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Nigeria dominates Channel O MVA nominations

By Lolade Sowoolu
Even without a proper music industry, Nigerian music continues to garner attention beyond our shores and many of our artistes cannot be ignored.

Last Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa, nominations for the 2009 Channel O Music Video Awards were unveiled and Nigeria topped the list with nominations in nine of the 14 categories.

Darey and Naeto C led the pack with double nominations for their ‘Not the girl’ and ‘Kini Big Deal’ videos while Sasha’s ‘Only One’, was the only Nigerian representative in the Best Female Video category.

It was not surprising that P-Square and D’banj (together with Mo Hits Crew) were recognised in the Best Duo or Group category for their efforts in ‘No One Like You’ and ‘Pere’ respectively.

Of the six spots available in the Best Africa West category, Nigeria comfortably picked four finding representations with Ikechukwu’s Shoobeedoo, Jay Martin’s Good or Bad, Nneka’s Heartbeat and 9ice’s Street Credibility.

New comers GXploits and Steel found their voice also, being nominated in the Best R N B and Best Afro Pop categories respectively with their Tear Rubber and Omoge individual singles.

Even banned videos in Nigeria were nominated. Tu Face’s Enter the place featuring Sound Sultan and Kelly Hansome’s Maga Don Pay were nominated in the Best Afro Pop and Best R N B video categories.

It is however surprising that the Best Nigerian dance video did not make it into the Best Dance category, talking about P-Square’s Roll It, and notably no Nigerian Hip Hop video was good enough for nomination in the Best Hip Hop category.

However,  the other three categories which Nigeria did not pick up nominations were not open to Nigerian music. The three being; Best Kwaito (newly introduced), Best African South and Best African East categories.

The fifth annual Channel O Awards is coming up at Carnival City, Guateng, on Thursday, 29th October 2009.

Awards Categories

Best Male Video
Naeto C – Ki Ni Big Deal
Pro – Uthini Ngo Pro
Buffalo Souljah – Judgement
Hip Hop Panstula – Mpitse
Darey – Not The Girl
Xod – I Want You Back

Best Female Video
Amani – Tonight
Lira – Wa Mpaleha
Lizha James – Estilo Xakhale
Nneka – Heartbeat
Thandiswa Mazwai – Ingoma
Sasha – Only One

Best Newcomer
The Dream – Plenty Plenty
Brian Temba – Dominoes
Nneka – Heartbeat
Khuli – Tswak Stik’em
Jay Ru – Big Boi Anthem
Xod for – Want You Back

Best Duo or Group
Da L.E.S. feat. Bongz & Maggz  – We On Fire
Kalibrados – Bambribam
P Square – No One Like You
Buffalo Souljah/Taygrin/Gal level – My Type Of Girl
Mwana Fa/Ay Mamba – Naongea Na Wewe
D’Banj feat. Mo Hit Stars – Pere

Best Dance Video
Master Jam feat. RJ. Benjamin – Change The World
Goldfish – This Is How It Feels
Winnie Khumalo – Live My Life
Tzozo & Professor – Vuma
Lady May – Ndota
Black Coffee feat.. Bucie – Turn Me On

Best Ragga Dancehall Video
Kalaharians – Work The Middle
Buffalo Souljah – Judgement
Bantu – Where Di Water
Wahu -  Sweet Luv
Paulino Q – Shake It On Me
Risasi/Collo – Wat U Wote

Best Afro Pop
Kelly Hansome – Maga Don Pay
Winnie Khumalo – Live My Life
Steel – Omoge
Theo – Ndihambela Phezulu
Durella – Enu O Se
Gal Level – Touch Me

Best R&b Video
Lira for Wa Mpaleha
Gxploits  – Tear Rubber
Amani – Tonight
Darey – Not The Girl
Brian Temda – Dominoes
2 Face Idibia/Sound Sultan – Enter The Place

Best African West
Ikechukwu – Shoobeedoo
J. Martin feat. Ti Maya & P Sqaure – Good Or Bad
Okyeame Kwame – Woso
Nneka – Heartbeat
9ice feat. 2 Face – Street Credibility
Kwaku T & D-Black – Move

Video of the Year
Taygrin feat. Wendy Harawa – Moto
Da L.E.S. feat Bongz & Maggz – We’re On Fire
Okyeame Kwame – Woso
Naeto C – Ki Ni Big Deal
Rhythmic Elements – 2 By 2
Amani – Tonight


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