Nominees for the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal have been unveiled

VIMN Africa and MTV Base have revealed the nominations for the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal (MAMA) at a reception at Harem, Johannesburg, attended by nominees Patoranking, Black Motion, Bucie, Cassper Nyovest and Diamond Platnumz and a host of artists, celebrities and media.

The 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal, brought to you by KwaZulu-Natal Province in association with Absolut and in partnership with The City of Durban, takes place at the Durban International Convention Centre on Saturday, 18 July 2015.

Celebrating the extraordinary evolution of African achievement, the 2015 MAMAs recognises contemporary artists and trailblazers in a range of music and lifestyle categories including Song Of The Year, Video of the Year, Best Collaboration and Personality Of The Year. A total of 70 nominees were revealed at the event, across 13 different categories. Nominees for additional categories, including the MTV Base Leadership Award and Best International Act, will be revealed at a later date.

Speaking at the event, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, VIMN Africa, commented, “As Viacom International Media Networks celebrates its first 10 years in Africa, we are thrilled to pay tribute to the dynamism, creativity and passion of all the MAMA 2015 nominees. Applauding music and achievement all over the continent, the MAMA recognises the contribution of both enduring icons on the African music scene, and new and emerging talents of the future.”

Competing in the prestigious Best Male Act category are AKA (South Africa), Davido (Nigeria), Diamond (Tanzania) and Sarkodie (Ghana), while female artists making their mark in the Best Female category include Bucie (SA), Busiswa (SA), Seyi Shay (Nigeria), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) and Yemi Alade (Nigeria).

The inspiring cross-cultural creative exchange of African musicians is measured in the Best Collaboration category, where AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR compete against Davido featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz (Nigeria/SA), Toofan & DJ Arafat (Togo/Ivory Coast), Diamond & Iyanya (Kenya/Nigeria), and Stanley Enow & Sarkodie (Cameroon/Ghana).

The enduring popularity of Hip Hop on the continent is captured in the hotly contested Best Hip Hop category, where Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) is battling it out with K.O. (South Africa), Olamide (Nigeria), Phyno (Nigeria) and Youssoupha (DRC).

Recognising the contribution of new talent on the continent, Best New Act: Transformed by Absolut gave nods to nominees from around the continent, including Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Anna Joyce (Angola), Duncan (South Africa), Patoranking (Nigeria) and Stonebwoy (Ghana).

@MTVBaseAfrica revealed on Twitter prior to the event that stand-up comedian and new Daily Show host Trevor Noah (South Africa) was nominated for the second year running as Personality of the Year – where he goes up against fellow comic Basketmouth (Nigeria), TV personality and reality star Bonang Matheba (South Africa), actor O.C. Ukeje (Nigeria) and Manchester City/Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) – after losing out to Lupita Nyong’o in the same category in 2014.

The 2014 Video Of The Year winner Clarence Peters (Nigeria) is hoping to repeat his 2014 success with a second nomination in this category for Bebe Cool’s music video Love You Everyday, competing against fellow directors Sesan (The Sound: Davido featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz), Adriaan Louw (Nafukwa: Riky Rick), Meji Alabi (Crazy: Seyi Shay Featuring Wizkid) and Ryan Kruger (Doors: Prime Circle).

The winners for the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015 will be revealed during the live TV broadcast on Saturday, 18 July.

Tickets for the 2015 MAMA go on sale at Computicket from Thursday, 18 June 2015, and priced at R267 (standing). A percentage of proceeds from the sale of the tickets will be donated by MTV Base to deserving causes in KwaZulu-Natal.

The 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal will broadcast live across Africa on MTV Base (channel 322), MTV (channel 130) and BET (channel 129) on Saturday, 18 July 2015 at 21:00. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms including BET International from Saturday, 18 July. 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.

Desmond Golding, Head of Department of Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs, KwaZulu-Natal Province, commented, “These nominations mark a significant milestone to the MAMA, which KwaZulu-Natal sees as the linchpin to deepening tourism, investment and talent.”

