As stated in a media release: “MTV Networks Africa and Zain Africa have revealed that 2face, Cabo Snoop and DJ Arafat will join the glittering performer line-up for the 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain.
2face, Cabo Snoop and DJ Arafat join previously announced performers Daddy Owen, South Africa’s Teargas, Fally Ipupa and Banky W at the 2010 edition of the awards.”
Former MAMA winner 2face is one of Nigeria’s most famous musical exports, whose music videos regularly achieve A-list rotation on MTV base. The charismatic Nigerian star, whose iconic track ‘African Queen’ was the first music video played on MTV base when it launched in 2005, was awarded a MAMA for Best R&B at the MAMA in Kenya in 2009 and numbers a MOBO, a World Music Award and a KORA award among his many accolades.
Angolan musician Cabo Snoop is almost as well known for his dance moves as his music. The Kuduro star seamlessly blends Hip Hop, R&B, Break Dance and House Music into one harmonious and infectious whole that makes you want to dance too – as best demonstrated by his eminently danceable single, “Windeck”, which has topped the Angolan charts in 2010. Cabo Snoop was appointed MTV base Brand:New artist for October 2010, in recognition of his talent and huge potential inside Angola and across the continent.
At just 24 years old, DJ Arafat is well on his way to becoming one of Africa’s most compelling artists thanks to his exciting interpretation of Coupé Décalé, the percussive dance movement loved by Francophone Africa. The young man from the Cote d’Ivoire, known as “Le Yoroba” in his home country, has an impeccable musical ancestry, with the singer Tina Spencer for his mother and celebrated producer Houon Pierre as his dad. DJ Arafat’s 2009 album “Gladiator” proves that his parents’ musical genes are still thriving! His first hit “kpangor” was an internet hit while his current single “Djessimidjéka” is currently getting heavyweight airplay on MTV base.”
The MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain was created in 2008 to recognise and reward Africa’s finest contemporary musicians. The awards are held in a different African city annually, with the aim of celebrating musicians from across the continent.
“The 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards are sponsored by Zain in association with MasterCard. Arik Air is the official airline partner of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain”.
Look out for a list of the nominees in the next post!
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