Thursday, 1 November 2012

Setting the stage alight at the 9th annual LIVE Channel O Music Video Awards

A stunning line-up of African artists is poised to turn the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards, brought to you by DStv and DStv Mobile, into the biggest celebration of African music talent this year!

The array of artists taking to the stage at the Saturday, 17 November event in Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto reads like a who’s who of contemporary and iconic African stars – and music fans now have the chance to buy tickets to be part of this one-of-a-kind event. The 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards will also be broadcast LIVE on the channel at20:00, making sure fans throughout the continent don’t miss out on what promises to be a superb show.

The star-studded line-up includes “the number one Soweto boy”, Pro, as well as a number of Kwaito music legends in the form of Alaska and Thebe, along with Dr Malinga. Fans and viewers can expect something special from the Kwaito flag bearers - all of whom have worked with this year’s Special Recognition recipient, Oskido, as part of the now iconic Kalawa Jazmee stable. Representing for the Hip-Hop contingent is Ma-E of Teargas fame, Botswana rapper Zeus, and Nigeria’s Ice Prince and Mo Cheddah. Zeus is in the running for Most Gifted South Video for “Dancing Shoes”, Mo Cheddah’s “See Me” video featuring Phenom has put her back in the running for this year’s Most Gifted Female Video after she took it in 2010, while last year’s Most Gifted Newcomer Ice Prince is one of the contenders in the Most Gifted Hip Hop Video for “Superstar” as well as Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video.

Also flexing their skills at this Pan African LIVE event on Saturday, 17 November is Hip Hop giant Khuli Chana and Kenyan “Fresh all Day” newcomers Camp Mulla. Khuli Chana and Campa Mulla are both multiple nominees at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards: Kenya’s hip hop hotshots Camp Mulla are up for a leading four nominations (Most Gifted Newcomer Video, Most Gifted African East Video, Most Gifted Video of the Year and Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring Video) while Khuli Chana is capping a brilliant year with three nominations (Most Gifted Male, Most Gifted Hip Hop Video and Most Gifted Video of the Year).

Another highly anticipated performance is from hotshot Nigerian star, Davido, who is also in the running for Most Gifted Newcomer Video as well as Most Gifted Dance Video and is tapped to set the stage ablaze with his performance.  Ghana’s lyrical fire starter M.anifest who is nominated for Most Gifted Hip Hop Video is also gearing up to show off his tongue twisting talent to the continent.

No celebration of 21st century African music would be complete without some House in the mix Black Motion, Mi Casa, DJ Zinhle and the first lady of SA house, Bucie, will all be taking to the stage on Saturday, 17 November! Bucie is in the running for Most Gifted Dance Video for “Get Over It” where she faces off against DJ Zinhle (feat Busiswa “My Name Is”) amongst others. Mi Casa, meanwhile, continue their blazing 2012 with a nomination in the Most Gifted Group/Duo Video category for “Heavenly Sent” and will certainly up the stakes at the live event.

Finally, adding their rousing, emotional magic to the awards is the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir - while capping off a superb night’s entertainment will be a performance by Oskido, named as this year’s Special Recognition recipient at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards.

Tickets to the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards cost R50 and are currently available from Computicket. The Channel O Music Video Awards are voted for by the public with voting closing at midnight on Thursday, 8 November, giving fans just two weeks to have their say!

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