Monday, 9 December 2013

5 Iconic Rap Hits and the Ghostwriters Behind Them

Here it is, five huge rap hits spanning all eras of the genre, with the actual ghostwriters themselves revealing how writing the tracks went down. Straight from the horse’s mouths, ghostwriting has always been a down-low element of the game.

Sugarhill Gang – Rappers Delight


Credited to: Sylvia Robinson, Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike, Master Gee; Later credited: Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers
Ghostwriter: Grandmaster Caz (Curtis Brown)

From Grandmaster Caz’s official bio: “In 1979, former R&B singer and label head Sylvia Robinson discovered Caz’s friend Big Bank Hank rapping along with one of Caz’s practice tapes. Impressed, she invited him to become the third member of a studio rap group called the Sugarhill Gang, which was set to record the first rap single. Without revealing the true author, Hank went to Caz and asked to borrow the rhymes for the record; Caz agreed, hoping for an eventual favor in return — which never materialized, and neither did songwriting credit or royalties.”


 Eazy-E – Eazy-er Said Than Dunn


Credited to: Eddie Floyd, Bonny Rice, Rufus Thomas and Andre Young
Ghostwriter: Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson)

In an interview with Complex Ice Cube detailed how he wrote Boyz-n-The-Hood for a group Eazy was managing: “He had a group out in New York called Home Boys Only, called HBO. One of them looked like LL Cool J. Eazy wanted to write a song for them, a street song, like what we were doing on the mixtapes. So when I wrote it, it was too West Coast for them. They didn’t understand the terminology. So they rejected the song. I paid for the studio time already, so Dre convinced Eazy that he had a good enough voice to do it.” Later on in the interview, Cube names ‘Eazy-er Said Than Dunn’ and ’8Ball’ as personal favorites from Eazy’s debut album, casually adding “I wrote them” when asked about his involvement with those tracks.


Dr. Dre Ft. Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg – The Next Episode



Credited to: David Axelrod, Brian Bailey, Melvin Bradford, Calvin Broadus and Andre Young
Ghostwriter: The D.O.C. (Tracy Lynn Curry)

As told to LA Weekly: “I’d cultivated that song for such a long time. The very last line of ”G’ Thang’ is ‘Just chill ’till the next episode,’ but this song didn’t happen for ten more years. We did it three or four times before it finally appeared on 2001. We were just waiting for the right story, and 2001 ended up being a huge record.”


 Lil’Kim – Crush On You


Credited to: Shaunee Heard, Kowan Lloyd, Jeffrey Lorber and Cristopher Wallace
Ghostwriter: Cam’ron (Cameron Ezike Giles)

In an interview on Hot 97 Killa Cam revealed how he wrote a verse for the Queen bee’s 1997 hit single: “What happened was, [Untertainment CEO Lance] Un [Rivera] gave Mase $30,000 to write five songs for Lil’ Cease at that time and Mase gave me $5,000 of the 30 to write one or two of the songs,” he said. “I wrote the ‘Crush on You’ song and they ended up keeping it for Lil’ Kim album but it was really for Lil’ Cease. The original ‘Crush on You’ is all Lil’ Cease, Lil’ Kim isn’t even on the record.”


 Baby Ft. Clipse – What Happened To That Boy


Credited to: Chad Hugo, T. Thornton, G. Thornton, B. Williams and P. Williams
Ghostwriter: Gillie Da Kid (Sar’d Nasir)

Speaking to XXL about how he was pushed to the background of the Cash Money empire when refusing to sell his publishing rights to Baby, Gillie Da Kid revealed he had been writing most of Birdman’s verses, including the one on his popular collaboration with the Thornton brothers: “Clipse was in the studio when we wrote it, they seen that I wrote it. They seen Stunna in the booth like, “Gillie, how you say that?” I would rap a verse and he might take a word out to make it sound New Orleans, but it’s my pen. And I been around New Orleans so much that I know what they talk about. And I know Stunna he can’t say too many big words, so you got to make it as simple as possible”

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Webjunkies leading the call to Action for the Africans for Africa Network


Social entrepreneurs across Africa rally to the call to unite in support of pan African networking by joining the Africans for Africa Network to change the media narrative from one driven by western European influence to one that reflects an authentic African voice.

