Road to MAMAs – Gearing Up for the 1st MTV Africa Music Awards

Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2008 at 6:16 AM

By BellaNaija.com


Its only a few days until the 1st ever MTV Africa Music Awards aka the MAMAs.
As we gear up to the event, a slew of pre-event concerts are being held all around Africa.
Here are the photos from the Lagos event. It featured performance from Naeto C, The Game, 9ice, D’Banj, Don Jazzy & Wande Coal.

Naeto C

Naeto C

Sasha

Sasha

9ice

9ice

D'Banj

D'banj

Don Jazzy & Wande Coal

Don Jazzy & Wande Coal

The Game

The Game

The Nominees
BEST FEMALE
Wahu (Kenya)
Asa (Nigeria)
Dama Do Bling (Mozambique)
Sasha (Nigeria)
Zonke (South Africa)

BEST MALE
Jua Cali (Kenya)
2Face (Nigeria)
D’Banj (Nigeria)
DJ Cleo (South Africa)
HHP (South Africa)

BEST LIVE PERFORMER
Samini (Ghana)
D’Banj (Nigeria)
P-Square (Nigeria)
Cassette (South Africa)
Jozi (South Africa)

BEST GROUP
P-Square (Nigeria)
Freshly Ground (South Africa)
Jozi (South Africa)
The Parlotones (South Africa)
East African Bashment Crew (Uganda)

BEST ALTERNATIVE
Buraka Som Sistema (Portugal)
Goldfish (South Africa)
Seether (South Africa)
The Parlotones (South Africa)
Coldplay (UK)

BEST HIP-HOP
9ice (Nigeria)
HHP (South Africa)
Professor Jay (Tanzania)
Lil Wayne (USA)
The Game (USA)

BEST R&B
P-Square (Nigeria)
Akon (Senegal / USA)
Loyiso (South Africa)
Alicia Keys (USA)
Rihanna (USA)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Asa (Nigeria)
D’Banj (Nigeria)
P-Square (Nigeria)
HHP (South Africa)
Seether (South Africa)

BEST NEW ACT
Kwaw Kese (Ghana)
Wahu (Kenya)
9ice (Nigeria)
Naeto C (Nigeria)
Da L.E.S. (South Africa)

BEST VIDEO
Movaizhaleine (Gabon) – Nous
Ikechukwu (Nigeria) – Wind Am Well
P-Square (Nigeria) – Roll It
Freshlyground (South Africa) – Pot Belly
Pro Kid (South Africa) – Uthini Ngo Pro

Its going to be a HOT show. I hear there are some unexpected and amazing performances planned.

The winners of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain will be unveiled at The Velodrome, Abuja, on Saturday, 22 November 2008. If you want your favourite to win, you have to vote, so go to mama.mtvbase.com.

Photo Credit: Bizzle

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  • 16 Comments on “Road to MAMAs – Gearing Up for the 1st MTV Africa Music Awards”

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    • Kemi November 20, 2008 at 6:49 AM

      Sasha’s hair looks great!

    • wordsmith November 20, 2008 at 10:31 AM

      Sasha looks like she lost weight!

    • mamanino~ November 20, 2008 at 10:33 AM

      What we do for ourselves dies with us but what we do for others remains “IMMORTAL”.
      VOTE 2FACE IDIBIA(NIGERIA)
      BEST MALE category….

      Clink on the link to cast your vote: http://www.mama.mtvbase.com/
      Vote as many times as possible.
      much love.

