With just six weeks to go until the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 (MAMA), a dazzling line-up of artists is set to headline Lagos’s annual Road to MAMA party, taking place this year at the Hard Rock Cafe, Lagos on Sunday October 2, 2016.
Headlining the gig is reggae-dancehall star Patoranking, who wowed Durban music fans at last year’s spectacular ceremony and took home the award for MAMA Best New Act 2015. He’ll be joined by Hip Hop freshman Nasty C who is set to heat up the MAMA main stage in Johannesburg – and fast-rising Hip Hop star Ycee, who’s also been confirmed to perform at the show.
More Nigerian Hip Hop artistry will be showcased by prolific rapper Skales, while Runtown will be showing off his R&B/reggae moves. Rising Afro-Pop/Highlife newcomer Koker and award-winning ‘Love don’t care’ song bird Simi complete the line-up.
There will be added excitement at this year’s gig, as MTV Base will be revealing nominees in 7 different MAMA categories, including Best Female, Video of the Year and Artist of the Year.
Rounding out the evening with some hot deck action will be DJ Xclusive, DJ Humility, DJ Kaywise, DJ Hazan and DJ TTB.
Highlights of Road to MAMA – Lagos will air on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) in October 2016.
The previous edition of the awards held in Durban, South Africa saw Psquare winning Artist of the Decade, Best Group Award, D’banj won MTV Evolution Award, Davido went home with African Best Male Artist, and Yemi Alade Best Female.
The award categories at the MAMA 2016 include:
1. Best Male
2. Best Female
3. Best Group
4. Best New Act in association with Absolut
5. Best Live Act
6. Best Collaboration
7. Best Hip Hop
8. Best Alternative
9. Best Francophone
12.Video of the Year
13.Artist of the Year
14.Artist of the Decade
15.Song of the Year
16.Personality of the Year
17.MTV Base Leadership Award
First staged in 2008, the MTV Africa Music Awards has recognised the talent of musicians, achievers and personalities from across Africa, rewarding iconic artists and game changers such as 2Face Idibia, Big Nuz, Davido, D’Banj, Flavour, Gangs of Ballet, HHP, Fally Ipupa, Liquideep, Mafikizolo, Lira, Nameless, Lupita Nyong’o, Clarence Peters, Diamond Platnumz, Anselmo Ralph, Sarkodie, P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Cabo Snoop, Toofan, Trevor Noah, Zebra & Giraffe, Uhuru, Wahu, Yemi Alade, and many more.