Nige­ria and SA take it away at Africa mu­sic awards

CityPress - - News - GUGULETHU MHLUNGU gugulethu.mhlungu@city­

Nige­ria ruled the MTV Africa Mu­sic Awards (Ma­mas) yesterday, with Nige­rian artists scoop­ing seven awards in­clud­ing Best Fe­male, Best Group, and the inau­gu­ral Evo­lu­tion prizes.

Africa’s most pop­u­lous na­tion was re­con­firmed as the con­ti­nent’s cul­tural cap­i­tal at a star-stud­ded cer­e­mony at the Dur­ban In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. The coun­try swept the boards, with Yemi Alade named Best Fe­male, Davido Best Male and P-Square win­ning Best Group and Artist of the Decade. Best New Act went to Pa­torank­ing while D’Banj was awarded the first Evo­lu­tion award. Amer­i­can ac­tor An­thony An­der­son em­ceed. South Africa also had a good night. New Daily Show host, co­me­dian Trevor Noah, won Per­son­al­ity of the Year and Cassper Ny­ovest scooped the Best Hip-Hop gong. 2015 WIN­NERS Best Fe­male: Yemi Alade (Nige­ria) Best Male: Davido (Nige­ria) Best Group: P-Square (Nige­ria) Best New Act: Pa­torank­ing (Nige­ria) Best Hip Hop: Cassper Ny­ovest (South Africa) Best Col­lab­o­ra­tion: AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR All Eyes On Me (SA/Nige­ria) Song of the Year: Dorobucci by Mavins (Nige­ria) Best Live: Diamond Plat­numz (Tan­za­nia) Video of the Year: Na­fukwa by Riky Rick; di­rec­tor Adri­aan Louw (SA) Best Pop & Al­ter­na­tive: Jeremy Loops (South Africa) Best Fran­co­phone: DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast) Best Lu­so­phone: Ary (An­gola) Per­son­al­ity of the Year: Trevor Noah (South Africa) MAMA Evo­lu­tion: D’banj (Nige­ria) Best In­ter­na­tional: Nicki Mi­naj Artist of the Decade: P-Square (Nige­ria) MTV Base Lead­er­ship Award: Saran Kaba Jones & S’bu Mavundla

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