VIMN Africa and MTV Base
on Thursday night, revealed
the nominations for the MTV
Africa Music Awards, MAMA
at a star-studded reception at
Harem, Johannesburg, South
Africa attended by MAMA
2015 nominees Seyi Shay,
Black Motion, Bucie, Cassper
Nyovest and Diamond
Platnumz and a host of artistes,
celebrities and THE media.
Celebrating the
extraordinary evolution of
African achievement, this
year’s MAMA recognises
contemporary artistes and
trailblazers in a range of
music and lifestyle categories
including Song of the Year,
Video of the Year, Best
Collaboration and Personality
of the Year.
Speaking at the event, Alex
Okosi, Senior Vice President
and Managing Director,
VIMN Africa, said: “As
Viacom International Media
Networks celebrates its first
10 years in Africa, we are
thrilled to pay tribute to the
dynamism, creativity and
passion of all the MAMA
2015 nominees. Applauding
music and achievement all
over the continent, the MAMA
recognises the contribution
of both enduring icons on the
African music scene, and new
and emerging talents of the
Competing in the prestigious
Best Male act category are
AKA (South Africa), Davido
(Nigeria),Diamond (Tanzania)
and Wizkid (Nigeria), Sarkodie
(Ghana), while female artistes
making their mark in the
Best Female category include
Bucie (SA), Busiswa (SA),
Seyi Shay (Nigeria), Vanessa
Mdee(Tanzania) and Yemi
Alade (Nigeria).
The enduring popularity of
Hip Hop on the continent is
captured in the hotly contested
Best Hip Hop category, where
Cassper Nyovest (South
Africa) is battling it out with
K.O. (South Africa),Olamide
(Nigeria), Phyno (Nigeria) and
Youssoupha (DRC).
Recognising the contribution
of new talent on the continent,
Best New Act: Transformed
Today by Absolut gave nods
to nominees from around the
continent, including Cassper
Nyovest (South Africa), Anna
Joyce (Angola), Duncan (South
Africa), Patoranking (Nigeria)
and Stonebwoy (Ghana).
Desmond Golding, Head
of Department of Economic
Development, Tourism,
and Environmental Affairs,
KwaZulu-Natal Province,
commented, “These
nominations mark a significant
milestone to the MAMA, which
KwaZulu-Natal sees as the
linchpin to deepening tourism,
investment and talent.”
“Congratulations to all
the 2015 MAMA nominees,
particularly the nominees of
Best New Act Transformed
by Absolut,” said Sola Oke,
Marketing Director, Pernod
Ricard Nigeria. “We look
forward to transforming the
Best New Act nominees’
MAMA nomination journey
by garnering support for them
through our supporter video
shout-outs and live in-market
performances, and via our
“Africa is Absolut” campaign.
The campaign celebrates
Africa’s unique creativity,
recognising artists who stand
by their style, who are creators,
innovators and originators.
A campaign that encourages
artistes to Be Absolut.”
Phillip Sithole Head of
Durban Tourism proudly
stated, “The MAMA is a true
reflection of the rapid growth
and music potential of the
African continent. The City is
proud that the event will be a
catalyst to showcase the talent
in the local music industry
and create opportunities for
our young and aspiring artists
to be competitive globally. We
wish the nominees in all the
categories the best of luck and
may they be proud of reaching
this achievement for their
A total of 70 nominees
were revealed at the event,
across 13 different categories.
Nominees for additional
categories, including the MTV
Base Leadership Award and
Best International Act, will be
revealed at a later date.
Voting has already

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