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Channel O's African Music Video Awards Round-Up

We recap the winners of the Channel O African Music Video Awards, held this past Friday in Soweto.


Most Gifted Dance Video winners Mafikizolo

Over the weekend music stars from around the continent converged at Soweto's Walter Sisulu Square for the tenth edition of the Channel O Video Music Awards– arguably the longest running and most prestigious awards night on the continent, which we previously chatted with SA nominees Toya Delazy and the Muffinz about. This year's ceremony was hosted by Nigeria's m.scs wielding rapper Naeto C and South African hip-hop royalty and AKA. For the first time in a minute, South Africa cleaned up the award haul– a position long held by Nigeria.

Live music high points of the night included performances from "special recognition award" recipients P Square, Dirty Paraffin spitter Okmalumkooklat, buzzing Nigerian Burna Boy, Soweto "kasi soul" crooners The Soil, SA hip-hop royalty Khuli Chana, and Kenyan Chocolate City rep Victoria Kimani amongst others. Below we run down who won what at this year's #CHOAMVA– all voted in by Channel O viewers. For a full gallery look at what went down head here.

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Most Gifted Video of the Year:

Wizkid – "Azonto"

Most Gifted Male Video:

Zeus ft. Tumi and AKA – "#DATSWASUP"

Most Gifted Female Video:

Zonke – "Feelings"

Most Gifted Newcomer Video:

Khaya Mthethwa – "Move"

Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring Video:

Zone Fam – "Contolola"

Most Gifted Dance Video:

Mafikizolo – "Khona"

Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video + Most Gifted African East Video:

P Unit – "You Guy" (Dat Dendai)

Most Gifted Afro Pop Video:

The Soil – "Inkomo"

Most Gifted Kwaito Video:

Professor – "Finger Prints"

Most Gifted R&B Video:

Banky W – "Yes/No"

Most Gifted Hip-Hop Video:

AKA – "Jealousy"

Most Gifted South Video:

Oscar – "Tsa Mandebele"

Most Gifted West Video:

P-Square – "Alingo"

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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