Buffalo Souljah, Oskido for Channel O awards

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SOUTH Africa-based Zimbabwean dancehall musician and producer Thabani Ndlovu, popularly known as Buffalo Souljah, and Oscar “Oskido” Mdlongwa have once again been nominated for this year’s Channel O Music Video Awards.

Report by Melissa Mpofu

The awards ceremony will take place on November 30 at Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto, South Africa.

Channel O announced the nominations for the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards on Tuesday revealing an open field in the race to claim some of Africa’s most prestigious music awards. The nominees in the 14 categories include multiple double nods for over 10 artistes, from East, West and Southern Africa.

Buffalo Souljah’s latest dancehall tune, Basawine, was nominated for the Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video category whilst Oskido’s Tsa Mandebele was selected for Most Gifted Southern African category.

Buffalo Souljah will compete against Ghana’s Kaakie who did the song Too Much, Nigeria’s Jesse Jagz (Murder Dem), Kenya’s P-Unit featuring Collo (You Guy) and Uganda’s Radio & Weasel (Can’t Let You Go).

Oskido is up against a powerful pack of artistes in the name of Mozambique’s Dama Do Bling (My Eish), South Africa’s Black Coffee featuring Zakes Bantwini (Take it all off), DJ Dimplez featuring L-Tido & Anatii (We Ain’t leaving), Khuli Chana (Hazzadazmove) and Angola’s Paul G featuring Fabulous (Get control).

Last year, Buffalo scooped the Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video award for his track Staera Inonyengesa which featured Angola’s Cabo Snoop.

Buffalo Souljah said he believed his recognition at the awards was a result of consistency in his work.

“I have always been consistent in producing high quality videos. Every time I produce a video, I strive to do better in the next production,” he said.
“I am glad adjudicators at these awards recognise and appreciate my work.”

Multi-talented music veteran, Oskido was also named as last year’s Special Recognition Award recipient at Channel O Music Video Awards for his unparallelled contribution to African music since the early ‘90s.

Other nominations for this year’s awards include South African duo Mafikizolo’s Khona, which is up for Most Gifted Video of the Year as well as Most Gifted Dance Video awards.

Nigeria’s P Square proved why its popularity is growing through nomination of their song Alingo for the Most Gifted Video of the Year as well as Most Gifted West African.

With more than two months left before the awards ceremony, it is now up to fans to vote for their favourite artistes. Voting has begun and closes on November 21 at midnight.

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