10th December, 2010
Contemporary rap icon, T-Pain; South African trio, Big Nuz and four-time MAMAÂ winner, Dâ€™banj, have joined the A-list artistes that will perform at the MTV AfricaÂ Music Awards (MAMA) with Airtel, which takes place at the new Expo Centre, Eko HotelÂ and Suites, Lagos, tomorrow.
Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, MTV Networks Africa,Â announced this at a press conference.
He revealed that Eve, and actress and one of rap musicâ€™s beautiful discoveries ofÂ recent years, will be the host of the third edition of the international event,Â while celebrity presenters will include Dama Do Bling (Mozambique), Liquideep (SouthÂ Africa), Nneka (Nigeria), Nigerian striker, Daniel Amokachi; supermodel Oluchi andÂ film star, Genevieve Nnaji.
T-Pain, Big Nuz and Dâ€™banj will join previously announced performers Rick RossÂ (USA), Teargas (South Africa), Banky W (Nigeria), Daddy Owen (Kenya), Fally IpupaÂ (DRC), 2face (Nigeria), DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast), Cabo Snoop (Angola), Jozi (SouthÂ Africa), Wande Coal (Nigeria), P-Unit (Kenya), Sasha (Nigeria), Barbara Kanam (DRC),Â Sarkodie (Ghana), Radio & Weasel (Uganda), Paul G (Angola), The Parlotones (SouthÂ Africa), J.Martins (Nigeria) and Diamond (Tanzania), at the annual MAMA event.
MTV Networks Africa also revealed that it has introduced an additional awardÂ category, Best Performance, for the 2010 edition of the show. With this, there areÂ now 13 separate award categories including Best Video, Brand New Artiste of theÂ Year, Song of the Year, Best Anglophone, Best Lusophone, Best Francophone, BestÂ Group, Best Female, Best Male, Best International, Best Performance and MAMA Legend.
Meanwhile, the late recording artiste and civil rights campaigner, South Africaâ€™sÂ Mariam Makeba, has been honoured as the MAMA Legend. She follows the footsteps ofÂ previous award winners, Nigeriaâ€™s Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (2008) and Lucky Dube (2009).
â€œMiriam Makeba is a true legend and rightly celebrated throughout the world for herÂ beautiful voice, fighting spirit and pioneering interpretation of African music,â€Â said Okosi.