Camp Mulla lead the pack of nominees ahead of the Channel O Music Video Awards, with the Kenyan pop group grabbing four nominations. D’banj, Brymo, Ice Prince & Davido lead the way for Nigeria, each having two nominations apiece, and 2Face & Flavour battle it out for Most Gifted R&B video.
Tiwa Savage’s Love Me 3x will also be going up against self-acclaimed Princess of Pop, Mo’Cheddah’s See Me for Most Gifted Female Video.
Africa’s foremost urban music channel, Channel O announced the nominees for its prestigious 9th Annual Music Video Awards on Friday, 31 August 2012.
Spread across 14 categories, this year’s Channel O Music Video Awards are a showcase of Original.African music – befitting to the music channel that has steadfastly flown the flag for Africa’s musicians and music for well over a decade.
“We continue to recognise and acknowledge the magnitude of African music and musicians. The nominations in this year’s awards are yet another reflection of how Channel O is celebrating African musical talent, how it keeps growing from strength to strength and how we keep striving to stay Original African,” says Leslie Kasumba, Channel O Africa Manager.
Now in its 9th year, the Channel O Music Video Awards is the only public-voted annual music video awards show broadcast around the continent that exclusively features African artists. Starting in 2004 with an event at M-Net’s Johannesburg offices, the annual Channel O Music Video Awards has grown to be the Original.African channel’s signature event. 2012 will see the awards taking place on Saturday, 17th November at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, bringing the Channel O Music Video Awards to Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa for the first time.
With five nominees in most of the genres as well as regional categories and 10 in the running for the prestigious Most Gifted Video of the Year title, Channel O’s viewers can now have their say by voting in one of the biggest public-voted music awards event in Africa.
This year voting will take place across a wide suite of digital platforms – from SMS [artist voting code to the number +27 83 920 8406. Standard SMS rates apply] to MXit, Web [www.channelo.tv] and Wap. Facebook voting [http://www.facebook.com/channelotv] is also now possible, increasing voting options to the whole continent and underlining where the pulse of Africa’s youth lies!
Among the leading multiple nominees are Kenyan hip hop hotshots, Camp Mulla who have matched their Flight of the Fish Eagle – Naturally Supreme Most Gifted Newcomer Video and Most Gifted African East Video nominations for “Party Don’t Stop” (featuring Collo) with a high-profile nomination in the Most Gifted Video of the Year category for the video for “Fresh All Day”.
The latter video also sees Camp Mulla in contention for the Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring Video category where they are up against a powerful pack of artists – South Africans MiCasa (“Heavenly Sent”) and Liquideep (“Still”) as well as Zimbabwe’s Buffalo Souljah ft Cabo Snoop (“Styra Inonyengesa”) and Nigerian superstars, P Square (“Chop My Money” featuring Akon and Mayd).
Another newcomer earning more than one nomination is fiercely indie and genre-defying South African artist, Toya Delazy who matches her Flight of the Fish Eagle – Naturally Supreme Most Gifted Newcomer Video nomination for “Pump It On” with one for Most Gifted Video of the Year. Delazy and Camp Mulla are joined on the Flight of the Fish Eagle – Naturally Supreme Most Gifted Newcomer Video category by Nigeria’s Davido (for “Dami Duro”), Ghana’s E.L. (“Turn The Lights Down”) and South Africa’s Donald (“I Deserve”).
Two of the most closely watched categories at the annual Channel O Music Video Awards are traditionally Most Gifted Male Video and Most Gifted Female Video – and this year is no different.
In 2012, one of the awards’ leading nominees, South Africa’s Khuli Chana is in the running for Most Gifted Male for his video “Tswa Daar” featuring Notshi – a video that has also seen the rapper earn nominations for Most Gifted Hip Hop Video and Most Gifted Video of the Year. Going up against Khuli Chana for Most Gifted Male are Angola’s Big Nelo with “Sente O Beat”, South Africa’s Pro with “Makasana”, Nigeria’s D’Banj with “Oliver Twist” and Tanzania’s Ay for “Speak With Your Body” featuring Romeo and Lamyia.
Most Gifted Female Video is likely to prove as hotly fought as its male counterpart.
Leading the charge is multiple nominee, Mozambique’s Lizha James with her video “Leva Boy” featuring Perola. James, who is also in the running for Most Gifted R&B Video and Most Gifted Video of the Year, faces competition from Nigeria’s “Tiwa Savage” with “Love Me Love Me Love Me”, Nigeria’s Mo’Cheddah featuring Phenom with “See Me”, Uganda’s Keko featuring Maddraxx with “Make You Dance” and breakout South African star Zahara with her megahit “Loliwe”.
Voting opens midnight on Saturday, 1 September for fans to have their say on who should take the ultimate crown in African music. It closes at midnight on Thursday, 8th November.
