SAUTI SOL WINS BEST GROUP AT MAMAs
The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) 2016 went down at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg hosted by Bonang Matheba. The music’s wildest night featured top red carpet looks and great performances.
Kenyan music group Sauti Sol won the Best Group beating R2Bees (Ghana), Toofan (Togo), Navy Kenzo (Tanzania) and Mi Casa (South Africa).
Sauti Sol was also nominated in the categories of Song of the Year, Best Collabo and Artist of the Year.It was the first time for Sauti Sol to clinch the coveted and highly competitive award for Best Group. However, they have previously won an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Act in Africa in 2014.
“Winning the Best Group award is a career highlight for us, and the East African music industry as a whole. We’ve been working hard and consistently at our career for about seven years straight. The past year was a big one for us with the release of our self-produced third album: Live and Die in Afrika. We also staged our first nationwide tour that is now onto a global scale. We thank our fans, friends and family for believing in us and loving our music. We also love to thank the media across Africa for showing us their support during our road to MAMAs 2016. To all the other nominees in our category, we salute you! Let’s join hands in making Africa’s music industry better and bigger,” adding, “Thank you MTV for putting up such a grand celebration of African music and achievement,” said Sauti Sol.
Nigerian afro-pop star Wizkid bagged three major awards: Best Male, Best Collaboration and the coveted Artist of the Year award.
South Africa’s Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya won Personality of the Year in association with DStv and South African musician and human rights activist Hugh Masekela was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
SEE FULL LIST OF WINNERS.
Best Live Act
Best Lusophone Act
Best Francophone Act
Best Collaboration in partnership with Absolut
DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid & DJ Bucks-Soweto Baby
Video of the Year
Niquer Ma Vie-Youssoupha-Director: Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon
Personality of the Year in association with DStv
Best Hip Hop in association with MTN
Song of the year in partnership with Google
My Woman, My Everything-Patoranking feat. Wande Coal
Artist of the Year
MAMA 2016 MTV Legend award
South African musician and human rights activist Hugh MasekelaViews: 925