Rapper Eve Hosts MAMA This Weekend, As Miriam Makeba Is Made MAMA Legend


Contemporary rap icon, T-Pain; South African trio, Big Nuz and four-time MAMA  winner, D’banj, have joined the A-list artistes that will perform at the MTV Africa  Music Awards (MAMA) with Airtel, which takes place at the new Expo Centre, Eko Hotel  and Suites, Lagos, tomorrow.

Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, MTV Networks Africa,  announced this at a press conference.

He revealed that Eve, and actress and one of rap music’s beautiful discoveries of  recent years, will be the host of the third edition of the international event,  while celebrity presenters will include Dama Do Bling (Mozambique), Liquideep (South  Africa), Nneka (Nigeria), Nigerian striker, Daniel Amokachi; supermodel Oluchi and  film star, Genevieve Nnaji.

T-Pain, Big Nuz and D’banj will join previously announced performers Rick Ross  (USA), Teargas (South Africa), Banky W (Nigeria), Daddy Owen (Kenya), Fally Ipupa  (DRC), 2face (Nigeria), DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast), Cabo Snoop (Angola), Jozi (South  Africa), Wande Coal (Nigeria), P-Unit (Kenya), Sasha (Nigeria), Barbara Kanam (DRC),  Sarkodie (Ghana), Radio & Weasel (Uganda), Paul G (Angola), The Parlotones (South  Africa), J.Martins (Nigeria) and Diamond (Tanzania), at the annual MAMA event.

MTV Networks Africa also revealed that it has introduced an additional award  category, Best Performance, for the 2010 edition of the show. With this, there are  now 13 separate award categories including Best Video, Brand New Artiste of the  Year, Song of the Year, Best Anglophone, Best Lusophone, Best Francophone, Best  Group, Best Female, Best Male, Best International, Best Performance and MAMA Legend.

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Meanwhile, the late recording artiste and civil rights campaigner, South Africa’s  Mariam Makeba, has been honoured as the MAMA Legend. She follows the footsteps of  previous award winners, Nigeria’s Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (2008) and Lucky Dube (2009).

“Miriam Makeba is a true legend and rightly celebrated throughout the world for her  beautiful voice, fighting spirit and pioneering interpretation of African music,”  said Okosi.

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