THE awards dome in Kliptown is up and ready for the Channel O Music Video Awards taking place at the Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto, Johannesburg, tomorrow evening.
Melissa Mpofu,Staff Reporter
This will be the second time that the awards will be held there after a successful event last year.
Nigerian superstar Naeto C and South Africa’s AKA will be the hosts of the night. The awards ceremony which will be broadcast live on Channel O (DStv Channel 320) will kick off with a red carpet session where artistes will be interviewed by various entertainment channels as they walk into the awards venue.
After the red carpet, star performers including Zimbabwe’s own Buffalo Souljah (real name Thabani Ndlovu) will illuminate the stage using the force of sound to send reverberations across Africa on what promises to be a memorable night.
This will be Buffalo’s second time performing at the awards after appearing in 2010 where he performed his Channel O
award-winning track Izandla Phezulu.
Last year, he was one of the first people to walk on the same stage, not as a performer but as an award recipient. This year, if all goes well, he will walk away with another award as he is one of the nominees in the Most gifted ragga/dancehall video category for the track Basawine — a category he has contested tightly in for a couple of years.
Commenting on tomorrow’s performance, Buffalo said he was glad to be representing Zimbabwe both as a nominee and as a performer.
“Zimbabwean music still remains unknown to many in the continent because it doesn’t receive airplay out of Zimbabwe. I’m glad to be performing at the Channel O awards for the second time. This will be a great opportunity to showcase our local talent to Africa,” said Buffalo.
He added that he was deeply humbled to have been selected to perform at the awards ceremony because not many countries were selected to perform at this year’s event.
Nigerian hotshot Burna Boy will show how he “likes to party” with a performance that is set to confirm his standing as a rising artiste while South Africa will be represented by the likes of The Soil, Khuli Chana, A.K.A, Da Les and Khona hitmakers, Mafikizolo.
This year’s Special Recognition award will go
to P Square. The dynamic duo, made up of the identical twin brothers, Peter and Paul Okoye, will follow in the footsteps of Africa’s most ground-breaking musicians including last year’s honouree, the multi-talented music veteran Oscar “Oskido” Mdlongwa; Nigeria’s Koko Master D’Banj (2011); Somalia-born K’NAAN (2010); and South African Brenda Fassie (2009).