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Kaakie, R2bees, D-Black, Chase, Fuse ODG and others nominated for Channel O Music Video Awards

kaakieNominations 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 included multiple double nods for over 10 artists, from East, West and Southern African, 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. 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. This year’s nominees list features many longstanding members of the African music scene, among them South Africa’s Oskido (“Tsa Mandebele” for Most Gifted African Southern), Zimbabwe’s Buffalo Souljah (“Basawine” for Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video), 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 – South Africans Moneoa (“Is’Bhanxa”) and Idols Season 8 winner Khaya Mthethwa (“Move”), Nigeria’s Lola Rae (“Watch My Ting Go”) and Burna Boy (“Tonight”) 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. To celebrate a decade of recognising the best African contemporary music talent, the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards has 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.

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 on Thursday, 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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Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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