SOUTH AFRICA’S Bonang “Queen B” Matheba and Nigerian superstar Ice Prince (real name Panshak Zamani) have been named hosts of the 9th Annual Channel O Music Video Awards.
Report by Melissa Mpofu
The most prestigious music awards ceremony, which will be held on Saturday evening at Walter Sisulu Square, South Africa, will see Zimbabwe’s Oskido being honoured with a Special Recognition award.
Buffalo Souljah will also represent Zimbabwe as his track Staera Inonyengesa, which features Angola’s Cabo Snoop of the Windeck fame, has been nominated for two categories, namely Most Gifted Ragga Video and Most Gifted Duo.
Bonang is well known for co-hosting Live, a musical show broadcast on SABC 1.
In a statement released by DStv, Bonang said hosting an awards ceremony of this magnitude was a first for her and a great honour.
“The Channel O Music Video Awards will be broadcast to over 40 African countries, so you can only imagine how excited I am. I’m really honoured to be part of it,” she said.
“This year’s show is going to be massive. The production and execution is going to blow our guests away. So let’s meet on Saturday as we take Africa to the future.”
In the same statement, Ice Prince said he felt honoured to be at the centre of the awards ceremony.
“I feel honoured and super excited. I think I am more excited than anyone who has ever hosted or co-hosted the show because it’s a huge privilege to be hosting the biggest award show in Africa,” he said.
Ice Prince has become a renowned solo star across the continent over the past few years. His popularity was primarily driven by the mega hit Oleku.
The song, featuring Brymo, saw Ice Prince winning the Most Gifted Newcomer Video award at last year’s Channel O Music Video Awards.
The musician’s current chart-toppers Superstar and Magician (Remix) — featuring Gyptian — have earned the artist a nomination for Most Gifted Hip Hop Video as well as Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video respectively at this year’s awards.
Besides the presenters, various live performances have been lined up for the ceremony.
Performers include rapper Zeus from Botswana, Nigeria’s Mo Cheddah, Khuli Chana (SA), Camp Mulla (Kenya), Manifest (Ghana) as well as Pro, Mi Casa, DJ Zinhle, and Bucie from South Africa.
The awards ceremony will be broadcast live at 8pm, making sure fans throughout the continent get a taste of the magic that Bonang and Ice Prince are set to bring to this year’s event.