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D Black, EL and others for Africa Music Awards 2013

Six Ghanaian artistes have been nominated in five categories, including Most Gifted Hip Hop Video and Most Gifted Africa West for the 10th annual Channel O Africa Music Awards, revealing an open field in the race to claim Africa’s most prestigious music awards. They are D Black and Joey B, R2Bees, E.L and M.anifest, Chase, Fuse ODG and Wyclef as well as Jayso and Sarkodie.

Nominees in the 14 categories include multiple double nods for over 10 artistes, from East, West and Southern Africa, reflecting the outpouring of world-class music videos on the continent over the past year.

It’s now up to fans to vote for their favourites in this public-voted event, with more than two months for the continent’s music fans to have their say.

This year’s nominees list features many longstanding members of the African music scene, among them are Zimbabwe’s Buffalo Souljah (Basawine for Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video), South Africa’s Oskido (Tsa Mandebele for Most Gifted African Southern), and Mozambique’s Lizha James (Vais Rochar with Anselmo Ralph for Most Gifted Female).

The list of nominees is also bursting with new faces, including the five contenders in the Most Gifted Newcomer category –Nigeria’s Lola Rae (Watch My Ting Go) and Burna Boy (“Tonight”), South Africans Moneoa (“Is’Bhanxa”), Idols SA Season 8 winner Khaya Mthethwa (“Move”) and Kenya’s Victoria Kimani (“Mtoto”).

And the multiplicity of genres emerging in this highlight category of the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Video Awards – from Dance Pop to contemporary Afrobeat and Afro-fusion – provides a brilliant glimpse into the diversity of sounds that currently define Africa to celebrate a decade of recognising the best African contemporary music talent. The 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards has expanded the prestigious Most Gifted Video of the Year category to 12 nominees, increasing the pressure on nominees in the most fiercely fought category at the awards.

The category again reveals the mix of newcomers and established artistes at this year’s event – a signal of the growing maturity of Africa’s music scene.

Whether it’s in the heavy hitting categories, or the genre and regional categories, there’s no doubting that the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Video Awards have all the makings of a thrilling affair when the live event takes place on Saturday, November 30, at Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown Soweto, South Africa.

Just who will win Africa’s biggest awards on the night is now in the hands of fans. Voting began last Wednesday and closes on Thursday, November 21 at midnight and can be done on three different platforms – via sms: artiste voting code to the number +2783142100415. Standard SMS rates apply on the web

Source: Graphic Showbiz

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