Channel O Music Video Awards, a.k.a. Spirit of Africa Music Video Awards, ceremony will be set alight by African artists who are likely to turn the event into the most celebrated music awards ever.
A brilliant array of artists will be taking to the stage at Walter Sisulu Square, Kliptown, South Africa, on November 17.
Now in its 9th year, the Channel O Music Video Awards is the only public-voted annual music video awards show broadcast around the continent that exclusively features African artists.
Starting in 2004 with an event at M-Net’s Johannesburg offices, the annual Channel O Music Video Awards has grown to be the Original African channel’s signature event.
Spread across 14 categories, this year’s Channel O Music Video Awards are a showcase of Original African music befitting the music channel that has steadfastly flown the flag for Africa’s musicians and music for well over a decade.
“The quality of this year’s nominees is testament to the way music videos are playing an increasingly important role in the promotion of African music. Some of the nominees are newcomers and this proves that there is no barrier to making an impact on the African music scene,” said Solly Moeng, Head of Programming.
The event will see last year’s Channel O Best newcomer winner Ice Prince (Nigeria) igniting the awards ceremony. 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 flair to the continent.
Game ‘Zeus’ Bantsi, one of Africa’s Hip Hop heavy weights, is billed to perform in the hip-hop contingent and is in the running for Most Gifted South Video for Dancing Shoes. Taking to the stage will be South Africa’s very own hip hop head, Pro, and a number of Kwaito music legends in the form of Alaska and Thebe, along with Dr Malinga.
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.
Music lovers can also expect something special from this year’s Special Recognition recipient, Oskido.
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).
In the house music 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.