THE MAMA’S ACKNOWLEDGES AFRICAN TALENT
By: Mhlengi Mafu
Africa took the world by storm as the MTV Base Africa Music Awards (MAMA’s) took place at the Durban ICC, South Africa.
The MAMA’s aired live at MTV Base and MTV across the world showing what Africa has to offer. This biggest Award show in the African continent also featured international stars like Miguel, Trey Songs and French Montana. The host was the American comedian Marlon Wayans who made people laugh their lungs out. Africa also offered its talent with artists like Davido, P square, Tiwa Savage, Mafikizolo, Khuli Chana and many other artists who shared the stage.
The awards honours African musicians with their talents. Artists like Tiwa Savage scoped the award for Best Female, Davido got the award for Best Male, Flavor scooped the award for Best act while the South African group Gold Fish worn the award for Best Pop.
Mafikizolo did not disappoint as they scooped 2 awards; one for being Best Group and the biggest award of the night Song of the Year. One of the group members, Nhlanhla Ncinza who was overwhelmed about their achievement said, “I would like to thank our fans who have been there for us since day one and I urge all African artists to work together.”
African artists have already started working together as artists like Emmy Gee, Banky W and other artists have started doing collaborations.
The venue was oozing with excitement as people screamed for their favourite celebrities. Those who did not attend the event were part of the show by using the power of social media to interact. The show was the most trending on Twitter as people used #MTVMAMA to interact.
“I am so glad to be a part of the show I am so happy to see African artists working together and Durban showcasing its beauty to the world, I am also glad that Mafikizolo represented us as South Africa and other artists who were nominated, Africa we are one,” said Kim Andrews.
As expected, American artist Trey Songs performed his heat tracks na na and Miguel made the ladies scream with his track Adorn you. French Montana closed off the show but it was the South African Grammy Award Winning Group Lady Smith Black Mambazo who stole the show when they performed their old well known songs like Halo Mababy and they turned tracks like Tjukutja and Personally into a Mbaqanga version. Black Mambazo electrified the arena with excitement.