“Congratulations to all the 2015 MAMA nominees, particularly the nominees of Best New Act Transformed by Absolut,” said Charl Bassil, Marketing Director, Pernod Ricard South Africa. “We look forward to transforming the Best New Act nominees’ MAMA nomination journey by garnering support for them through our supporter video shout-outs and live in-market performances, and via our “Africa is Absolut” campaign. The campaign celebrates Africa’s unique creativity, recognising artists who stand by their style, who are creators, innovators and originators. A campaign that encourages artists to Be Absolut.”

Phillip Sithole Head of Durban Tourism proudly stated, “The MAMA is a true reflection of the rapid growth and music potential of the African continent. The City is proud that the event will be a catalyst to showcase the talent in the local music industry and create opportunities for our young and aspiring artists to be competitive globally. We wish the nominees in all the categories the best of luck and may they be proud of reaching this achievement for their continent.”

The nominees for MAMA 2015 are:

Best Male

AKA (South Africa); Davido (Nigeria); Diamond (Tanzania); Sarkodie (Ghana); and Wizkid (Nigeria).

Best Female

Bucie (South Africa); Busiswa (South Africa); Seyi Shay (Nigeria); Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania); and Yemi Alade (Nigeria).

Best Group

B4 (Angola); Beatenberg (South Africa); Black Motion (South Africa); P-Square (Nigeria); and Sauti Sol (Kenya).

Best New Act Transformed by Absolut

Anna Joyce (Angola); Cassper Nyovest (South Africa); Duncan (South Africa); Patoranking (Nigeria); and Stonebwoy (Ghana).

Best Hip Hop

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa); K.O. (South Africa); Phyno (Nigeria); Olamide (Nigeria); and Youssoupha (DRC).

Best Collaboration

AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: All Eyes On Me (SA/Nigeria); Davido featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz: The Sound (Nigeria/SA); Diamond & Iyanya: Bum Bum (Kenya/Nigeria); Toofan & DJ Arafat: Apero Remix (Togo/Ivory Coast); and Stanley Enow & Sarkodie: Njama Njama Cow Remix (Cameroon/Ghana).

Song Of The Year

Cassper Nyovest: Doc Shebeleza (South Africa); Euphonik featuring Mpumi: Busa (South Africa); DJ Fisherman & NaakMusiQ featuring DJ Tira, Danger & Dream Team: Call Out (South Africa); K.O featuring Kid X: Caracara (South Africa); Lil Kesh featuring Olamide & Davido: Shoki Remix (Nigeria); Mavins: Dorobucci (Nigeria); Sauti Sol: Sura Yako (Kenya); Toofan: Gweta (Togo); Wizkid: Show You The Money (Nigeria); and Yemi Alade: Johnny (Nigeria).

Best Live

Big Nuz (South Africa); Diamond (Tanzania); Flavour (Nigeria); Mi Casa (South Africa); and Toofan (Togo).

Video Of The Year

Crazy – Seyi Shay featuring Wizkid, Director: Meji Alabi ; Doors – Prime Circle, Director: Ryan Kruger; Love You Everyday – Bebe Cool, Director: Clarence Peters; Nafukwa – Riky Rick, Director: Adriaan Louw; and The Sound – Davido featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz, Director: Sesan.

Best Pop & Alternative

Fuse ODG (Ghana); Jeremy Loops (South Africa); Jimmy Nevis (South Africa); Nneka (Nigeria); and Prime Circle (South Africa).

Best Francophone

DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast); Jovi (Cameroon); Laurette Le Pearle (DRC); Tour 2 Garde (Ivory Coast); and Toofan (Togo).

Best Lusophone

Ary (Angola); B4 (Angola); Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde); NGA (Angola); and Yuri Da Cunha (Angola).

Personality Of The Year

Basketmouth (Nigeria); Bonang Matheba (South Africa); OC Ukeje (Nigeria); Trevor Noah (South Africa); and Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast).

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

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