Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Davido lead nominations for MTV Africa Music Awards

17 April 2014 - 13:27
By Sowetanlive

The 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) nominations were revealed at a celebration at The Sands in Sandton last night.

Mafikizolo once again proved to be a force to be reckoned with as they picked up four nominations for the awards which saw them competing with the best on the African continent.

Right next to them were Kalawa Jazzmee stable-mates Uhuru and Nigerian artist Davido who also received four nods.

Following closely behind with 3 nominations each were Nigerian artists P Square (Best Group, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year), South Africa’s Mi Casa (Best Group, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year), and Angolan artist Yuri Da Cunha (Song of the Year, Best Lusophone and Best Collaboration). 

Other South Africans who earned nominations are: Donald, DJ C’ndo, Big Nuz , Mi Casa , Heavy K, Dr Malinga , Zakes Bantwini, AKA, Khuli Chana, Danny K, Goldfish, LCNVL, Mathew Mole, Gangs of Ballet, Michael Loman, Nakhane Toure, Parlotones and Shortstraw.

Comedian Trevor Noah was nominated in the Personality of the Year category alongside Kenyan Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong'o, Nigerian author Chimamanda Adiche, Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and soccer player Yaya Toure from Cote d’Ivoire.

The event was attended by some of Africa’s best entertainers including Nigerian artist Burna Boy who rocked an outfit that looked like it came straight from the 90s (gold chains and long trench coat included) as he performed some of his popular hits.

Mafikizolo, Beatenberg and AKA also gave stellar performances (although it wasn’t clear why the rapper felt the need to wear a pair of short on top his leather pants) but the night belonged to Uhuru and Yuri Da Cunha as they performed their different versions of the chart topper ‘Y-tjukutja’.

It is now up to the public to decide who the winners will be.

Voting for the MTV Africa Music Awards opened at from last night and will run until midnight on 4 June 2014.

The awards will be taking place in South Africa for the first time on 7 June 2014 at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC).

Fans will get to watch the proceedings live across the continent at 21:00 CAT on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130).

The MAMA nominations in full:


Best Male:

Anselmo Ralph (Angola)

Davido (Nigeria)

Diamond (Tanzania)

Donald (South Africa)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Female:

Arielle T (Gabon)

Chidinma (Nigeria)

DJ C’ndo (South Africa)

Efya (Ghana)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Best Group:

Big Nuz (South Africa)

Mafikizolo (South Africa)

Mi Casa (South Africa)

P Square (Nigeria)

Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best New Act:

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Heavy K (South Africa)

Phyno (Nigeria)

Stanley Enow (Cameroon)

Uhuru (South Africa)

Best Live Act:

2face (Nigeria)

Fally Ipupa (DRC)

Flavour (Nigeria)

Dr Malinga (South Africa)

Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)

Best Collaboration:

Amani ft Radio and Weasel – ‘Kiboko Changu’ (Kenya/Uganda)

Diamond feat Davido – ‘Number One’ (Remix) (Tanzania/Nigeria)

Mafikizolo feat May D – ‘Happiness’ (South Africa/Nigeria)

R2bees feat Wizkid – ‘Slow Down’ (Ghana/Nigeria)

Uhuru feat DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor, Yuri Da Cunha – ‘Y-tjukutja’ (South Africa/Angola)

Artist of the Year:

Davido (Nigeria)

Mafikizolo (South Africa)

Mi Casa (South Africa)

P Square (Nigeria)

Uhuru (South Africa)

Song of the Year:

Davido- ‘Skelewu’ (Nigeria)

DJ Clock feat Beatenberg – ‘Pluto’ (Remember Me) (South Africa)

DJ Ganyani feat FB – ‘Xigubu’ (South Africa)

DJ Kent feat The Arrows –‘Spin My World Around’ (South Africa)

Dr Sid feat Don Jazzy – ‘Surulere’ (Nigeria)

KCee - ‘Limpopo’ (Nigeria)

Mafikizolo feat Uhuru ‘Khona’ (South Africa)

Mi Casa- ‘Jika’ (South Africa)

P Square – ‘Personally’ (Nigeria)

Yuri Da Cunha -‘Atchu Tchu Tcha’ (Angola)

Best Hip Hop:

AKA (South Africa)

Ice Prince (Nigeria)

Khuli Chana (South Africa)

Olamide (Nigeria)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Best Pop:

Danny K (South Africa)

Fuse ODG (Ghana)

Goldfish (South Africa)

LCNVL (South Africa)

Mathew Mole (South Africa)

Best Alternative:

Gangs of Ballet (South Africa)

Michael Loman (South Africa)

Nakhane Toure (South Africa)

Parlotones (South Africa)

Shortstraw (South Africa)

Best Francophone:

Arielle T (Gabon)

Espoir 2000 (Ivory Coast)

Ferre Gola (DRC)

Toofan (Togo)

Youssoupha (Congo)

Best Lusophone:

Anselmo Ralph (Angola)

JD (Angola)

Lizha James (Mozambique)

Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)

Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)


Personality of the Year:

Chimamanda Adiche – Writer (Nigeria)

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde - Actress (Nigeria)

Trevor Noah- Comedian (South Africa)

Lupita Nyong’o - Actress (Kenya)

Yaya Toure - Soccer Player (Cote d’Ivoire) 

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Anisa Mpungwe (Tanzania)

Clarence Peters (Nigeria)

Leti Arts (Ghana)

Rasty (South Africa)