By OKECHUKWU PEACE
The trio of Nigerian sensation, Wizkid, South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest, AKA and Kenya’s Sauti Sol sit comfortable on the top of the log of most nominated acts for the forthcoming MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 (MAMA).
The second round of nominations, comprising seven additional 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, will be revealed at the Hard Rock Café, Lagos, Nigeria during Road to MAMA – Lagos 2016 (October 2,2016). No nominations will be revealed for the MTV Base Reimagined award, and MAMA Legend.
Wizkid is named in three nominations including nods in Best Male, Best Collaboration and Personality of the Year. He is followed closely by AKA (South Africa), Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) and Sauti Sol (Kenya) who all have two each.
In the hotly contested Best Hip Hop category, Nigeria’s Olamide and Ycee is up against Emtee and Riky Rick of South Africa and Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast).
In lifestyle category Personality of the Year, Pearl Thusi goes up against soccer player Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), middle distance runner and Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya, blogger Linda Ikeji (Nigeria) and musician Wizkid (Nigeria) vie for Personality of the Year.
Fifty MAMA nominees including artists and achievers from 18 countries were revealed in 9 key music and lifestyle award categories by Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) at a star-studded reception at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa last night, September 21, 2016.
MAMA 2016 NOMINATIONS LIST (PART 1)
AKA (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
Navy Kenzo (Tanzania)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
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)
Riky Rick (South Africa)
Desmond & The Tutus (South Africa)
LCNVL (South Africa)
Shekinah (South Africa) / Kyle Deutsch (South Africa)
Timo ODV (South Africa)
C4 Pedro (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)
Psquare achieves major feat by gathering over a million Youtube views in five days for their latest single ‘Bank alert’.
Psquare Bank alert Youtube over 1million viewsplay
Psquare ‘Bank alert’ video gets 1million Youtube views (Instagram)
The visuals for the celebratory song was published on September 16, 2016 and already under a week acquired over a million views on Youtube.
This indicates the duo are still getting good love from fans despite their earlier publicized fall out, which has since been resolved.
Psquare shoot video for new single ‘Bank Alert’ (Psquare)
It goes to show the fans believe in them and the entertainment value they stand for among other things.
Psquare Bank Alert play
Psquare Bank Alert (Psquare)
The award winning singers shared their excitement about the development with a word of thanksgiving to the fans:
“1m views!!! Thanks so much guys for the love and support. Gbagam. #Bank Alert”, they expressed.
Watch the visuals here to see why the views have gone up so fast in rather little period of time.