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Here’s the Full List of Nominees at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards in Johannesburg

We’re just a few hours away from the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards (#MTVMAMA2016) at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg hosted by Trevor Noah Bonang Matheba and co-hosts Nomzamo Mbatha and Yemi Alade. The show will feature performances by Future, Yemi Alade, Nasty C, Babes Wodumo, Cassper Nyovest, Patoranking and many more.


Here’s who’s nominated for what at tonight’s awards. Catch them live on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) beginning at 21:00 CAT.

The 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards Full List of Nominees

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Black Coffee (South Africa)

Diamond (Tanzania)

Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

BEST FEMALE

Josey (Ivory Coast)

MzVee (Ghana)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)

Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

BEST NEW ACT

Babes Wodumo (South Africa)

Emtee (South Africa)

Falz (Nigeria)

Franko (Cameroon)

Nasty C (South Africa)

Nathi (South Africa)

Raymond (Tanzania)

Simi (Nigeria)

Tekno (Nigeria)

BEST FRANCOPHONE

Franko (Cameroon)

J-Rio (Gabon)

Magasco (Cameroon)

Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast)

Toofan (Togo)

LISTENER’S CHOICE

Adiouza (Senegal)

Bebe Cool (Uganda)

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Den G (Liberia)

EL (Ghana)

Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)

Jay Rox (Zambia)

Kansoul (Kenya)

Kiss Daniel (Nigeria)

Lij Michael (Ethiopia)

LXG (Sierra Leone)

Meddy (Rwanda)

Messias Marioca (Mozambique)

Prince Kaybee (South Africa)

Reda Taliani (Algeria)

Saad Lamjarred (Morocco)

Sabri Mosbah (Tunisia)

Sidiki Diabate (Mali)

Tamer Hosny (Egypt)

The Dogg (Namibia)

Yamoto Band (Tanzania)

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Shaktibobo” – Olamide (Nigeria)

“Reggae Blues” – Harrysongz feat Olamide, Kcee & Iyanya, Orezi (Nigeria)

“My Woman, My Everything” – Patoranking feat. Wande Coal (Nigeria)

“Godwin” – Korede Bello (Nigeria)

“Ngud” – Kwesta feat. Cassper (South Africa)

“Roll Up Re-Up” – Emtee feat. Wizkid and AKA (South Africa/Nigeria)

“Soweto Baby” – DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid (South Africa/Nigeria)

“Baddest” – AKA feat. Burna Boy, Khuli Chana, Yanga (South Africa/Nigeria)

“Wololo” – Babes Wodumo feat. Mampintsha (South Africa)

“Coller la Petite“ – Franko (Cameroon)

“Unconditionally bae” – Sauti Sol feat. Alikiba (Kenya/Tanzania)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“Jump” – Anatii & Cassper feat. Nasty C (South Africa); Director: Kyle Lewis

“Caviar Dreams” – AL Bairre & PhFAT (South Africa); Director: Daniel Levi

“If I Start to Talk” – Tiwa Savage feat. Dr Sid (South Africa); Director: Clarence Peters

“Kisasi Kumi” – Sheeba (Uganda) – Director: Sasha Vybz

“Niquer Ma Vie“ – Youssoupha (Congo) – Director: Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

Drake

Beyonce

Adele

Future

Rihanna

BEST LUSOPHONE

NGA

Nelson Freitas

C4 Pedro

Lizha James

Petro Show

BEST MALE

Wizkid (Nigeria)

AKA (South Africa)

Patoranking (Nigeria)

Black Coffee (South Africa)

Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

BEST LIVE ACT

Flavour (Nigeria)

Stonebwoy (Ghana)

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)

Mafikizolo (South Africa)

BEST GROUP

R2Bees (Ghana)

Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Toofan (Togo)

Navy Kenzo (Tanzania)

Mi Casa (South Africa)

BEST POP & ALTERNATIVE

Tresor

TiMO ODV.

LCNVL

Desmond & The Tutus

kyle deutsch & shekhinah

BEST HIP HOP

Olamide (Nigeria)

Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast)

Ycee (Nigeria)

Emtee (South Africa)

Ricky Rick (South Africa)

BEST COLLABORATION

Patoranking ft. Sarkodie – No Kissing

Sauti Sol ft. Alikiba – Unconditionally Bae

AkA ft. Burna Boy,Khuli Chana & Yanga – Baddest

Dj Maphorsia ft. Wizkid & Dj Buckz – Soweto Baby

Nasty c ft. Davido & Cassper Nyovest – Juice Back Remix

PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Linda Ikeji

Wizkid

Caster Semenya

Pearl Thusi

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

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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