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5 MTV Africa Music Award Nominees That Should be on Your Radar

April 21, 2014

By Nathaniel Simons, The Africa Channel


There’s something about African music, right? Whether it’s those deep drums, soulful lyrics, or feel-good melodies, isn’t it always distinctly African? Well, if you’re a fan of music from the continent, you’re probably familiar with the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs).

After a three-year hiatus, the awards show is back in full swing and will take place on June 7th from Durban, South Africa. This year’s nominations include some of Africa’s premier talents like PSquare and WizKid and new, emerging artists like Heavy K and Uhuru in the music categories, and personalities like Chimanda Ngozi Adichie and Lupita Nyong’o in the non-music categories. So in order to get you ready for the big show, we took some time to spotlight five MAMA nominees that should be on your radar:


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From: Luanda, Angola
MAMA Nom(s): Best Male, Best Lusophone
Song You Should Check Out: “Nao Me Toca”




From: Lagos, Nigeria
MAMA Nom(s): Best Female
Song You Should Check Out: “Kedike”



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From Kigoma, Tanzania
MAMA Nom(s): Best Male, Best Collaboration
Song You Should Check Out: “Number One (remix)” feat. Davido




From: Kumasi, Ghana
MAMA Nom(s): Best Female
Song You Should Check Out: “Best in Me”



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From: Mmabatho, South Africa
MAMA Nom(s): Best Hip Hop
Song You Should Check Out: Hape Le Hape ft. Da L.E.S. & Magesh


See below for the full list of nominations: 


Best Male:
Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
Davido (Nigeria)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Donald (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)


Best Female:

Arielle T (Gabon)
Chidinma (Nigeria)
DJ C’ndo (South Africa)
Efya (Ghana)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)


Best Group:

Big Nuz (South Africa)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
P Square (Nigeria)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)


Best New Act:

Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Heavy K (South Africa)
Phyno (Nigeria)
Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Uhuru (South Africa)


Best Live Act:

2face (Nigeria)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Flavour (Nigeria)
Dr Malinga (South Africa)
Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)


Best Collaboration:

Amani ft Radio and Weasel – ‘Kiboko Changu’ (Kenya/Uganda)
Diamond feat Davido – ‘Number One’ (Remix) (Tanzania/Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat May D – ‘Happiness’ (South Africa/Nigeria)
R2bees feat Wizkid – ‘Slow Down’ (Ghana/Nigeria)
Uhuru feat DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor, Yuri Da Cunha – ‘Y-tjukutja’ (South Africa/Angola)


Artist of the Year:

Davido (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
P Square (Nigeria)
Uhuru (South Africa)


Song of the Year:

Davido- ‘Skelewu’ (Nigeria)
DJ Clock feat Beatenberg – ‘Pluto’ (Remember Me) (South Africa)
DJ Ganyani feat FB – ‘Xigubu’ (South Africa)
DJ Kent feat The Arrows –‘Spin My World Around’ (South Africa)
Dr Sid feat Don Jazzy – ‘Surulere’ (Nigeria)
KCee – ‘Limpopo’ (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat Uhuru ‘Khona’ (South Africa)
Mi Casa- ‘Jika’ (South Africa)
P Square – ‘Personally’ (Nigeria)
Yuri Da Cunha -‘Atchu Tchu Tcha’ (Angola)


Best Hip Hop:

AKA (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Khuli Chana (South Africa)
Olamide (Nigeria)
Sarkodie (Ghana)


Best Pop:

Danny K (South Africa)
Fuse ODG (Ghana)
Goldfish (South Africa)
LCNVL (South Africa)
Mathew Mole (South Africa)


Best Alternative:

Gangs of Ballet (South Africa)
Michael Loman (South Africa)
Nakhane Toure (South Africa)
Parlotones (South Africa)
Shortstraw (South Africa)


Best Francophone:

Arielle T (Gabon)
Espoir 2000 (Ivory Coast)
Ferre Gola (DRC)
Toofan (Togo)
Youssoupha (Congo)


Best Lusophone:

Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
JD (Angola)
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)
Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)



Personality of the Year:

Chimamanda Adiche – Writer (Nigeria)
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – Actress (Nigeria)
Trevor Noah- Comedian (South Africa)
Lupita Nyong’o – Actress (Kenya)
Yaya Toure – Soccer Player (Cote d’Ivoire)


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Anisa Mpungwe (Tanzania)
Clarence Peters (Nigeria)
Leti Arts (Ghana)
Rasty (South Africa)

Twitter: @NathanielSimons




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