ZIMBABWEAN dancehall musician Buffalo Souljah (real name Thabani Ndlovu) scooped a Channel O music video award at a glamorous event held at the Walter Sisulu Square, Kliptown, Soweto, South Africa, on Saturday evening.
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His collaboration with Angola’s Cabo Snoop Styra Inonyengesa was named Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video.
The two beat HHP featuring Lutan Fyah Baheitane remimx, Ice Prince featuring Gyptian Magician, Orezi Booty Bounce and Wyre Dancehall Party.
An elated Buffalo Souljah told NewsDay he could not believe he had won.
“When I went on stage, I was shaking, as I did not expect it,” he said.
“Though I have won two other Channel O awards, this one came as a surprise to me and it has definitely confirmed my status as the African King of dancehall,” he said. Buffalo said he had undermined his fan base by parting ways with South African DJ Waxxy.
He said the award will give birth to a vigorous music video production next year.
“Next year, I am going to assist Zimbabweans to release music videos. Zimbabweans are a talented lot, but I feel they are a bit relaxed when it comes to producing music videos for their songs. We need to tap into this African movement and make our musicians big out there just like the Nigerians do,” he said.
After the announcement that Buffalo had scooped the award, social networks went awash with messages of Zimbabweans congratulating him.
The other category which Buffalo was nominated for, Most Gifted Duo, was an intensely contested race for the crown and P Square’s hit track, Chop My Money, which features Akon, came out tops.
Nigeria’s D’Banj, popularly known as the “Coco Master”, took home the most anticipated award of the night — the Most Gifted Video of the Year — for his chart-topper Oliver Twist.
Like last year, Nigerian acts dominated the winners’ list with a total of six awards.
On an evening that featured a host of superb live performances from many of South Africa’s dance and house hotshots — including Mi Casa, DJ Zinhle and Bucie — it was a South African innovator DJ Cleo who won Most Gifted Dance Video for his social network hit “Facebook” against stiff competition.
The awards evening was capped when multi-talented music veteran, Oskido, was named as this year’s Special Recognition Recipient at the 9th Annual Channel O Music Video Awards.
Hosts of the show, Nigerian rapper, Ice Prince and South Africa’s Bonang Matheba (Queen B), brilliantly kept the flow going, on a jam-packed night with the who’s who of African entertainment.