Monday, October 24, 2016

Nigeria wins the most, followed by South Africa at the MAMAs 2016; awards show flat with awkward hosting trio of Bonang Matheba, Yemi Alade and Nomzamo Mbatha.

The MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 took place on Saturday night at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg for the first time with the live awards ceremony that was broadcast on MTV Base (DStv 322) and MTV (DStv 130), as well as delayed-live on

Bonang Matheba replaced the ill Trevor Noah at short notice.

Bonang Matheba presented with Nomzamo Mbatha and the Nigerian singer Yemi Alade but the trio's presenting style came across as awkward, forced and bland and the awards show with short songs, and a very dark stage, as flat and uninspiring.

Performances during the awards show included Cassper Nyovest, Wizkid, Maphorisa, Yemi Alade, American rapper Future, Nasty C,Wodumo and a tribute to Mandoza who died recently.

Nigeria won 6 awards, followed by South Africa with 5.

The winners of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 were:

Artist of the Year: Wizkid (Nigeria)
Best Female: Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Best Male: Wizkid (Nigeria)
Best Group: Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Best Breakthrough Act: Tekno (Nigeria)
Best Live Act:  Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Best Hip Hop: Emtee (South Africa)
Song of the Year: “My Woman, My Everything” Patoranking feat. Wande Coal (Nigeria)
Listener’s Choice: Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)
Video of the Year:  “Niquer Ma Vie” - Youssoupha (Congo) - Director: Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon
Best Pop & Alternative: Shekinah & Kyle Deutsch (South Africa)
Best Francophone: Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast)
Best Lusophone: C4 Pedro (Angola)
Personality of the Year:  Caster Semenya (South Africa)
Legend Award: Hugh Masekela
Best Collaboration: DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid & DJ Buckz - "Soweto Baby" (South Africa/Nigeria)
Africa Reimagined: Vivian Onano and Mary Taedzerwa
Best International: Drake (USA)