The Africans for Africa Network is a bold initiative and one that is long overdue.  Heading the list of visionary Africans joining the Africans for Africa Network is Webjunkies.

Kevin Naidoo and Rajen Govender, the joint shareholders of 4sa Technologies  (Pty) Ltd, trading under a bouquet of brands (signs4sa.co.za, cars4sa.co.za, trucks4sa.co.za, bikes4sa.co.za and more) believe whole - heartedly in this initiative,  “As entrepreneurs, we face numerous challenges daily, but we remain committed to shaping the social landscape where we can. Joining this initiative was a way of us ‘paying it forward’ “, they said.

Webjunkies, also a division of 4sa Technologies that caters for website development and online “real estate” management, was deployed to create an online presence for the Africans for Africa Network.

The company is passionately and competently driven by Naidoo and Govender, both confident businessmen infused with drive and ambition. Kevin is primarily responsible for growth initiatives while Rajen, a Chartered Accountant (SA), takes care of all governance and strategic matters. With Naidoo’s strong background in Sales and Govender’s solid financial experience, they make a formidable team.

Govender explained that the 4sa Technologies Group was formed to enable the on-line presence of motor related businesses seeking to extend their reach to a continuously growing, ever demanding and tech - savvy community. “We are a fully empowered company, principally generating on-line leads with added website development capability. We have recently extended our offering to include design, manufacture and installation of all types of signage. “, he said.

They both hail from Chatsworth, Durban and met up in Johannesburg in 2010 at a mentorship programme. An immediate friendship was forged between these two determined, like-minded men.  After the programme they realised that they were eminently suited to working together and set about outlining an efficient business plan.

In 2011 they acquired an already established family concern and Signs4sa.co.za, came into being, offering a bouquet of signage services. This entity is currently the largest in the Group. They are supported and assisted by their experienced and capable staff.

From modest backgrounds – life was not easy – they both say that it was effort, determination and dedication that got them to where they are today.


Naidoo says he learned the “value of hard work” when he relocated to Johannesburg and in a short time worked through the ranks to become a Sales Director. The more voluble and bolder of the two, he talks passionately about “transferring skills” - they  both feel very strongly about “paying it forward” and putting back into the community. They like nothing better than developing emerging entrepreneurs within their group.

With a very strong work ethic, “we pride ourselves on the quality of our workmanship”, their group companies stimulate engagement and productivity by drawing on the natural talents and skills of their team.  Govender mentions that at an emotional level it is about cultivating positive emotions and encouraging individual initiatives.

With a reputation for excellence this Johannesburg-based group is driven by the belief that “any form of client engagement has to have the prominence and care it deserves”.  Each business within the group rates amongst the highest accredited Black empowered businesses. In a short space of just under two years the combined staff complement currently stands at 42 and is set to increase. They recently opened a Signs4sa branch in Durban.

Their vision is to create self-sustaining businesses that contribute meaningfully to the greater South Africa and looking into the future, the world is their oyster: “we stand toe to toe with anyone in the business”.

As for the Africans for Africa initiative: “We hope to see it achieve its objectives of ground-breaking, lasting change and creating the platform dialogue it wishes. It’s about time that Africans take control of their destiny”, they said.

The aims of the Africans for Africa Network, the brainchild of Vanessa Perumal, founder of JT Communications Solutions and the JT Comms African Media Resource Centre of Excellence, are to engage in a series of dialogues, set up exchanges between artists on the continent, create new markets for Africa’s cultural content and products and take ownership of the space in which Africa’s voice is expressed through music and culture in international arenas.

“We were delighted to have recently launched the website at the biggest world music festival (Womex 2013) in Cardiff, Wales. We are very grateful to have had Webjunkies, a key trade-exchange partner, design our website. We thank them for their generous support,” said Perumal.

Besides the key stakeholder and trade exchange, Webjunkies, Perumal also set up partnerships with South Africa’s Emthonjeni Arts and Mali’s renowned FestivalauDesert and various other African networks including  IMEXSA, iStart2, SA Women Engineers, Howiviewafrica, Woldegiorgis Ghebrehiwot from Mekelle University, Tigray, Ethiopia, Johnny Muteba from Democratic Republic of Congo, Sam Mokorosi’s Africa The Good News, Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust - Nozincwadi (Dr Gcina Mhlope) and Harem Clothing.

