up for Most Gifted Video of the Year as well as Most Gifted Dance Video, and Nigeria’s P Square proves their ongoing popularity with the nomination of “Alingo” for the Most Gifted Video of the Year as well as Most Gifted African West.
But the Most Gifted Video of the Year category also includes hotshot newcomers, among them Kenya’s Xtatic whose track with Priddy Ugly and AKA, “Hit ‘Em Up” is making a strong bid for the title (as well as Most Gifted Duo Group or Featuring). AKA himself is making his presence felt at this year’s awards: alongside his featuring spots with Xtatic and Zeus, his video “Jealously” is in the running for Most Gifted Video of the Year and Most Gifted Hip Hop Video.
Another nominee in the Most Gifted Video of the Year category is Kenya’s STL whose “Stella Stella Stella” has also put her in contention for Most Gifted Female where she’s up against Lizha James (Vais Rochar”), South Africa’s Zonke (“Feelings”) and Toya DeLazy (“Heart”)as well as Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage (“Without My Heart” featuring Don Jazzy).
Most Gifted Male includes Botswana’s Zeus featuring AKA and Tumi, “#Datswasup” (also in the running for Most Gifted Video of the Year) along with Nigeria’s Iyanya (“Flavour”) and Wizkid (“Azonto”), South Africa’s Donald (“Over The Moon”) and Tanzania’s Ay featuring Marco Chali (“Party Zone”).
Whether it’s in the heavy hitting categories, or the genre and regional categories, there’s no doubting that the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Video Awards have all the makings of a thrilling affair when the LIVE event takes place on Saturday, 30 November at Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown Soweto, South Africa.
Just who will win Africa’s biggest awards on the night is now in the hands of fans! Voting opens tonight at 00:00am and closes onThursday, 21 November at midnight (all times CAT) and can be done on three different platforms – via sms: artist voting code to the number +2783142100415. Standard SMS rates apply on the web and WAP at www.channelo.tv
|MOST GIFTED MALE VIDEO|
|DONALD – OVER THE MOON||1A|
|ZEUS FT AKA & TUMI – #DatsWasup||1B|
|WIZKID – AZONTO||1C|
|AY/MARCO CHALI – PARTY ZONE||1D|
|IYANYA – FLAVOUR||1E|
|MOST GIFTED FEMALE VIDEO|
|ZONKE – FEELINGS||2A|
|LIZHA JAMES FT ANSELMO RALPH – VAIS ROCHAR||2B|
|STL – STELLA STELLA STELLA||2C|
|TIWA SAVAGE FT DON JAZZY – WITHOUT MY HEART||2D|
|TOYA DELAZY – HEART||2E|
|MOST GIFTED NEWCOMER|
|MONEOA – IS’BHANXA||3A|
|LOLA RAE – WATCH MY TING GO||3B|
|KHAYA MTHETHWA – MOVE||3C|
|VICTORIA KIMANI – MTOTO||3D|
|BURNA BOY – TONIGHT||3E|
|MOST GIFTED DUO, GROUP OR FEATURING|
|TEARGAS – WAKE UP||4A|
|XTATIC/AKA & PRIDDY UGLY – HIT ‘EM UP||4B|
|MICASA – CAN’T GET ENOUGH||4C|
|EME – BADDEST BOY||4D|
|NAETO C FT D’BANJ – TONY MONTANA (BAD PASS) REMIX||4E|
|ZONEFAM – CONTOLOLA||4F|
|MOST GIFTED RAGGA DANCEHALL VIDEO|
|BUFFALO SOULJAH – BASAWINE||5A|
|KAAKIE – TOO MUCH||5B|
|JESSE JAGZ – MURDER DEM||5C|
|P-UNIT FT COLLO – YOU GUY (DAT DENDAI)||5D|
|RADIO & WEASEL – CAN’T LET YOU GO||5E|
|MOST GIFTED HIP HOP VIDEO|
|AKA – JEALOUSY||6A|
|JAYSO & SARKODIE – PIZZA & BURGER||6B|
|REASON – DO IT LIKE I CAN||6C|
|IFANI FT BLAKSUGA – CHOCOLATE VANILLA||6D|
|E.L./M.ANIFEST – HALLELUJAH||6E|
|MOST GIFTED R&B VIDEO|
|BANKY W – YES/NO||7A|
|VICTORIA KIMANI/M.I. – OYA||7B|
|ANSELMO RALPH – CURTICAO||7C|
|DANNY K – BROWN EYES||7D|
|CHASE – LONELY||7E|
|MOST GIFTED AFRO POP|
|THE SOIL FT ZAKWE – IINKOMO||8A|
|SAUTI SOL – MONEY LOVER||8B|
|2 FACE IDIBIA – IHE NE ME||8C|
|THE MUFFINZ – UMSEBENZI WENDODA||8D|
|DAVIDO – GOBE||8E|
|MOST GIFTED DANCE VIDEO|
|KCEE – LIMPOPO||9A|
|MAFIKIZOLO – KHONA||9B|
|FUSE ODG FT WYCLEF JEAN – ANTENNA||9C|
|DJ MALVADO FT PETTY – JAMAICA||9D|
|DJ GANYANI FT FB – XIGUBU||9E|
|MOST GIFTED KWAITO|
|L’VOVO DERRANGO FT PROFESSOR – PALESA||10A|
|PROFESSOR ft Oskido & Charactor – FINGER PRINTS||10B|
|EES – WOZA DECEMBER||10C|
|KABELO – IMPILO||10D|
|DJ TIRA FT BIG NUZ & JOOCY – SUMMERTIME||10E|
|MOST GIFTED AFRICAN WEST|
|D’PRINCE – GOODY BAG||11A|
|ICE PRINCE – ABOKI||11B|
|R2BEES – LIFE (WALAAHI)||11C|
|D-BLACK/JOEY B – VERA||11D|
|CHIDINMA/ ILL BLISS/ THA SUSPECT – EMI NI BALLER||11E|
|P SQUARE – ALINGO||11F|
|MOST GIFTED AFRICAN EAST|
|P-UNIT/COLLO – YOU GUY [DAT DENDAI]||12A|
|SAUTI SOL – MONEY LOVER||12B|
|RADIO & WEASEL – MAGNETIC||12C|
|AY/MARCO CHALI – PARTY ZONE||12D|
|NAVIO – KATA||12E|
|MOST GIFTED AFRICAN SOUTH|
|DAMA DO BLING – MY EISH||13A|
|OSKIDO – TSA MANDEBELE||13B|
|BLACK COFFEE FT ZAKES BANTWINI – TAKE IT ALL OFF||13C|
|PAUL G FT FABULOUS – GET CONTROL||13D|
|DJ DIMPLEZ FT L – TIDO & ANATII – WE AINT LEAVING||13E|
|KHULI CHANA – HAZZADAZMOVE||13F|
|MOST GIFTED VIDEO OF THE YEAR|
|AKA – JEALOUSY||14A|
|MAFIKIZOLO – KHONA||14B|
|STL – STELLA STELLA STELLA||14C|
|P SQUARE – ALINGO||14D|
|FUSE ODG FT WYCLEF JEAN – ANTENNA||14E|
|XTATIC/AKA & PRIDDY UGLY – HIT ‘EM UP||14F|
|ZEUS FT AKA & TUMI – #DatsWasup||14G|
|WIZKID – AZONTO||14H|
|PAUL G FT FABULOUS – GET CONTROL||14I|
|REASON – DO IT LIKE I CAN||14J|
|R2BEES – LIFE (WALAAHI)||14K|
|ICE PRINCE – ABOKI||14L|
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