For another year, Coke Studio Africa artistes have emerged as frontrunners in African entertainment, scooping 28 nominations in total for the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa on 22 October.
With four nominations, Kenyan award-winning group Sauti Sol led the bunch of 21 nominees from Coke Studio Africa 4, followed by Nigerian Dancehall prince Patoranking and South African rapper Emtee, both with three nominations.
Patoranking was nominated for Best Male Artist and Best Collaboration for the hit song No Kissing featuring Sarkodie. Sauti Sol were nominated in the categories of Best Group and Best Collaboration for Unconditionally Bae featuring Coke Studio Africa 3 Tanzanian singer Alikiba. They have also been nominated for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. Coke Studio Africa 4 Producer from South Africa, DJ Maphorisa has also been nominated in Best Collaboration for Soweto Baby featuring Wikzid and DJ Buckz.
Rising South African hip hop artist Emtee features on the finale episode of Coke Studio Africa season 4 in song collaborations with the show’s guest international star: Trey Songz alongside selected African superstars. He has been nominated for Best Hip Hop Artist, Song of the Year and Best Breakthrough Artist.
Coke Studio Africa newcomers are also in the spotlight. Toofan from Togo and Navy Kenzo from Tanzania were nominated in the category of Best Group. Mozambican songstress Lizha James were nominated for Best Lusophone Artist, with the Best Live act category pulling in three Coke Studio Africa artists: Flavour (Nigeria), Stonebwoy (Ghana) and Eddy Kenzo (Uganda).
Yemi Alade battled it out with Sauti Sol for the Artist of the Year award. In the Listeners Choice Award, Lij Michael, The Kansoul, Yamoto Band, Kiss Daniel and EL were all nominated. Nigerian long time collaborators Falz and Simi, both got nominated alongside Emtee for Best Breakthrough Act, while Toofan and DRC’s Serge Beynaud were nominated in the Best Francophone Artist category
The Night’s Winners
Over the weekend, SouthAfrica hosted the 8th Edition of MAMA Awards which saw electrifying performances from some of the biggest names in African Music today. The night was graced by fashion icons and media personalities who never disappoint revellers with the Red-carpet glam.
The MAMA Awards have for recognised talented musicians, personalities from all over Africa, and rewarded iconic artists, achievers and game changers, with an enviable Wizkid emerging as the biggest winner of the night. Wizkid bagged 3 MAMA Awards on Saturday night. This can only point to the unstoppable force that the young man has become and that we hope to keep seeing for a long time.
Full List of Award Winners; Best Group – Sauti Sol Best Live Act – Cassper NyovestBest Live Act – Cassper Nyovest Best Alternative – Shekinah and Kyle Deutsch Best Female Act – Yemi Alade Best International Act – Drake Africa Re-imagined – Vuvian Onano and Mary Taedzerwa Legend Award – Hugh Masekela Best Lusophone Act – C4 Pedro Best Francophone – Serge Beynaud Best Male Artist – Wizkid Listener’s Choice – Jah Prayzah Best collaboration – DJ Maphorisa ft Wizkid & DJ Bucks Video of the Year – Youssoupha (Niquer Ma Vie) Personality of the Year – Caster Semenya Best hiphop Act- Emtee Best breakthrough Act – Tekno Song of the Year – My Woman (Patoranking ft Wande Coal) Artist of the Year – Wizkid