The first of the Africans for Africa Network’s pan African exchanges will be hosted by the Emthonjeni Arts with a two-week long residency with artists from the Malian Festival au Desert, in December 2013. This first-ever partnership between the two countries emerged out of Africans For Africa Network’s mission to change the prevailing narrative of Africa from one driven by Western media, to one that reflects the inherent strengths of the continent across various Afro-centric platforms.

About Africans for Africa
The Africans for Africa Network is instrumental in providing content and programming for a myriad of bilateral activations in Africa, realised through a network of partnerships with various groups and organisations.

Spearheaded by the JT Comms African Media Resource Centre of Excellence the network will focus on: ongoing exchanges, topic specific dialogues and the creation of platforms for African artists within and outside the continent throughout the year; an annual pan African Dialogue; hosting a Global Concert for Peace, featuring top African and international artists, performing for an international audience; and hosting dialogues.

Launched in October 2013 the Africans for Africa website was created by Webjunkies and will plug into open source networks like Howiviewafrica, Sam Mokorosi’s Africa The Good News and others.

The website will be managed by Di Sparks who comes from a Public Relations background. She enjoys working with people and particularly enjoys sharing knowledge and hopes to stimulate an excitement about the Africans for Africa network. She hopes to stimulate and push others in common networks to tell their own African stories that can re-shape and build closer partnerships.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

2013 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards prepare to honour Africa’s most gifted!


The voting is closed and organisers of the annual Channel O Africa Music Awards 
are furiously preparing to honour the continent’s most gifted musicians with a spectacular LIVE show.

Winners in the 14 categories will be announced at the event, which takes place this Saturday, 30 November at Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown Soweto. The 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards will be broadcast live on Channel O at 20:00, giving music fans across the continent the chance to be part of the highs, the lows, the red-carpet glamour, the drama and the joy as the awards unfold in Soweto.

This year, the annual Channel O Africa Music Awards will confirm its standing as Africa’s leading and most consistently exciting music awards event with a superb line-up of live acts. Among those taking to the stage on Saturday night will be Cassper Nyovest featuring Okmalumkooklat, Burna Boy, The Soil, Khuli Chana, Victoria Kimani, Buffalo Souljah, Wizkid, Aka featuring Da L.E.S., KCee, Lizha James, and Mafikizolo.

In the host hot seat is the one-two star-studded combination of Nigerian muso Naeto C and South African hip hopper AKA – both artists already having proved their popularity with Channel O viewers over the past few years.

The only category not voted by Channel O viewers is the Special Recognition, which this year is being awarded to Nigerian R&B duo P-Square.

Twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye, are being honoured for their significant artistic contributions to music, which have helped place African music and its artists firmly on international stages. They follow in the footsteps of the likes of Oscar “Oskido” Mdlongwa (2012); Nigeria’s Koko Master D’Banj (2011); Somalian born K’NAAN (2010); South African Brenda Fassie (2009) and Ghana’s George Lee (2008).

So tune in at 20:00 when the 2013 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards finally get underway!


Follow us on twitter @ChannelOTV and @ChannelOAfrica and the 2013 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards official hashtag is #CHOAMVA.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Hustle On Your Grind EveryDay Hustlers




Hustle On Your Grind EveryDay Hustlers Trailer
http://youtu.be/oB4SukW66n0

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Meet Mrejo, the new kid on the motswako block


He has been mentored by none other than Zola, and now hip-hop singer-songwriter Mrejo is poised for recognition in his own right with the release of his debut solo album, 1000 Reflections.



This charismatic motswako artist from Mafikeng is releasing his long-awaited first album through BakTu Musik in November 2013, and all indications are that his decade-long journey to find his niche in the local music industry is finally starting to bear fruit.

Mrejo says of the 14-track CD: “The album is based on my personal journey through challenging times in the business. It’s titled 1000 Reflections as a metaphor, referring to someone looking at himself in a shattered mirror.”

