Africa’s contemporary music industry comes under the spotlight as the winners of the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal (MAMA) are announced at a star studded ceremony at Durban’s International Convention Centre (ICC).
This Saturday night, Africa’s biggest contemporary artists and achievers will be gracing the red carpet for what is the biggest event of the African music calendar.
Musicians from the length and breadth of the African continent have been nominated in the awards, created in 2008, which celebrate African contemporary music and achievement in 18 different categories including Best Male, Best Female, Best Group, Song of the Year and Best Video.
Artists recognised by the awards include: Sauti Sol, Amani, Fally Ipupa, Ice Prince, Radio and Weasel and Zakes Bantwini among others.
Kenyan star and winner of the 2014 Best Actress Oscar, Lupita Nyong’o is nominated In the Personality of the Year category, against Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adiche (“Half of a Yellow Sun”), international soccer player Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire), South African comedian Trevor Noah and Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.
This year’s award ceremony will also crown the winner of MTV Base Leadership Award. The award is presented to a young African man or woman under the age of 40 who is inspiring young Africans by their leadership and extraordinary achievement in a prominent field (including but not limited to: the arts, business, politics, science, entrepreneurship and charitable work).
Nominees for Best International Act and the MTV Base Leadership Award have still to be revealed.
MTV Base has just revealed that R&B superstar Miguel is to join the star-studded line-up of performers at the 2014 MAMA. Also adding star power to the awards ceremony will be Nigerian sensations Flavour and Tiwa Savage, while urban hit makers Uhuru, Oskido and Professor will be flying the flag for South Africa.