Ne-Yo to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards


mtv_music_awardsGrammy Award winning R&B icon Ne-Yo, will perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA). The event, sponsored by KwaZulu-Natal in association with Absolut Vodka and in partnership with The City of Durban, will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre on Saturday, 18 July.

Performing songs from his sixth studio album Non Fiction, the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, “I can’t wait for you to see what I have in store Durban. I hope you’re ready, because I am.”

Since reaching the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore single So Sick, Ne-Yo has spent the last nine years churning out hit after hit, not only as a performer, but as a songwriter for his peers Beyoncé, Rihanna and the late Michael Jackson to name a few.

Multiple platinum singles, four hit albums and three Grammy Awards later, the hit-maker is ready to share his latest work with the world.

Bruce Gillmer EVP, music, talent programming and events at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) says “We are thrilled to have Ne-Yo join us in Durban. He’s an incredible artist who will elevate the MAMA to new highs.”

Alex Okosi, senior vice president and managing director at VIMN Africa adds; “We are very excited to welcome Ne-Yo to MAMA 2015 for his first ever appearance in Durban. As a sensational live performer and truly accomplished R&B star, Ne-Yo’s an all-round class act who will greatly complement the African performers on the show.”

Celebrating the evolution of African musicians by recognising contemporary artists and trailblazers across a range of music and lifestyle categories, the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015 will broadcast live across Africa on MTV Base (channel 322 on DStv), MTV (channel 130 on DStv) and BET (channel 129 on DStv) on Saturday, 18 July at 21:00. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms including BET International. In addition, a special MAMA-themed edition of MTV’s acclaimed World Stage franchise will air globally on MTV channels around the world on Thursday, 27 August 2015.

Tickets for MAMA 2015 are on sale at Computicket priced from R267. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of the tickets will be donated by MTV Base to deserving causes in KwaZulu-Natal.

DStv, Gagasi FM and YFM are the official media partners of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015.