He adds: “This project is a personal look at the ups and downs I have faced on my road to success. I really hope it will communicate messages of hope and inspiration to those following in my footsteps.”

The first single, Lehipi (featuring LTK), was released last year to much acclaim, and he will be performing at various venues and festivals throughout the country during November and December to promote the album. First up is an appearance with Mafikizolo at the Red-Ox Inn in Mafikeng on Friday, 15 November 2013 from 5pm.

Mrejo was born Reginald Thapelo Molalabangwe in Mmabatho and began exploring his love for music with a band called BLB in the late 1990s.

He went on to join the group TTC before forming the duo Matona, which released an album and shared stages across the country with the likes of Mandoza, Zola, Mapaputsi, Tshepo Tshola, Brown Dash and Mafikizolo.

Mrejo was steadily building a name for himself, particularly in North West music circles, as a talented songwriter of note. But the following few years were marked by hardship as Mrejo, who had relocated to Pretoria, struggled to balance the demands of a music career with the necessity to make ends meet.

The year 2010 proved to be a turning point for Mrejo, when he started working with Nigerian-born Afrobeat saxophonist Olufemi and was featured on his album. He also featured on a Zola track, and went on to dazzle audiences at the North West Cultural Calabash.

He has been increasingly garnering respect from his music peers as a motswako lyricist of note, including recording a song for the University of Motswako mixtape compilation – a cross-border project for up-and-coming motswako rappers from Botswana and South Africa.

The culmination of his long and eventful musical journey is the new album, 1000 Reflections. It sees Mrejo in a confident songwriting space, collaborating with the cream of the Mafikeng musical crop, with Mafikeng FM station manager LTK, Mo’ Molemi and OBK taking turns at the microphone.

Tshepo Vena and Jason Brown lent their veterans’ touch to the production of most of the tracks, while up-and-coming young producers Green Fingures and Wizzy Majwana also added a touch of magic.

The album is already causing a stir in local music circles. Paige Holmes of the Bassline in Newtown said of the laid-back track Monday Morning: “I like the smooth rhythm, which makes you feel like you’re still on the weekend, and is in great contrast to the lyrics – I LIKE!” And KG of Lesedi FM enthused: “The album is nice and balanced.”

Mrejo is also a co-founder of Pro5Media, a one-stop media solution company, and remains a passionate devotee of music who never misses an opportunity to spend time in the studio.
 


Check out Mrejo, one of local motswako hip-hop’s most exciting new voices, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mrejo/121762174648130 or
https://www.facebook.com/groups/mrejofanbase/) and Twitter (@mrejo_letsopaa), look out for 1000 Reflections at a record store near you, and see him in action at one of the following gigs.

View a video at http://youtu.be/AtmKkZdKNWg

Mrejo’s upcoming gigs:
 
  • Friday, 15 November: Red-Ox Inn, Mafikeng
  • Thursday, 28 November: Ikageng Pub, Potchefstroom
  • Saturday, 7 December: Venue TBC, Welkom
  • Sunday, 15 December: Mmabatho Music Festival
  • Wednesday, 1 January 2014: Disaneng Music Festival



Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Naeto C and AKA to host Channel O Africa Music Video Awards



Nigerian superstar Naeto C and South African airwaves hotshot, AKA, have been announced as the co-hosts of the upcoming 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Video Awards.

The two will bring a one-two star punch to the star-studded live show, taking place on Saturday, 30 November at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown Soweto, which is expected to be attended by the who’s who of the African entertainment scene.

Naeto C and AKA’s star wattage will also be on full display to music fans throughout Africa as the two keep the action rolling during the broadcast, which goes out LIVE on Channel O at 20:00.

"I'm really excited to host this year’s Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, especially on its 10th anniversary,” says Naeto C. “To be a part of this experience is totally awesome and I look forward to sharing this magical moment with the rest of Africa on November 30th."

The Nigerian artist’s sentiments are echoed by AKA.

