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​03/10/2016: Tiwa Savag, Yemi Alade, AKA, Babes Wodumo, Cassper Nyovest & Emtee Set the pace at the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) revealed the final round of nominations for the forthcoming MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 (MAMA) at the Hard Rock Café, Lagos, Nigeria during the Road to MAMA – Lagos 2016 (2 October 2016).
The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016, taking place at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on 22 October 2016, is brought to you by Joburg Tourism in partnership with Absolut Vodka and Google and in association with MTN and DStv.

Reflecting talent from the length and breadth of the African continent, the second round of nominations revealed nominees in 7 award categories including Artist of the Year, Best Female, Listener’s Choice, Best Breakthrough, Best Francophone, Song of the Year in partnership with Google, and Video of the Year. Setting the pace in the prestigious Artist of the Year category are Nigerian artists Wizkid and Yemi Alade, who go head to head against South Africa’s Black Coffee, Kenyan group Sauti Sol and Tanzanian artist Diamond.

The year’s most unforgettable songs are highlighted in Song of the Year in partnership with Google, where “Shaktibobo” by Olamide (Nigeria) squares up against “Reggae Blues” by Harrysongz feat Olamide, Kcee & Iyanya, Orezi (Nigeria), “My Woman, My Everything” by Patoranking feat. Wande Coal (Nigeria), “Godwin” – Korede Bello (Nigeria), “Ngud” – Kwesta feat. Cassper (South Africa), “Roll Up Re-Up” – Emtee feat. Wizkid and AKA (South Africa/Nigeria), “Soweto Baby” by DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid (South Africa/Nigeria), “Baddest” – AKA feat. Burna Boy, Khuli Chana, Yanga (South Africa/Nigeria), “Wololo” - Babes Wodumo feat. Mampintsha (South Africa), “Coller la Petite” - Franko (Cameroon) and “Unconditionally bae” - Sauti Sol feat. Alikiba (Kenya/Tanzania).

Contenders for the Best Video category include former MAMA honouree Clarence Peters, who scored a nod for Tiwa Savage’s “If I Start to Talk”, which goes up against the Kyle Lewis directed “Jump” (Anatii & Cassper feat. Nasty C), Daniel Levi’s “Caviar Dreams” for AL Bairre & PhFAT, “Kisasi Kumi” directed by Sasha Vybz on behalf of Sheeba, and Congolese artist Youssoupha’s “Niquer Ma Vie”, directed jointly by Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon.

Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage notched up a second nomination in the Best Female category where she faces strong opposition from fellow countrywoman Yemi Alade, Josey (Ivory Coast), Mz Vee (Ghana) and Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania).

Representing the artistry of Africa’s French-speaking nations, Franko (Cameroon) finds himself pitted against fellow countryman Magasco, in Best Francophone alongside J-Rio of Gabon, Ivory Coast’s Serge Beynaud and Togolese duo Toofan.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, “This year’s nominations are truly pan-African, coming from all corners of the continent, and honouring artists and achievers from more countries than ever before. We congratulate all our nominee from North, East, West, Central and Southern Africa as we count down the weeks to MAMA 2016.”

Voting for MAMA 2016 is underway at and affiliated Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Additionally, fans can vote for Best Breakthrough, Song of the Year, Best Group, and Best International Act by simply searching for “MTV MAMA” on Google. Voting in all categories closes at 22:59 WAT/23.59 CAT on 19 October 2016.

Guests at the MAMA 2016 nominations party were entertained with sizzling performances by MAMA nominees Patoranking, Ycee, Nasty C and Simi, alongside rising stars Skales, Runtown and Koker. DJs Xclusive, Humility, Kaywise, Hazan and TTB kept the dance-floor packed to capacity. The event was attended by a host of artists, celebrities and other glitterati, while MTV Base VJ Ehiz and Uchi Agbai shared the hosting duties.

