Ghanaian music acts R2Bees, Stonebwoy and Sarkodie are in contention for respective awards after getting listed for this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs).
The sixth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards comes off at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg on October 22.
In the first round of nominee list for the 6th edition of the awards released by organizers Viacom Wednesday night, R2Bees, a hip hop and hiplife duo from Tema made up of Faisal Hakeem and Rashid Mugeez were revealed as one of contenders for the Best Group Award. They made the cut alongside Micasa, Toofan, Sauti Sol and Navy Kenzo.
Also, Stonebwoy earned nomination in the Best Live Act category alongside South African assassins Casper Nyovest, and Mafikizolo, Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo, and Nigeria’s Flavour.
Rapper Sarkdodie’s track with Nigeria’s Patoranking, “No Kissing”, also received a mention in the Best Collaboration category.
The second round of nominations, comprising 7 additional award categories, including Artist of the Year, Best Female, Listener’s Choice, Best Breakthrough, Best Francophone, Song of the Year in partnership with Google, and Video of the Year, will be revealed at the Hard Rock Café, Lagos, Nigeria during Road to MAMA – Lagos 2016 (2 October 2016).
No nominations will be revealed for the MTV Base Reimagined award, and MAMA Legend.
This year’s MAMAs will be hosted by celebrated South African Comedian Trevor Noah and will feature performances from Alikiba, Babes Woduma, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Ycee and Yemi Alade.
It will air live across Africa on multi-platform network MTV Base and MTV in Africa as well as globally on partner stations and content platforms. MTV channels around the world will be airing a one-hour MAMA-themed edition of MTV World Stage, Viacom says.
Voting for your favourite:
Voting for MAMA 2016 opens at 23:00 on Wednesday 21 September at www.mtvbase.com and affiliated Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Additionally, fans can vote for Best Group and Best International Act from 21 September by simply searching for “MTV MAMA” on Google, with each Google account allowed 5 votes per category per day. Google voting for Best Breakthrough and Song of the Year will open on 2 October. Voting in all categories closes at 23.59 CAT on 19 October 2016.
MAMA 2016 Nominations (Part 1)
AKA (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
Navy Kenzo (Tanzania)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Best Collaboration in partnership with Absolut
AKA feat. Burna Boy, Khuli Chana & Yanga – “Baddest” (South Africa/Nigeria)
DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid & DJ Bucks – “Soweto Baby” ((South Africa/Nigeria)
Nasty C feat. Davido, Cassper – “Juice Back Remix” (Nigeria/South Africa)
Patoranking feat. Sarkodie – “No Kissing” (Nigeria/Ghana)
Sauti Sol feat. Alikiba – “Unconditionally Bae” (Kenya/Tanzania)
Best Hip Hop in association with MTN
Emtee (South Africa)
Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast)
Riky Rick (South Africa)
Desmond & The Tutus (South Africa)
LCNVL (South Africa)
Shekinah (South Africa) / Kyle Deutsch (South Africa)
Timo ODV (South Africa)
C4 Pedro (Angola)
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Nelson Freitas (Netherlands/Cape Verde)
Preto Show (Angola)
Personality of the Year in association with DStv
Caster Semenya (South Africa)
Linda Ikeji (Nigeria)
Pearl Thusi (South Africa)
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)