Voting is available on these platforms:
SMS: artist voting code to the number +27 83 920 8406. Standard SMS rates apply.
Full nomination list:
Most Gifted South video of the Year
Cashtime Fam – Shut it down (Stundee) —— 11A
HHP – Bosso —— 11B
Shota ft Shana —— 11C
Zeus – Dancing Shoes —— 11D
Paul G ft Maezee – The Feeling —— 11E
Shugasmakx ft Moneoa – Take it Easy —— 11F
Most Gifted Hip-hop video of the Year
Khuli Chana feat Notshi – Tswa Daar —— 10A
L-Tido – Smash —— 10B
Ice Prince – Superstar —— 10C
M.Anifest – Makaa Maka —— 10D
K’NAAN feat Nas – Nothing to lose —— 10E
Most Gifted West African video of the Year
D-Black ft Mo’Cheddah – Falling —— 12A
Wizkid – Pakurumo —— 12B
Sarkodie feat Obrafour – Saa Okodie No —— 12C
Naeto C – I gentle —— 12D
Wande Coal – Private trips —— 12E
Most Gifted R&B music video of the Year
Lloyd Cele – Hero —— 9A
Lizha James ft Perola – Leva Boy —— 9B
Flavour feat Tiwa Savage – Oyi —— 9C
2Face – Be there —— 9D
Habida feat Cannibal – My Reason —— 9E
Most Gifted East African video of the Year
Keko feat Madtraxx – Make You Dance —— 13A
Camp Mulla – Party Don’t stop —— 13B
AY feat Sauti Soul – I Don’t Want to Be Alone —— 13C
K’Naan and Nas – Nothing to lose —— 13D
Navio – One & Only —— 13E
Most Gifted Dance video of the Year
DJ Zinhle feat Busiswa – My name is —— 5A
DJ Cleo – Facebook —— 5B
OS3 feat Tchoboly – Mokongo —— 5C
Davido – Dami duro —— 5D
Bucie – Get over it —— 5E
Cpwaa – Hnmm —— 5F
Most Gifted Newcomer video of the Year
Toya Delazy – Pump it on —– 3A
Davido – Dami duro —– 3B
E.L. – Turn the lights down —– 3C
Camp Mulla ft – Party don’t stop —– 3D
Donald – I deserve —– 3E
Most Gifted Afro Pop video of the Year
Jozi – Ugologo —— 7A
DJ Sbu ft Zahara —— 7B
Gal Level feat Toniks – Money —— 7C
Brymo – Ara —— 7D
Maurice Kirya – I don’t Want to Fight —— 7E
Most Gifted Reggae/Dncehall video of the Year
HHP feat Lutan Fyah, Omar Retnu – Baheitane (remix) —— 6A
Buffalo Souljah ft Cabo Snoop – Styra Inonyengesa —— 6B
Ice Prince – Juju —— 6C
Orezi – Booty Bounce —— 6D
Wyre – Dancehall party —— 6E
Most Gifted Kwaito video of the Year
Kabelo ft Professor: Amapantsula’Ajabulile —— 8A
Spikiri ft Various Artists – Ngeke Balunge —— 8B
Big Nuz – Serious —— 8C
Ees feat Mandoza – Ayoba —— 8D
The Dogg ft Brickz – Tromentos —— 8E
Most Gifted Video of the Year
Dj Zinhle ft Busiswa – My name is —— 14A
Khuli Chana ft Notshi – Tswa daar —— 14B
Toya Delazy – Pump it on —— 14C
Lizha James feat Perola – Leva boy —— 14D
Big Nelo: Sente o beat —— 14E
D’banj – Oliver twist —— 14F
Brymo – Ara —— 14G
Sarkodie feat Obrafour – Saa Okodie No —— 14H
Camp Mulla – Fresh all day —— 14I
AY feat Romeo, Lamyia – Speak with your body —— 14J
Most Gifted Female Video of the Year
Zahara – Loliwe – —– 2A
Lizha James feat Perola – Leva body —– 2B
Tiwa Savage – Love me love me love me —– 2C
Mo’Cheddah feat Phenom – See me —– 2D
Keko feat Madtraxx – Make you dance —– 2E
Most Gifted Male Video of the Year
Khuli Chana ft Notshi – Tswa Daar —– 1A
PRO – Makasana —– 1B
Big Nelo – Sent —– 1C
D’banj – Oliver twist —– 1D
Ay feat Romeo and Lamyia – Speak with your body —— 1E
Most Gifted Group/Duo
Mi Casa – Heavenly sent —— 4A
Liquideep – Still —— 4B
Buffalosouljah ft Cabo Snoop – Styra Inonyengesa —— 4C
Psquare feat Akon, May D – Chop my money —— 4D
Camp Mulla – Fresh all day —— 4E