2010 Channel O Music Video Awards (nominees)

Africa’s most gifted musicians are set to take flight with the just-announced nominations for the 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards. Like the pan-African vision of the channel that spawned the awards, nominees in this year’s Channel O Music Video Awards are confirmation of the exceptional music talent that is being created in so many parts of Africa. From Hip-Hop to Dancehall; from Kwaito to Afro Pop; from Ghana to Angola; from Namibia to Kenya – and so many other countries and music genres! – it’s impossible not to be impressed by the nominees in this year’s event and what they say about the healthy state of Africa’s contemporary music scene.

“What’s especially pleasing this year is the reach of the nominees,” says Yolisa Phahle, Channel Director of M-Net’s Special Interest Channels. “It’s great to see a country like Angola make its presence felt and there is a strong showing by artists from Ghana and Kenya as well. It’s now up to the artists and fans to mobilise in order to secure votes for the music videos that they believe deserve the honour of a Channel O Music Video Award. In the end, it’s the fans who decide who walks away with the statuette.” In total, the 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards are spread across 14 categories – with five nominees in each category, except Most Gifted Video of the Year which features six nominees. After his high profile in the recent 2010 FIFA World Cup it’s no surprise that Somalian-born rapper, K’Naan, is one of the leading nominees this year with three nods. His video for “T.I.A.” has earned him a nomination in the Most Gifted Video of the Year category as well as for Most Gifted Hip-Hop Video and Most Gifted Male Video. The latter category is likely to be hard-fought and alongside K’Naan, it features Nigeria’s Wande Coal (“Bumper To Bumper”), Nigeria’s Banky W (“Strong Thing”), Botswana’s Zeus (“Champagne Music”) and South Africa’s Black Coffee (with the video for “Juju” featuring Bantwini).

Also notching up three nominations is Nigeria’s M.I. whose video with Djinee – “Safe” – has ignited the continent-wide career of the rapper. Alongside Most Gifted Video of the Year, “Safe” sees M.I. in the running for Most Gifted Newcomer and Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring. Watch out too for Djinee, M.I.’s collaborator on the track, who is also a contender for Most Gifted Newcomer with the video “Overkilling”. Other nominees in this closely-watched category – designed to honour Africa’s emerging talent – is Mozambique’s Gabriela with “Mina Nawena”, and two new South African talents: Octave Couplet and Hydro with “Do Ur Thang” and L-Tido and T-P’s “Calling”. Mozambique features strongly in this year’s nominees list with Gabriela and Dama Do Bling (“Casar Com Outra” is up for Most Gifted Southern Video) among the nominees. Their compatriot Lizha James represents Africa’s gifted female artists in the Most Gifted Video of the Year nominees list and her song with Loyiso – “Vou Te Atacar’ – has also earned the Mozambican a nomination for Most Gifted Female Video. Most Gifted Female Video additionally has Nigeria’s Kenny Saint Brown featuring the late Da Grin (Turn Me Around”), Nigeria’s Mo’Cheddah featuring Othello (“If You Want Me”), South Africa’s Thembi Seete (“Free”) and Tanzania’s Witness (“Attention Please”). Ghana’s D-Black and Kwaku-T are another leading contender with their video “Breathe”.

It’s up for Most Gifted Video of the Year and Most Gifted Hip Hop Video. Samini also represents the West African country in the category Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video with the video “Sweet Mistake” whilst Ghana’s Jon Germain is in the running for a Most Gifted R&B Channel O Music Video Award with the video “In My Head”. Another nominee for Most Gifted R&B is Anselmo Ralph whose “Domesticado” flies the flag for Angola along with Big Nelo whose “Hoje E Surra” is up for Most Gifted Dance Video. The Angolan will have a strong contest on his hands in the latter category: also up for this coveted award are four South African videos – DJ Cleo’s “Mzimba Shaker”, Liquideep’s “Fairytale”, DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota and Professor’s “Bayete” and Big Nuz featuring DJ Tira with “Umlilo”. The video for “Umlilo” has turned the popular Durban Kwaito outfit into leading nominees at the 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards by also earning nominations in Most Gifted Kwaito and Most Gifted Southern Video as well. Alongside these nominees, there are plenty of others who have earned multiple nods including Kenya’s Nameless also whose collaboration with Hadiba “Sunshine” is up for Most Gifted Afro Pop and Most Gifted East Video.

The 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards are set to take place on Thursday 4 November at the Sandton Convention Center. Voters can have their say by voting via SMS [SMS the artist code to the number [+27 83 920 8406], on the web (www.mva.channelo.tv) or on their mobile phone.

Nominees for the 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards

Most Gifted Afro Pop

Anogiri - Oyibo
D'banj - Fall in Love
Jozi - Party Time
Nameless & Habida - Sunshine
Ntando - Ngiyosebenza

Most Gifted Dance Video

Big Nelo - Hoje e surra
Big Nuz ft. Dj Tira - Umlilo
DJ Cleo - Mzimba Shaker
DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota/Professor - Bayete
Liquideep - Fairytale

Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring

Deep Level - We run this city
M.I ft Djinee - Safe
Obita ft. Loyiso - Everybody Dance
P Square ft. J Martins - E no Easy
Tumi ft. Bricks & Tracy Lee - Bambezela

Most Gifted East Video

Shaa - Zamu Yangu
Avril - Mama
Nameless & Habida - Sunshine
Wyre - Uprising
Obita ft. Loyiso - Everybody Dance

Most Gifted Female Video

Kenny Saint Brown ft. Da Grin - Turn me around
Lizha James - You te atacar
Mo'Cheddah ft. Othello - If you want me
Thembi Seete - Free
Witness - Attention Please

Most Gifted Hip Hop Video

Naeto C - Ako mi ti poju
Kwaku T & D Black - Breathe
J.R ft. Hip Hop Pantsula - Show Dem
Teargas - Go Away
K'Naan - T.I.A

Most Gifted Kwaito Video

Big Nuz ft. DJ Tira - Umlilo
Fishman ft. Gal level - Let's hook up
Gazza - Shukusha
Mzambiya/Howza - Badala
Tkzee - Sdudla

Most Gifted Male Video

K'Naan - M.I.A
Wande Coal - Bumper to Bumper
Banky W - Strong Ting
Black Coffee ft. Zakes Bantwini - Juju
Zeus - Champagne music

Most Gifted NewComer

Djinee - Overkilling
Gabriela - Mina Nawena
L Tido ft. TP - Calling
M.I ft Djinee - Safe
Octave Couplet ft. Hydro - Do your thang

Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video

Buffalo Souljah - Too many of me
General Pype Ft. Naeto C, Sasha, GT, Vector, Da Grin - Champion Remix
Kwela Tebza ft. Various Artists - Better
Samini - Sweet Mistake
Wyre - Uprising

Most Gifted RnB

Anselmo Ralph - Domesticado
Gelly - Mzuri
Jon Germain - In my head
Tolumide - My Love
Urban Reign - Addicted

Most Gifted South Video

Buffalo Souljah - Ezandhla Phezulu
Big Nuz ft. DJ Tira - Umlilo
Dama do bling - Casar Com Outra
PRO - Sekele
Proverb ft. Hip Hop Pantsula -

Most Gifted Video of the year

Kwaku T & D Black - Breathe
K'Naan - M.I.A
Lizha James- Vou te Atacar
M.I ft Djinee - Safe
Teargas - Party 101
Tkzee - Dikakapa

Most Gifted West Video

2face - Implication
Becca/samini - Fire (remix)
Da Grin - Pon pon pon
J-Town - Guns & Roses
Sasha ft. Naeto C/Sauce Kid - Making Money

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