"I am very honoured to co-host this celebration of Africa's finest talent with Naeto C. I won my first Channel O Music Video award in 2011 and two years later, being in this position is testament to my loyal following. Thank You to Channel O and the fans, it’s going to be a classic night,” says AKA

Naeto C has enjoyed a lengthy association with the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards. In 2009 he won the highly coveted Video of the Year award for his blowout hit, “Ki Ni Big Deal”, in 2010 the track “Ako Mi Ti Poju” saw him take home the Most Gifted Hip Hop Video award and a year later, Most Gifted African West Video was awarded to "10 Over 10".


AKA, meanwhile, is a multiple nominee in 2013, with no less than three nods in the Video of the Year category – for his own song “Jealousy” and two collaborations, Xtatic/AKA & Priddy Ugly’s “Hit ‘Em Up” and Zeus ft AKA & Tumi’s “#DatsWasup”. “Jealousy” is also in the running for Most Gifted Hip Hop – a category AKA won in 2011 for another of his growing list of chart-bangers, “Victory Lap”.

The 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Video Awards have all the makings of a thrilling affair when the live event takes place on Saturday, 30 November in Soweto.

Just who will win Africa’s biggest awards on the night is now in the hands of fans! Voting closes on Thursday, 21 November at 00:00 (midnight) and can be done on three different platforms – via sms, web and WAP.

To vote via SMS, just SMS the artist voting code to +2783142100415. Standard SMS rates apply. Web and WAP votes can be cast at www.channelo.tv

Follow us on twitter @ChannelOTV and the 2013 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards official hashtag is #CHOAMVA.

Below is the full list of nominees as well as their voting codes:

MOST GIFTED MALE VIDEO

DONALD    -    OVER THE MOON
1A
ZEUS FT AKA & TUMI -  #DatsWasup
1B
WIZKID    -    AZONTO
1C
AY/MARCO CHALI    -    PARTY ZONE
1D
IYANYA    -    FLAVOUR
1E
MOST GIFTED FEMALE VIDEO

ZONKE    -    FEELINGS
2A
LIZHA JAMES FT ANSELMO RALPH   -   VAIS ROCHAR
2B
STL    -    STELLA STELLA STELLA
2C
TIWA SAVAGE FT DON JAZZY    -    WITHOUT MY HEART
2D
TOYA DELAZY - HEART
2E
MOST GIFTED NEWCOMER

MONEOA    -    IS'BHANXA
3A
LOLA RAE    -    WATCH MY TING GO
3B
KHAYA MTHETHWA    -    MOVE
3C
VICTORIA KIMANI    -    MTOTO
3D
BURNA BOY    -    TONIGHT
3E
MOST GIFTED DUO, GROUP OR FEATURING

TEARGAS  - WAKE UP
4A
XTATIC/AKA & PRIDDY UGLY - HIT 'EM UP
4B
MICASA - CAN'T GET ENOUGH
4C
EME - BADDEST BOY
4D
NAETO C FT D'BANJ  -  TONY MONTANA (BAD PASS) REMIX
4E
ZONEFAM - CONTOLOLA
4F
MOST GIFTED RAGGA DANCEHALL VIDEO

BUFFALO SOULJAH   -   BASAWINE
5A
KAAKIE    -    TOO MUCH
5B
JESSE JAGZ    -    MURDER DEM
5C
P-UNIT FT COLLO    -    YOU GUY (DAT DENDAI)
5D
RADIO & WEASEL    -    CAN'T LET YOU GO
5E
MOST GIFTED  HIP HOP VIDEO

AKA - JEALOUSY
6A
JAYSO & SARKODIE    -    PIZZA & BURGER
6B
REASON    -    DO IT LIKE I CAN
6C
IFANI FT BLAKSUGA - CHOCOLATE VANILLA
6D
E.L./M.ANIFEST    -    HALLELUJAH
6E
MOST GIFTED  R&B VIDEO

BANKY W    -    YES/NO
7A
VICTORIA KIMANI/M.I.    -    OYA
7B
ANSELMO RALPH - CURTICAO
7C
DANNY K    -    BROWN EYES
7D
CHASE    -    LONELY
7E
MOST GIFTED AFRO POP

THE SOIL FT ZAKWE - IINKOMO
8A
SAUTI SOL    -    MONEY LOVER
8B
2 FACE IDIBIA    -    IHE NE ME
8C
THE MUFFINZ    -    UMSEBENZI WENDODA
8D
DAVIDO  -  GOBE
8E
MOST GIFTED DANCE VIDEO

