When good things happen to good guys in the cruel business of music we wanna sing it from the rooftops. It’s been a whirlwind 2, 3 years for Hip-hop Pantsula, the foremost proponent of the Southern African style of Hip-hop branded Motswako. When he met him at the MTV Africa Music Awards last year he hadn’t quite come down from the high of a late night cipher between himself and [...]
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.
Akon is the latest US superstar to sign up for the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) with Zain. The Senegalese-American multi-platinum artist and producer is set to headline at the 2009 MAMA Awards in Nairobi, Kenya on 10 October, performing alongside Fugees’ alumnus Wyclef Jean and a host of Africa’s most celebrated contemporary artists including Wahu, M.I., Samini and Lira. Says Akon, ‘Africa is my heart. I feel especially blessed [...]