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Stormzy, Wizkid, Davido and More Win Big at the 2017 MOBO Awards

Stormzy was the most awarded artist at this year's MOBO Awards.

The 2017 MOBO Awards went down on Wednesday in the UK, and some of our favorite artists snagged major awards.

British-Ghanian grime star, Stormzy was the night's biggest winner, taking home three awards for Best Male Artist, Best Grime Act, and Best Album for his critically-acclaimed debut Gang Signs & Prayer.

Davido performed at the show, and took home the award for Best African Act, beating out the likes of Mr Eazi, Sardokie.

Wizkid beat out Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Solange, SZA and others to snag the Best International Act Award. According to Twitter page, Africa Facts Zone, this makes him the first African artist to have won the award along with the Best Worldwide act at the MTV EMAs, Best African Artist at both the BET Awards, and the MOBOs.

Gambian-British MC, J Hus kicked off the night by winning Best Song of the Year for his summer smash "Did You See."

See the full list of 2017 winners below:

Best male act: Stormzy

Best female act: Stefflon Don

Best album: Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

Best newcomer: Dave

Best song: J Hus – Did You See

Best video: Mist – Hot Property

Best hip-hop act: Giggs

Best grime act: Stormzy

Best R&B/soul act: Craig David

Best international act: Wizkid

Best African act: Davido

Best reggae act: Damian Marley

Best jazz act: Moses Boyd

Best gospel act: Volney Morgan & New-Ye

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Listen to Sound Sultan's New Album '8th Wondah'

The 17-track album features 2Baba, Wizkid, Teni, Falz, Mr Real and several others.

Sound Sultan recently dropped his 8th studio album titled 8th Wondah.

The 17-track album is the follow-up to his 2016 album titled "Out of the Box" and features fellow Nigerian artists 2Baba, Wizkid, Teni, Falz, Mr Real, Olu Maintai, Peruzzi, Small Doctor and Johnny Drille.

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Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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YouTube's Online '#Stay Home... #WithMe' Music Festival Will Keep You Entertained This Weekend

Watch Reekado Banks, Gigi Lamayne, Asa, Skales and other African artists perform live this weekend as part of YouTube's online music festival, 'Stay Home #WithMe'.

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