KCEE    -    LIMPOPO
9A
MAFIKIZOLO    -    KHONA
9B
FUSE ODG FT WYCLEF JEAN    -    ANTENNA
9C
DJ MALVADO FT PETTY  - JAMAICA
9D
DJ GANYANI  FT FB   -    XIGUBU
9E
  MOST GIFTED KWAITO

L'VOVO DERRANGO FT PROFESSOR     -    PALESA
10A
PROFESSOR ft Oskido & Charactor    -    FINGER PRINTS
10B
EES   -   WOZA DECEMBER
10C
KABELO - IMPILO
10D
DJ TIRA FT BIG NUZ & JOOCY - SUMMERTIME
10E
MOST GIFTED  AFRICAN WEST

D'PRINCE - GOODY BAG
11A
ICE PRINCE    -    ABOKI
11B
R2BEES    -    LIFE (WALAAHI)
11C
D-BLACK/JOEY B    -    VERA
11D
CHIDINMA/ ILL BLISS/ THA SUSPECT  -   EMI NI BALLER
11E
P SQUARE  -    ALINGO
11F
MOST GIFTED AFRICAN EAST

P-UNIT/COLLO    -    YOU GUY [DAT DENDAI]
12A
SAUTI SOL    -    MONEY LOVER
12B
RADIO & WEASEL    -    MAGNETIC
12C
AY/MARCO CHALI    -    PARTY ZONE
12D
NAVIO    -    KATA
12E
MOST GIFTED AFRICAN SOUTH

DAMA DO BLING   -   MY EISH
13A
OSKIDO    -    TSA MANDEBELE
13B
BLACK COFFEE  FT ZAKES BANTWINI  -    TAKE IT ALL OFF
13C
PAUL G FT FABULOUS   -   GET CONTROL
13D
DJ DIMPLEZ FT L - TIDO & ANATII -    WE AINT LEAVING
13E
KHULI CHANA    -    HAZZADAZMOVE
13F
MOST GIFTED VIDEO OF THE YEAR

AKA    -    JEALOUSY
14A
MAFIKIZOLO    -    KHONA
14B
STL    -    STELLA STELLA STELLA
14C
P SQUARE    -    ALINGO
14D
FUSE ODG FT WYCLEF JEAN    -    ANTENNA
14E
XTATIC/AKA & PRIDDY UGLY    -    HIT 'EM UP
14F
ZEUS FT AKA & TUMI -  #DatsWasup
14G
WIZKID    -    AZONTO
14H
PAUL G FT FABULOUS   -   GET CONTROL
14I
REASON    -    DO IT LIKE I CAN
14J
R2BEES    -    LIFE (WALAAHI)
14K
ICE PRINCE    -    ABOKI
14L


Friday, 13 September 2013

Field wide open as Channel O Africa Music Awards celebrates 10 years!




Johannesburg: Nominations for the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards were announced today, revealing an open field in the race to claim Africa’s most prestigious music awards.

Nominees in the 14 categories included multiple double nods for over 10 artists, from East, West and Southern African, reflecting the outpouring of world-class music videos on the continent over the past year. It’s now up to fans to vote for their favourites in this public-voted event, with more than two months for the continent’s music fans to have their say.

This year’s nominees list features many longstanding members of the African music scene, among them South Africa’s Oskido (“Tsa Mandebele” for Most Gifted African Southern), Zimbabwe’s Buffalo Souljah (“Basawine” for Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video), and Mozambique’s Lizha James (“Vais Rochar” with Anselmo Ralph for Most Gifted Female).

The list of nominees is also bursting with new faces, including the five contenders in the Most Gifted Newcomer category – South Africans Moneoa (“Is’Bhanxa”) and Idols Season 8 winner Khaya Mthethwa (“Move”), Nigeria’s Lola Rae (“Watch My Ting Go”) and Burna Boy (“Tonight”) and Kenya’s Victoria Kimani (“Mtoto”).  And the multiplicity of genres emerging in this highlight category of the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Video Awards – from Dance Pop to contemporary Afrobeat and Afro-fusion – provides a brilliant glimpse into the diversity of sounds that currently define Africa’s music scene.

