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The biggest music ceremony of the year is here – the
2015 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA)
American actor and comedian Anthony Anderson opens
the ceremony. Did he just speak Zulu ?
The event begins with a moving bit of Durban culture.
DJ Fisherman and Naakmusiq are the first performers
at the MAMAs, they perform their hit single ‘Call out ‘
featuring DreamTeam, Danger and DJ SK.
The crowd goes wild! All eyes on Burna Boy ! The ‘Like
to party’ crooner starts off ‘All eyes on me’ from the
bleachers and moves to takes the stage with AKA and
Stonebwoy takes the stage to join the performance. Oh
snap! His microphone volume is super low.
Anderson takes a swipe at Rick Ross. He says 10 years
of MTV in Africa is like a prison sentence for the rap
Vanessa Mdee and Lynxxx present the first award of
the night. The award for Best Live Performance goes to
Diamond Platnumz. The Tanzanian star beat Nigeria’s
2niteFlavour, BigNuz, MiCasa, Toofan gives them props
for their live performances.
2Face Idibia is joined by South African singer Bucie to
perform his loved song ‘African queen’. Who knew Bucie
could speak Yoruba.
Bucie performs ‘Easy to love’.
Who will take home the award for best group?
Paul sings: “E no easy ay! ”
Best pop artsit goes to Jeremy Loops.
Anderson returns on stage and fails badly at speaking
French. Emmanuel Ikusebe and MTV VJ Nomuzi take to
the stage to present the awards for the next categories.
The award for best Lusophone act goes to Are. As the
singer thanks her fans, we can’t help but notice her
dress is almost see through. Mama mia!
The winner of the best francophone award is about to
be announced. All best are on Toofan and DJ Arafat
And the winner is DJ Arafat. Sadly he’s not here to
receive his trophy.
Neyo is here!! The stage lightening looks super dope.
He performs ‘Let me love you’. Is it us, but why isn’t
Neyo brings Seyi Shay to perform with him on his
‘Coming with you’ track. Ooops! They just bumped into
each other and Shay almost fell. Her dress though!
Let the turn up begin! The ‘So sick’ singer performs
The winners of the MTV Leadership awards are
Yemi Alade and Sauti Sol are the next performers.
Sauti Sol takes the stage first.
Yemi is looking for ‘Johnny’. The singer ends her set
with a split.
Africa has voted, the best new act on the continent is
Trevor Noah beats Nigeria’s Basketmouth and OC Ukeje
in the Personality of the year award.
Diamond Platnumz steps up to show us why he holds
the crown for Best performer in Africa. Flavour Nabania
gives his set an Eastern twist. And the ladies are going
wild; two hot men whining their waists on stage.
Everybody ‘Gweta’. Toofan take the stage with almost
DJ Jimmy Jatt sure looks dapper in his blue suit. He
and Jessica Nkosi present the MAMA evolution award.
D’Banj is announced as the winner of the MAMA
evolution award. The Koko master dedicates his award
to Don Jazzy. (By the way, anyone else notice D’Banj
and Bonang kiss?!!)
Thank you #MTVMAMA2015 !!! with @iamdbanj ,
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MTV Base Africa
Ladies and gentlemen, Jhene Aiko is on the stage.
HHP and Kenya’s top fashion blogger Sharon announce
Cassper Nyovest as the winner of the best hip-hop
award. The South African rapper shares how he used
to open up for HHP and now he is receiving his award
from the SA rapper.
Yemi is in shock as she is announce as the Best female
act. The singer brings out her fellow nominees to
share the stage with her.
“Omo you don make me fall in love”, sings D’Banj. Such
fun with the Koko master as he grabs a selfie stick and
films himself performing.
We hear drums . . . Davido and Uhuru are here.
Davido’s energy is something else.
OBO grabs a couple of drum sticks and joins the
Darey asks the most beautiful woman in South Africa
to be in his new video. She agrees on the condition
that she doesn’t have to twerk.
And the winner for best video is Ricky Rick. His video
‘Nafukwa’ is credited as the best video of the year.
Davido wins best male act of the year for the second
time in a row.
KO gets mystic on his set. Very symbolic performance
from the SA rapper.
“Wha ya say ?” Patoranking performs ‘Daniella whine’.
He starts in the middle of the audience then heads to
‘All eyes on me’ wins best collaboration of the year.
AKA, Burna and Da Les dance to their award-winning
Black Motion and Casper perform next. Anderson poses
the question we’ve all been asking: ” Cassper you gon’
marry that girl or what? ” (He’s referring to the rapper’s
girlfriend Boity Thulo).
Nyovest’s leg dance moves are killer.
OC Ukeje and DRC native Laurette take the stage to
present the award for best song of the year. Hold on,
OC speaks French?
And ‘Dorobucci’ wins best song of the year! Don Jazzy
and Reekado Banks receive the award. The Supreme
Mavin Dynasty CEO thanks his SMD team, his fans and
Don Jazzy and Pearl announce the winner of the
honorary artist of the decade award.
Nigerian talent stays repping the country; and the
winner is P-Square. They dedicate the award to
The award winning duo prep the crowd for an
electrifying performance. Joined by 4 dancers they
It’s a wrap. Good night folks.