AfriPOP! video: Wyclef at MTV Africa Music Awards press conference

It’s a bit 2009 but still a fun throw-back. Wyclef Jean, a lively addition to the MAMAs 2009 revelry in Nairobi, has all but made a home of Africa. What with numerous trips there over the last couple years (click here for a live performance for a 50000-strong audience of Diallo at Calabar in Nigeria just over a week ago), and his past and pending collaborations with various artists on the contintent. […]


Woah MAMA!: MTV Africa Music Awards uncut

The worst thing about made-for-TV shows is usually the duration. Counting some 11 acts billed to perform at the the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) –  that’s excluding Wyclef and Akon – and factoring in the inevitable downtime for set changes and fluffs, I prayed my attention span would co-operate. Pop the hood for a full account of the night that was MAMAs 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya.


Did you catch the African Music Awards?

We didn’t on this side, but do tell if you did. A few highlights: D’banj won best both the artist of the year award and the best male award. Kenyan singer Wahu (pictured) won for best female Naeto C won best new act. 9ice won the best Hip-hop award. Nigerian duo P-Square won best group South African hip hop group  Jozi won for the best live performers. I would have […]


Get to Know...Brian Temba

BETTER MAN Brian Temba takes on the R&B world with his secret weapon – South African soul The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) launch this year at the Velodorome in Abuja, Nigeria on November 22nd. Sitting somewhat awkwardly amongst the more straight-forward categories like best male or best female or best Hip-hop even, is the one for Best R&B. P-Square, Akon, Loyiso, Rihanna and Alicia Keys are the contenders. Akon […]