Some African and international music industry stars came out to South Africa for the fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal this past weekend. The big winners on the night included Nigerian stars Yemi Alade and Davido, who took home the Best Male and Best Female awards, respectively, while hip hop star Cassper Nyovest nabbed the Best Hip Hop award. “Koko master”, D’Banj, won the MAMA Evolution award, a new category honouring established artists who have made an indelible mark on African and global music culture, taken African music to new territories around the world, pushed the boundaries of creativity, and shaped the soundscape of contemporary Africa.
South African comedian and newly appointed Daily Show host Trevor Noah triumphed in Personality of the Year. Patoranking won Best New Act, given in recognition of new and emerging artists. Saran Kaba Jones and S’Bu Mavundla shared equal honours for the MTV Base Leadership award.
Collaborations between artists of different genres saw NE-YO take to the stage with Seyi Shay, 2Face collaborating with Bucie, Sauti Sol pairing up with Yemi Alade and Patoranking swapping beats with K.O. The show ended with a mash-up by Artist of the Decade winners P-Square, featuring tracks “Personally”, “Chop My Money”, “Alingo” and “Shekini”. Other performers included DJ Fisherman, NaakmusiQ, DJ Tira, Anselmo Ralph, Danger from Big Nuz, Duncan, Burna Boy, Stonebwoy, Da LES, Diamond, Flavour, Toofan, D’Banj, Davido, Uhuru, Black Motion and Cassper Nyovest.
Walking the red carpet at the awards were nominees Bonang Matheba, HHP, Chameleone, Dreamteam, HHP, Riky Rick, Samini, OC Ukeje, Bebe Cool, Mpumi, Jovi, Uhuru and Vanessa Mdee. Other famous faces included comedian Trevor Gumbi, Nigerian OAP Toolz, MTV Shuga star and Mr Nigeria Emmanuel Ikbese, BET “Top Actor” winner Altovise Lawrence, Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie, Boity, Khuli Chana, Joselyn Dumas, Jessica Nkosi, actress Zikhona Sodlaka, and MTV Base VJs Sizwe, Nomuzi, Ehiz and Sandile. Let’s check out some of the red carpet action…
Durban based hip hop crew Witness The Funk!
Fresh Millionaires Ace and his Ntombi
International RnB star Ne Yo is such a cool guy, he was taking pics with everybody
Nomuzi Mabena looking all sorts of sexy
Fresh couple Cassper and Boity who recently broke the internet with their publicity STUNT
Ishuuuuuuuu (Okamalumkoolkat Voice)
Jhene Aiko seemed happy to be in the country
Africa’s power couple? Bonang and D’Banj
Cyprian Ndlovu was feeling himself
It’s not every day that you see the Black Motion guys all suited up
Shout out to Riky Rick
Shout out to Ntando Duma
Shout out to Bucie
Anthony Anderson held it down
Check out more photos of the MAMA 2015 HERE