    • Anon November 20, 2008 at 11:52 AM

      Best Hip-hop – lil wayne, the game and 9ice??? …
      How come Nigeria and SA dominate all the categories? im sorry but this MAMAs is Whack… It is not representing the whole Africa – Mali has the best musicians of all time , and i dont see femi kuti (a legend) in any of these…Ok i get, the awards is for strictly “small boi” artist..Bella you should have said so now…anyone getting it should not be proud. MV should have done things properly

    • Anon November 20, 2008 at 11:54 AM

      Best Hip-hop – lil wayne, the game and 9ice??? …
      How come Nigeria and SA dominate all the categories? im sorry but this MAMAs is Whack… It is not representing the whole Africa – Mali has the best musicians of all time , and i dont see femi kuti (a legend) in any of these…Ok i get, the awards is for strictly “small boi” artist..Bella you should have said so now…anyone getting it should not be proud. MTV should have done things properly

    • tatafo! November 20, 2008 at 2:51 PM

      Portugal and UK are not African countries, what gives?
      Sasha’s bringing it

    • pb November 20, 2008 at 4:08 PM

      Anon, are you for real? I didn’t see any ‘Legend’ category up there, so what exactly do want Femi Kuti nominated for? To the best of my knowledge, he didn’t release any new albums in the past year (or if he did, his work did not get much airplay), so in what universe do you think he should be nominated for an MTV award? Do you even know what MTV awards are about? If not, let me educate you – they’re about the hottest, young talented musicians in their market; the popular artists who are making waves at the moment based on their recent work – that’s the way it’s done all around the world, and Africa won’t be any different.
      On the issue of American artists getting nominated, the unfortunate truth is that MTV (unlike the Grammys, for instance) does not try to do transparent, politically correct, ‘objective’ awards: a case in point – just a couple of weeks back, Katy Perry (an American) won the Best Newcomer Award at the MTV European Music Awards. This may have a little something to do with the fact that she HOSTED the show! So the fact that The Game will be performing in Nigeria during the period of the MAMAs should be a small hint…. All said and done, this is the way ‘the game’ (pardon the pun) works at MTV – fun, cool, hip award shows… and I think it’s great that Africa is finally getting in on the action and that Nigeria gets to play host.

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    • Joicee November 20, 2008 at 10:36 PM

      mtv africa awards ….yeah…it´s about time!!!!!!!!!
      Lets just hope it won´t get screwd over.

    • Anon November 21, 2008 at 5:33 PM

      Hip Hop – 9ice? He’s a talented artiste and I love his style of music. But to place music like Gongo Aso, Party Rider, etc under the category “Hip Hop” = Bastardization of the Genre.

      Hip Hop = Eldee, Naeto C, Sauce Kid, M.I (well technically M.I is an MC)

      The nominations are WACK. Coldplay? MTV Africa? If African artistes aren’t included in the North American version of MTV Awards, why does Africa feel the need to include foreign artistes?

    • Anon November 21, 2008 at 5:41 PM

      Hip Hop? 9ice? He is a talented artiste but to place “Gongo Aso”, “Party Rider”, etc under the Hip Hop Category, is to BASTARDIZE the genre. Hip Hop = Naeto C, Eldee, Ikechukwu, M.I (Well technically he’s an MC).

      Cold play? so, If Africans are not included in the North American Version of MTV Awards, who does Africa feel the need to include foreign artistes in our version of the awards—-space that should have been alloted for African artistes?

      Reminds me of why I am trying to hit the Nigerian Entertainment scene– they definitely need pointers.

    • Trendy November 24, 2008 at 6:16 AM

      Hair great, outfit disastrous. Someone get Sasha a stylist ASAP.

    • silver November 29, 2008 at 2:22 AM

      exactly my point y do we hv Alicia Keys, the Game, Lil wayne, Coldplay, Rihanna as nominees?….they hv won biger awards and would nt appreciate this one… i don’t get it…and they r in some few categories…*sheesh*

    • silver November 29, 2008 at 2:24 AM

      naeto c can tell dat 2 the birds…u r not a trustfund baby indeed…

    • Jane July 2, 2010 at 4:40 PM

      Sasha this is the best dress i have ever seen on you, you are looking very
      beautiful, and Naeto i love your music so much.

    • COLLINS August 3, 2010 at 3:12 PM

      I AM ADDICTED TO MI ABAGA