To celebrate a decade of recognising the best African contemporary music talent, the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards has expanded the prestigious Most Gifted Video of the Year category to 12 nominees, increasing the pressure on nominees in the most fiercely fought category at the awards.

The category again reveals the mix of newcomers and established artists at this year’s event – a signal of the growing maturity of Africa’s music scene.

South African duo Mafikizolo’s “Khona” is up for Most Gifted Video of the Year as well as Most Gifted Dance Video, and Nigeria’s P Square proves their ongoing popularity with the nomination of “Alingo” for the Most Gifted Video of the Year as well as Most Gifted African West. 

But the Most Gifted Video of the Year category also includes hotshot newcomers, among them Kenya’s Xtatic whose track with Priddy Ugly and AKA, “Hit ‘Em Up” is making a strong bid for the title (as well as Most Gifted Duo Group or Featuring). AKA himself is making his presence felt at this year’s awards: alongside his featuring spots with Xtatic and Zeus, his video “Jealously” is in the running for Most Gifted Video of the Year and Most Gifted Hip Hop Video. 

Another nominee in the Most Gifted Video of the Year category is Kenya’s STL whose “Stella Stella Stella” has also put her in contention for Most Gifted Female where she’s up against Lizha James (Vais Rochar”), South Africa’s Zonke (“Feelings”) and Toya DeLazy (“Heart”)as well as Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage (“Without My Heart” featuring Don Jazzy).

Most Gifted Male includes Botswana’s Zeus featuring AKA and Tumi, “#Datswasup” (also in the running for Most Gifted Video of the Year) along with Nigeria’s Iyanya (“Flavour”) and Wizkid (“Azonto”), South Africa’s Donald (“Over The Moon”) and Tanzania’s Ay featuring Marco Chali (“Party Zone”).

Whether it’s in the heavy hitting categories, or the genre and regional categories, there’s no doubting that the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Video Awards have all the makings of a thrilling affair when the LIVE event takes place on Saturday, 30 November at Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown Soweto.

Just who will win Africa’s biggest awards on the night is now in the hands of fans! Voting opens tonight at 00:00am and closes on Thursday, 21 November at midnight and can be done on three different platforms - via sms:  artist voting code to the number +2783142100415. Standard SMS rates apply on the web and WAP at www.channelo.tv

Follow us on twitter @ChannelOTV and the 2013 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards official hashtag is #CHOAMVA.

Voting is available on these platforms:
SMS: artist voting code to the number +2783142100415. Standard SMS rates apply.
Web and WAP: www.channelo.tv

Channel O is available on DStv Channel 320 as well as on DStv Mobile.

Please find full list of nominees below:


MOST GIFTED MALE VIDEO

DONALD    -    OVER THE MOON
1A
ZEUS FT AKA & TUMI -  #DatsWasup
1B
WIZKID    -    AZONTO
1C
AY/MARCO CHALI    -    PARTY ZONE
1D
IYANYA    -    FLAVOUR
1E
MOST GIFTED FEMALE VIDEO

ZONKE    -    FEELINGS
2A
LIZHA JAMES FT ANSELMO RALPH   -   VAIS ROCHAR
2B
STL    -    STELLA STELLA STELLA
2C
TIWA SAVAGE FT DON JAZZY    -    WITHOUT MY HEART
2D
TOYA DELAZY - HEART
2E
MOST GIFTED NEWCOMER

MONEOA    -    IS'BHANXA
3A
LOLA RAE    -    WATCH MY TING GO
3B
KHAYA MTHETHWA    -    MOVE
3C
VICTORIA KIMANI    -    MTOTO
3D
BURNA BOY    -    TONIGHT
3E
MOST GIFTED DUO, GROUP OR FEATURING

TEARGAS  - WAKE UP
4A
XTATIC/AKA & PRIDDY UGLY - HIT 'EM UP
4B
MICASA - CAN'T GET ENOUGH
4C
EME - BADDEST BOY
4D
NAETO C FT D'BANJ  -  TONY MONTANA (BAD PASS) REMIX
4E
ZONEFAM - CONTOLOLA
4F
MOST GIFTED RAGGA DANCEHALL VIDEO

