MAMA KAMPALA 2021 AFRICA NOMINEES REVEALED:
BURNA BOY, BUSISWA, CALEMA, DAVIDO, DIAMOND PLATNUMZ, INNOSS’B, KABZA DE SMALL, JOHN BLAQ, MASTER KG, SUSPECT 95, SHEEBAH, SORAIA RAMOS, TIWA SAVAGE, YEMI ALADE AND WIZKID

 

CATEGORIES FROM BEST FEMALE, BEST MALE, ARTIST OF THE YEAR, BEST GROUP AND MORE OF THE BIGGEST PAN AFRICAN MUSIC ARTISTS TO BE RECOGNISED

THE MTV AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS KAMPALA 2021 REVEAL FIRST NOMINATIONS FOR SPECTACULAR VIRTUAL EVENT AWARDS CEREMONY
BROUGHT TO YOU BY UGANDA, THE PEARL OF AFRICA, 20 FEBRUARY 2021

Nominees show repeats at 16:00 CAT, 12TH December on MTV Base (DStv channel 322)
VOTING NOW OPEN AT www.mtvmama.com

Kampala/Johannesburg/Lagos, 10 December 2020:¬†¬†MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 (MAMA)¬†reveals Africa’s top acts with first nominees list. Talented African musicians feature from¬†Burna Boy, Busiswa, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Innoss’B, Kabza De Small, John Blaq, Master KG, Suspect 95, Sheebah, Soraia Ramos, Tiwa Savage,¬†Yemi Alade and WizKid¬†‚Äď who were each nominated for two awards. S√£o Tom√© and Pr√≠ncipe’s¬†Calema¬†leads the pack with three nominations for¬†Artist of the Year, Best Group¬†and¬†Best Lusophone Act.

Fifty-two MAMA Kampala 2021 nominees from 15 countries were revealed in the initial 10 music categories by MTV Base this evening, in partnership with Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, during a 45-minute special show that aired on MTV Base (DStv channel 322). The nominees show repeats on Thursday, 10th December at 21:00 WAT on MTV Base ROA (DStv ) and @16:00 CAT on Saturday, 12th December on MTV Base.

In the¬†Best Male¬†category, Nigerians¬†Burna Boy, Rema and Fireboy DML¬†will face off against South African musos¬†Kabza De Small¬†and¬†Master KG,¬†as well as Tanzanian artist¬†Harmonize,¬†and¬†Innoss’B¬†from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The highly contested¬†Best Female¬†category features fierce female competition and is lead by Uganda’s¬†Sheebah, Sho Madjozi¬†and¬†Busiswa¬†from South Africa, Cape Verde’s¬†Soraia Ramos¬†and¬†Simi, Yemi Alade¬†and¬†Tiwa Savage¬†from Nigeria.

An epic battle of the bands is set to take place between¬†Blaq Diamond; Kabza De¬†Small & DJ Maphorisa¬†of South Africa; Sauti Sol¬†and¬†Ethic¬†from Kenya;¬†Calema¬†from S√£o Tom√© and Pr√≠ncipe and Tanzania’s¬†Rostam¬†in the¬†Best Group¬†category. The¬†Artist of the Year¬†also has some stiff competition, namely¬†Burna Boy, Davido, Tiwa Savage¬†and¬†Wizkid¬†from Nigeria, S√£o Tom√© and Pr√≠ncipe’S¬†Calema, Diamond Platnumz¬†from Tanzania and South Africa’s¬†Master KG.

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager¬†at¬†ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA)¬†said, “These nominees represent some of the very best talent the continent has to offer. The¬†MAMA¬†is a great showcase and opportunity for African music along with youth culture to shine on the global stage. Congratulations to all the nominees who continue to push the boundaries of creativity and authenticity, we are proud of your contribution to the continent’s music industry¬†in taking Africa to the World. It’s a celebration not to be missed.”

