Africa music video awards go to the ghetto

ON Saturday November 29 at Nasrec Expo Centre in Soweto the premier African music video awards will be held ekasi where the people are.

Sadly there is not a single Zimbo artist up for nomination at the awards while they jostle for the crowded and rigged local showbiz stage! Imagine all the local hullabaloo and intense exposure of the likes of Winky D and his dancehall cohorts!

Zilch is the word to describe the dismal no-show of Zimbo artistes and video producers on the international stage. Wake up every body. . .

There is no fairy godmother coming your way with a magic wand. Time you realise. . . So far, it’s mainly a Mzansi and naija affair in the Afro-showbiz universe.

May the following partial list shore you up! Voting for the awards is free and takes place via and WeChat. Voters are allowed to vote up to 100 times on both platforms. Voting will start on Thursday at 7pm and close on November 23 at midnight.

Full list of nominees:
Most gifted male
Cassper Nyovest — Doc Shebeleza

Davido — Aye

Riky Rick featuring Okmalumkoolkat — Amantombazane

KO featuring Kid X — Caracara

Sarkodie — Illuminati

Most gifted female
Thembi Seete — Thuntsha Lerole

Bucie featuring Heavy K – Easy To Love

Lizha James featuring Uhuru — Quem Ti Mandou

Tiwa Savage featuring Don Jazzy — Eminado

Seyi Shay — Irawo

Most gifted newcomer
Dream Team featuring Tamarsha, aka and Big Nuz — Tsekede

Cassper Nyovest — Doc Shebeleza

Emmy Gee featuring AB Crazy and DJ Dimplez — Rands and Nairas

Diamond — Number One

Patoranking — Girlie O (Remix)

Most gifted duo/group or featuring artist
Uhuru featuring Oskido and Professor — Y-Tjukutja

DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg —Pluto (I Remember)dj-clock

R2Bees featuring Wizkid — Slow Down

K.O featuring Kid X — Caracara

KCee featuring Wizkid — Pull Over

Most gifted dance
Uhuru featuring Oskido and Professor — Y-Tjukutja

Davido — Skelewu

DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg — Pluto (I Remember)

P-Square — Personally

Busiswa featuring various artists — Ngoku

Most gifted ragga dancehall
Buffalo Souljah — Basawine

Orezi — Rihanna

Jesse Jaggz featuring Wizkid — Bad Girl

Patoranking — Girlie O (Remix)

Shatta Wale — Everybody Likes My Ting

Most gifted Afro-pop
Davido — Aye

Mafikizolo featuring May D — Happiness

Diamond — Number One

Flavour — Ada Ada

Iyanya — Jombolo

Most gifted kwaito
Uhuru featuring Oskido and Professor — Y-Tjukutja

Character featuring Mono T and Oskido — Inxeba Lendoda

Big Nuz featuring Khaya Mthethwa — Incwadi Yothando

DJ Vetkuk VS Mahoota — Khaba Lenja

DJ Cndo — Yamnandi Into

Most gifted R&B
2Face featuring T-Pain — Rainbow

Jimmy Nevis featuring Kwesta — Balloon

GB Collective featuring Brian Temba and Reason — Chocolate Vanilla

Donald — Crazy But Amazing

Niyola — Toh Bad

Most gifted hip-hop
Cassper Nyovest — Doc Shebeleza

Khuli Chana featuring DA L.E.S and Magesh — Hape Le Hape 2.1

Phyno — Alobam

K.O featuring Kid X — Caracara

aka — Congratulate

Most gifted southern artist
DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg — Pluto (I Remember)

Cassper Nyovest — Doc Shebeleza nyovest

aka — Congratulate

Zeus — Psych

K.O featuring Kid X — Caracara

Most gifted video of the year
Emmy Gee featuring AB Crazy and DJ Dimplez — Rands and Nairas

Davido — Aye

K.O featuring Kid X — Caracara

Burna Boy — Run My Race

Tiwa Savage featuring Don Jazzy — Eminado

Dr Sid featuring Don Jazzy — Surulere

Riky Rick featuring Okmalumkoolkat — Amantombazane

Cassper Nyovest — Doc Shebeleza

Sarkodie — Illuminati

DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg —Pluto (I Remember)

aka — Congratulate

Diamond — Number One

Bulawayo musicians wake-up call and consolation
Serious local artists suffering from lack of local exposure can now take on the bigger stage of African music and prove that they have the substance to make the grade.

Here is the opportunity for serious artists and video producers to deliver their masterpieces to the annual showcase in time for adjudication.

Please note the following requirements for submission to Channel O:
*Video must be on Beta cam tape, MOV, Quicktime or Mini DV-Dolby ON.

*Include the artist’s biography and publicity pictures, artists contact details (including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook handles) and a signed release form, which can be faxed to +27788 116 866 159 if residing outside of South Africa.

*Good video production — to be decided by Channel O if the video meets all the requirements.

*Please note that the video submission is not automatically for entry into the Music Video Awards, but the video will be played on Channel O if it meets the above requirements.

You can download the form on the Channel O website under submissions.

Mail the videos to:
ATT: Music Scheduler

Channel O Original African

137 Bram Fisher Drive Randburg 2194 RSA

Inside track: Book Launch today
First up will be a book launch and round table discussion on a forthcoming book edited by scholar Richard Mahomva and one Simbarashe Moyo entitled African Nationalism and the Struggle for Continuity today at the Bulawayo Public Library from 4.30pm.

Book exhibition Readings at the American Corner Library by the National Public Library tomorrow from 9am to 1pm. Featured writers are the celebrated authors, the late Dr Yvonne Vera and Kenya literary giant Ngugi waThiongo.

There will also be a Pan-African Symposium featuring Suhle Nyathi from Lupane State University and Brian Hones from Nust from 3pm to 5.30pm. The functions are being organised by an organisation called Leaders For Africa Network.

Music: Abigail Mweembe live DVD launch
A Tonga gospel singer comes out tomorrow at the Bulawayo Theatre to record her first live DVD recording. If she delivers, this would be the first time a local artist has really done it.

Others such as Vocal Ex have threatened, but we are still waiting. Mweembe is one of those resilient artistes and may heaven smile on her tomorrow and lead droves to witness her dream.

Comedian Clive Chigubu returns
Chigubu, having escaped the very jaws of death, is back on the showbiz scene after a close call with death.

There was a proverbial bullet with his name on it in the last few months and notable absences from events such as Shoko and Intwasa festivals by Zimbabwe’s top funny man had tongues wagging.

Thankfully, the cherub-faced young comedy prince is on the recovery path after a brush with meningitis. I am sure Chigubu got love from friends who stuck by him. I am also sure he realised who doesn’t love you when you are down. Moral? Do what you must do because life is just too fragile and death “don’t” care about your dreams.

Parting shot: Local artistes must pay the required price. Nothing comes easy and the sooner artistes realise they simply have to climb every wall, the better for us all. We do not front the cause of cry babies.

We push excellence and tackle unfair trade practices where we find them. My raison d’être is informed by the fact that I am as much a communicator as I am an artist at the very core of me. When I write, I am at the same time an insider as well as an outsider in the realm of the arts and culture.

I use my pen to build. If you follow the arch of my writing, you will find that I lean toward the constructive way. This does not imply that I will compromise the integrity of my insights at the altar of correctness.


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