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MTV EMA 'Best African Act' Nominations Round-Up

We round up the list of the MTV EMAs 'Best African Act' nominees, including Fuse ODG, Locnville, Wizkid, Mafikizolo, and P-Square.


MTV recently announced the nominees for the "Best African Act" category at the November 10th MTV European Music Awards (EMAs), held this year at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome. After a four year absence the African Act award is back, and with a revamped format. The winner will be entered into a new category deemed the "Best Worldwide Act" along with the winners of the other respective regional categories. We took a look at what 2013 has had in store for this year's unsurprisingly pop-heavy list of nominees.

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Fuse ODG

The Londoner of Ghanaian descent made great leaps riding the Azonto wave with smash hits "Azonto" and "Antenna." The latter, aside from its 8 million views on youtube, also spawned a worldwide dance competition.

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Locnville

Cape Town's Chaplin twins first gained worldwide attention courtesy of FIFA 11 use of their "Sun in My Pocket" single. After a three year hiatus the SA electro-pop duo returned this year with the release of popular (emphasis on pop) singles "Closer" and "Yesterday," off the Faster Longer Mixtape.

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Wizkid

It's been a HUGE year for Nigerian popstar Wizkid, with highlights (among many) that include releasing a Wale-featuring hit single, a Femi Kuti collab, the launch of his own label, and most recently selling out an Amsterdam arena. A second year returnee to the category, Wizkid is the frontrunner for this year's honors.

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Mafikizolo

As we speak the word "Khona" is being heard at every corner of the continent, the upshot of what may arguably be the definitive song of 2013. A successful start for the SA trio in 1997 was followed by trying years that included the tragic loss of groupmate Tebogo Madingoane as well as a brief hiatus. Now a duo, Mafikizolo has capitalized on the mega success of their new brand of Kwaito with performances across the continent's capitals (including Harare, Lusaka, Maputo and Lagos) as well as nominations the likes of the MOBO’s, Channel O Awards, and now the EMA’s.

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P-Square

Nigerian music royalty P-Square seem to do no wrong (ever) in the eyes of their following. 2013 saw the twins release another hit with "Personally," along with the accompanying MJ-honoring video. Recently they embarked on a North American tour (aka a "3-hour 13-man band" spectacle). The Naija popmakers even received honorary Calgarian citizenship (and hats) courtesy of southern Alberta's largest city, an honor reserved for individuals from outside of Canada who have excelled in their respective field.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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