Two new categories have been announced for the¬†MAMA Kampala 2021.¬†The first is the exciting entrant of the¬†Best Ugandan Act, which recognises the host country’s star and rising talent. The nominees include¬†Sheebah, Bebe Cool, John Blaq, Vinka, Daddy Andre,¬†and¬†Spice Diana. The second new category inspired as a reflection of the unique reality of the music scene in 2020 is the¬†Alone Together: Best Lockdown Performance.

“This is a milestone moment for Uganda to bring the¬†MAMA Kampala 2021¬†to the African continent that presents a great opportunity to share the beauty and diversity of our magnificent nation, music and culture from the Pearl of Africa,” said¬†The Honourable Godfrey Kiwanda, State Minister for Tourism Uganda. “The¬†MAMA¬†is a great platform to highlight the continent’s music and showcase the full spectrum of what the continent has to offer. We extend our congratulations to everyone who has been recognised with a nomination.”

The second round of nominations, including Best Collaboration, Best International, Personality of the Year, Best Alternative Act, Best Fan Base Award and Song of the Year will be revealed from the 5 January 2021 on MTV Base.

The nominations in the music categories are selected by the¬†MAMA Kampala 2021¬†Academy, an esteemed group of music industry, opinion formers and tastemakers from across the African continent who create a shortlist based on the artists and musicians who have received airplay on the channel‚ÄĮover the previous year.‚ÄĮThe academy looks for artists who embody the very best of African talent,‚ÄĮwho can bring a sense of Africa to a global audience and who want to inspire the youth with their music.

Voting for MAMA KAMPALA 2021 opens at 22.00 CAT on Wednesday 9 December at www.mtvmama.com, and affiliated Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Voting Ts and Cs are available at  www.mtvmama.com.
The MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV Africa (DStv Channel 130) on 20 February 2021. The show will also be aired on MTV channels across multiple continents as a one-hour MAMA-themed MTV World Stage feature.

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021, go to www.mtvmama.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards, please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2021 #VISITUGANDA.

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MAMA 2021 Award Categories 1- 10

Best Female
Simi (Nigeria)
Sheebah (Uganda)
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Busiswa (South Africa)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Best Male 
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Innoss’B (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kabza De Small (South Africa)
Harmonize (Tanzania)
Fireboy DML (Nigeria)
Master KG (South Africa)
Rema (Nigeria)

Best Group
Blaq Diamond (South Africa)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Kabza De Small / DJ Maphorisa (South Africa)
Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe)
Ethic (Kenya)
Rostam (Tanzania)

Artist of the Year
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Master KG (South Africa)
Davido (Nigeria)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Breakthrough Act
Elaine (South Africa)
Tems  (Nigeria)
Omah Lay (Nigeria)
Zuchu (Tanzania)
John Blaq (Uganda)
Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)
Focalistic (South Africa)

Best Hip Hop  
Nasty C (South Africa)
Suspect 95 (Cote d’Ivoire)
Khaligraph Jones (Kenya)
Kwesi Arthur (Ghana)
NGA (Angola)
OMG (Senegal)

Best Ugandan Act 
Sheebah
Bebe Cool
John Blaq
Vinka
Daddy Andre
Spice Diana

Best Lusophone Act
Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe)
Preto Show (Angola)
Anna Joyce (Angola)
Mr Bow (Mozambique)
Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)
Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)

Best Francophone Act 
Innoss’B (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Suspect 95 (Cote d’Ivoire)
Dip Doundou Guiss (Senegal)
Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Gaz Mawete (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Alone Together: Best Lockdown Performance
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) ‚Äď Africa Day Benefit Concert
Black Motion (South Africa) ‚Äď Red Bull Rendezvous
Niniola ft Busiswa (Nigeria / SA) ‚Äď Africa Day Benefit Concert
Singuila (Congo) ‚Äď DCDR Series
AKA (South Africa) ‚Äď AKA TV
Yemi Alade (Nigeria) ‚Äď Poverty (live session)

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