Monday, 19 November 2012

Beat Box: And the winner is...

The 9th annual Channel O Music Video Awards took place this past Saturday evening at the Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto, South Africa. The awards delivered fourteen winners at the glitz filled event that staged a night of great memories and great co-hosting by South Africa’s Bonang Matheba and Nigerian Muso Ice Prince. 

Every year Channel O puts together a prestige’s awards ceremony to pay tribute to Africa’s talented acts. The star of the show was Nigerian superstar D’banj who took with him three awards, Most Gifted Video of the year, and Most Gifted Male Video of the Year for his hot joint “Oliver Twist” to mention only two. The awards were largely dominated by Nigerian acts, which also saw the likes of Davido bagging an award for Most Gifted Newcomer, duo PSquared scooped an award for Most Gifted Duo for club banger “Chop my money” featuring Akon.

Other African Stars who walked out victorious were South African hit-maker DJ Cleo who took Most Dance Video for his offering “Facebook”, Zimbabwean Buffalo Souljah won Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video. Nigerian rising star Brymo continued the Nigerian onslaught by bagging an award for Most Gifted Afro Pop Video for his track “Ara”.  

Zahara the South African Musician was too part of the nights winners taking home the award for Most Gifted Video and Namibian kwaito star EES bagged Most Gifted Kwaito Video. Flavour and Nigerian Ice Prince also claimed victory for Most Gifted RnB Video and Most gifted Hip Hop video respectively.

The night gifted those in Attendance great performances by the likes of Nigerian Pop princess Mo’cheddah, South African acts such as Khuli, duo Mi-casa who shared the staged with the Soweto Gospel choir, Zeus of Botswana showed why his one of the most loved in his home country. Who could forget the crazy performance by Dr. Malinga, and the stunning performance by D’banj. Those weren’t the only performances, but even those not mentioned gave some bit of brilliance on the stage.

This year’s Special Recognition recipient was South African music veteran Oskido, while acts such as Cash Time family from South Africa, Ghana’s D’Black, and Tanzanian Ay scooped the regional accolades.

To all winners of this year’s Channel O Music Video Awards may you continue with the hard work and do not stop in flying Africa’s flag.

Ashley Mokwena     

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