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Burna Boy, Busiswa, Teni, Mr Eazi and More Win Big at Soundcity MVP Awards

But it was Burna Boy's mom who stole the show.

The Soundcity MVP Awards, which recognizes accomplished musicians across Africa, took place in on Saturday, and some our our favorite artists took home trophies in major categories.

Winners include South African singer Busiswa, who won Best Female MVP, Davido who won Best Pop Artist, Mr Eazi who won Digital Artist of the Year, Teni the Entertainer who won Best New Artist, AKA who won Best Hip-Hop Artist and many more.

But the big winner of the night was none other than Burna Boy who won a total of four awards—the most for any artists at Saturday's show. He wasn't in attendance, but his mother and manager Bose Ogulu attended on his behalf and ended up stealing the show with her lively acceptance speeches.

READ: Burna Boy Won 2018

When the artist won the award for Song of the Year for his hit single "Ye," Burna's mother took to the stage to thank a number of people including Kanye West for "making a mistake and calling his album 'Ye'." She also told the world to "expect more madness" in 2019.


She received much applause on Twitter, with folks sharing funny responses to how "boss' her speech was. Burna Boy gave his mother a shoutout as well, writing "Honestly, she is something special!"





Congrats to all of Saturday's winners! You can check out the full list of 2019 Soundcity MVP winners below.

BEST MALE MVP

Burna Boy

BEST FEMALE MVP

Busiswa

BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST

AKA

BEST POP ARTIST

Davido

BEST COLLABORATION

"Soco" – Starboy Ft Wizkid, Terri, Spotless & Ceeza Milli

DIGITAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Mr Eazi

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

"Heal D World" – Patoranking

BEST GROUP OR DUO

Navy Kenzo

SONG OF THE YEAR

"Ye" – Burna Boy

BEST NEW ARTISTE

Teni

VIEWER'S CHOICE

"So Mi So" – Wande Coal

LISTENER'S CHOICE

"Ye" – Burna Boy

AFRICAN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Phantom

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Burna Boy

AFRICAN DJ OF THE YEAR

Dj Neptune

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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