Black Coffee (South Africa)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Josey (Ivory Coast)
Mz Vee (Ghana)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Babes Wodumo (South Africa)
Emtee (South Africa)
Falz (Nigeria)
Franko (Cameroon)
Nasty C (South Africa)
Nathi (South Africa)
Raymond (Tanzania)
Simi (Nigeria)
Tekno (Nigeria)

Franko (Cameroon)
J-Rio (Gabon)
Magasco (Cameroon)
Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast)
Toofan (Togo)

Adiouza (Senegal)
Bebe Cool (Uganda)
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Den G (Liberia)
EL (Ghana)
Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)
Jay Rox (Zambia)
Kansoul (Kenya)
Kiss Daniel (Nigeria)
Lij Michael (Ethiopia)
LXG (Sierra Leone)
Meddy (Rwanda)
Messias Marioca (Mozambique)
Prince Kaybee (South Africa)
Reda Taliani (Algeria)
Saad Lamjarred (Morocco)
Sabri Mosbah (Tunisia)
Sidiki Diabate (Mali)
Tamer Hosny (Egypt)
The Dogg (Namibia)
Yamoto Band (Tanzania)

“Shaktibobo” – Olamide (Nigeria)
“Reggae Blues” - Harrysongz feat Olamide, Kcee & Iyanya, Orezi (Nigeria)
“My Woman, My Everything” – Patoranking feat. Wande Coal (Nigeria)
“Godwin” – Korede Bello (Nigeria)
“Ngud” – Kwesta feat. Cassper (South Africa)
“Roll Up Re-Up” – Emtee feat. Wizkid and AKA (South Africa/Nigeria)
“Soweto Baby” – DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid (South Africa/Nigeria)
“Baddest” – AKA feat. Burna Boy, Khuli Chana, Yanga (South Africa/Nigeria)
“Wololo” - Babes Wodumo feat. Mampintsha (South Africa)
“Coller la Petite“ – Franko (Cameroon)
“Unconditionally bae” - Sauti Sol feat. Alikiba (Kenya/Tanzania)

“Jump” - Anatii & Cassper feat. Nasty C (South Africa); Director: Kyle Lewis
“Caviar Dreams” - AL Bairre & PhFAT (South Africa); Director: Daniel Levi
“If I Start to Talk” - Tiwa Savage feat. Dr Sid (South Africa); Director: Clarence Peters
“Kisasi Kumi” - Sheeba (Uganda) - Director: Sasha Vybz
“Niquer Ma Vie“ - Youssoupha (Congo) - Director: Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon

No nominations are to be revealed for the MTV Base Reimagined award and MAMA Legend awards which are decided exclusively by MTV Base.

Tickets for the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 are on sale now priced from ZAR 250 (standing only) via, at Ticketpro retail outlets or dealers at Over 18s only.

DStv, and Metro FM are the official South African media partners of the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016.

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Previously announced nominees for MAMA 2016, revealed 25 September 2016, were:

AKA (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Patoranking (Nigeria)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)
Flavour (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Stonebwoy (Ghana)

Mi Casa (South Africa)
Navy Kenzo (Tanzania)
R2bees (Ghana)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Toofan (Togo)

Best Collaboration in partnership with Absolut

AKA feat. Burna Boy, Khuli Chana & Yanga – "Baddest" (South Africa/Nigeria)
DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid & DJ Bucks - "Soweto Baby" ((South Africa/Nigeria)
Nasty C feat. Davido, Cassper - "Juice Back Remix" (Nigeria/South Africa)
Patoranking feat. Sarkodie – "No Kissing" (Nigeria/Ghana)
Sauti Sol feat. Alikiba - "Unconditionally Bae" (Kenya/Tanzania)

Best Hip Hop in association with MTN
Emtee (South Africa)
Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast)
Olamide (Nigeria)
Riky Rick (South Africa)
Ycee (Nigeria)

Best Pop/Alternative
Desmond & The Tutus (South Africa)
LCNVL (South Africa)
Shekinah (South Africa) / Kyle Deutsch (South Africa)
Timo ODV (South Africa)
Tresor (DRC)

Best Lusophone
C4 Pedro (Angola)
NGA (Angola)
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Nelson Freitas (Netherlands/Cape Verde)
Preto Show (Angola)

Personality of the Year in association with DStv
Caster Semenya (South Africa)
Linda Ikeji (Nigeria)
Pearl Thusi (South Africa)
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best International
Adele (UK)
Beyoncé (USA)
Drake (Canada)
Future (USA)
Rihanna (Barbados)

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