BUFFALO SOULJAH   -   BASAWINE
5A
KAAKIE    -    TOO MUCH
5B
JESSE JAGZ    -    MURDER DEM
5C
P-UNIT FT COLLO    -    YOU GUY (DAT DENDAI)
5D
RADIO & WEASEL    -    CAN'T LET YOU GO
5E
MOST GIFTED  HIP HOP VIDEO

AKA - JEALOUSY
6A
JAYSO & SARKODIE    -    PIZZA & BURGER
6B
REASON    -    DO IT LIKE I CAN
6C
IFANI FT BLAKSUGA - CHOCOLATE VANILLA
6D
E.L./M.ANIFEST    -    HALLELUJAH
6E
MOST GIFTED  R&B VIDEO

BANKY W    -    YES/NO
7A
VICTORIA KIMANI/M.I.    -    OYA
7B
ANSELMO RALPH - CURTICAO
7C
DANNY K    -    BROWN EYES
7D
CHASE    -    LONELY
7E
MOST GIFTED AFRO POP

THE SOIL FT ZAKWE - IINKOMO
8A
SAUTI SOL    -    MONEY LOVER
8B
2 FACE IDIBIA    -    IHE NE ME
8C
THE MUFFINZ    -    UMSEBENZI WENDODA
8D
DAVIDO  -  GOBE
8E
MOST GIFTED DANCE VIDEO

KCEE    -    LIMPOPO
9A
MAFIKIZOLO    -    KHONA
9B
FUSE ODG FT WYCLEF JEAN    -    ANTENNA
9C
DJ MALVADO FT PETTY  - JAMAICA
9D
DJ GANYANI  FT FB   -    XIGUBU
9E
  MOST GIFTED KWAITO

L'VOVO DERRANGO FT PROFESSOR     -    PALESA
10A
PROFESSOR ft Oskido & Charactor    -    FINGER PRINTS
10B
EES   -   WOZA DECEMBER
10C
KABELO - IMPILO
10D
DJ TIRA FT BIG NUZ & JOOCY - SUMMERTIME
10E
MOST GIFTED  AFRICAN WEST

D'PRINCE - GOODY BAG
11A
ICE PRINCE    -    ABOKI
11B
R2BEES    -    LIFE (WALAAHI)
11C
D-BLACK/JOEY B    -    VERA
11D
CHIDINMA/ ILL BLISS/ THA SUSPECT  -   EMI NI BALLER
11E
P SQUARE  -    ALINGO
11F
MOST GIFTED AFRICAN EAST

P-UNIT/COLLO    -    YOU GUY [DAT DENDAI]
12A
SAUTI SOL    -    MONEY LOVER
12B
RADIO & WEASEL    -    MAGNETIC
12C
AY/MARCO CHALI    -    PARTY ZONE
12D
NAVIO    -    KATA
12E
MOST GIFTED AFRICAN SOUTH

DAMA DO BLING   -   MY EISH
13A
OSKIDO    -    TSA MANDEBELE
13B
BLACK COFFEE  FT ZAKES BANTWINI  -    TAKE IT ALL OFF
13C
PAUL G FT FABULOUS   -   GET CONTROL
13D
DJ DIMPLEZ FT L - TIDO & ANATII -    WE AINT LEAVING
13E
KHULI CHANA    -    HAZZADAZMOVE
13F
MOST GIFTED VIDEO OF THE YEAR

AKA    -    JEALOUSY
14A
MAFIKIZOLO    -    KHONA
14B
STL    -    STELLA STELLA STELLA
14C
P SQUARE    -    ALINGO
14D
FUSE ODG FT WYCLEF JEAN    -    ANTENNA
14E
XTATIC/AKA & PRIDDY UGLY    -    HIT 'EM UP
14F
ZEUS FT AKA & TUMI -  #DatsWasup
14G
WIZKID    -    AZONTO
14H
PAUL G FT FABULOUS   -   GET CONTROL
14I
REASON    -    DO IT LIKE I CAN
14J
R2BEES    -    LIFE (WALAAHI)
14K
ICE PRINCE    -    ABOKI
14L