A stunning line-up of African artists is poised to turn the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards ceremony into the biggest celebration of African music talent this year.
Report by Melissa Mpofu
Awards organisers said the array of artists taking to the stage at Walter Sisulu Square, Kliptown, South Africa, on November 17 reads like the who’s who of contemporary and iconic African stars.
The event, which will be broadcast live on DStv Channel 320 at 20:00 CAT will see music lovers watching artists such as last year’s Channel O Best Newcomer winner Ice Prince (Nigeria) igniting the awards ceremony.
Mo Cheddah (Nigeria), who has been nominated for the Most Gifted Female Video for her See Me video featuring Phenom, will also add fire to the live performances.
Also blazing the stage will be South Africa’s hip hop head Pro and a number of Kwaito music legends in the form of Alaska and Thebe along with Dr Malinga. Viewers can also expect something special from the Kwaito flagbearers, all of whom have worked with this year’s Special Recognition recipient, Oskido.
Representing the hip-hop contingent is Ma-E of the Teargas fame and Botswana rapper Zeus who is in the running for Most Gifted South Video for Dancing Shoes. Also flexing their skills at this Pan African event is Kenyan group Camp Mulla. The Kenyan outfit has 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).
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. Ghana’s lyrical fire starter Manifest who was 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 music in the mix. Black Motion, Mi Casa, DJ Zinhle and the first lady of South African house music, Bucie, will also be taking to the stage. Bucie is in the running for Most Gifted Dance Video for Get Over it. She faces off with DJ Zinhle and others in the category.
Mi Casa is vying for the Most Gifted Group/Duo Video award for their video Heavenly Sent. Finally, adding their rousing emotional magic to the awards is the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.
Meanwhile, voting for the nominated artistes closes on Thursday. Zimbabwe’s Buffalo Souljah was nominated for two categories.