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Nomzamo Mbatha, Babes Wodumo and Nadia Nakai heat up MAMAs nominations party (Photos)

By Emmanuel Tjiya | 2016-09-22 11:13:38.0

  • Nomzamo Mbatha. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Nadia Nakai. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Babes Wodumo. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Jessica Nkosi. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Natasha Thahane. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Dineo Moeketsi. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Riky Rick. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Cassper Nyovest. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Anga Makubalo. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Anatii. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Samkelo Ndlovu. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Sammy Sosa. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • BlakLez. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Gareth Cliff and date. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • DJ Tira and wife Gugu Khathi. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • JR. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Khuli Chana. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Kwesta. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Mampintsha. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Mashabela Galane and partner. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Mi Casa Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Nakhane Toure. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Nathi and Vusi Nova. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Solo. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Ndumiso Lindi and wife Faith Lindi. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Nolly Meje. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Penny Lebjane. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Nomsa Mazwai. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Refilwe and Bontle Modiselle. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Shekinah Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Tol A$$ Mo and Mome. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

  • Tresor. Picture credit: Emmanuel Tjiya.

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The first half of the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) nominations were announced on Wednesday night in a star-studded affair in Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.

The event was hosted by Nomzamo Mbatha and Sandile Ntshingila. The Isibaya actress smouldered in a cleavage-baring Rich Factory printed dress, with a daring thigh-high slit.

The night saw electric performances from Nathi, Khuli Chana, Shekinah, Riky Rick and Mi Casa.

Getting nodded this year included athlete Caster Semenya, afro pop group Mafikizolo, newly-minted Hollywood star Pearl Thusi, rapper Riky Rick and many more. 

"I'm feeling good and happy. It's always nice to be nominated and be part of the festivities, not many people get to that height. So it's just nice to be nominated," Riky Rick expressed after his Best Hip Hop Act nod. 

Mzansi "It-Girls" including The Queen starlet Natasha Thahane, female rapper Nadia Nakai, Wololo hit-maker Babes Wodumo, Isibaya actress Jessica Nkosi and many more strutted their stuff on the red carpet.

Thahane, who turns 21 this coming Sunday, has recently been shortlisted as part of the top 24 for SowetanLIVE 2017 Mzansi's Sexiest. Asked about what makes her sexy, she replied:

"My inner being makes me sexy and confidence as well. I'm still growing, finding myself and trying to accept my flaws. But that journey is amazing, because I know I'm going to get to a place where I'm truly happy with myself and I accept my flaws. My soul is sexy."

The rest of the nominations will be announced on 02 October in Lagos, Nigeria. The awards will hosted by Trevor Noah at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg on 22 October.

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