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Johannesburg/Lagos, 12 September 2016: As anticipation builds for the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 (MAMA), MTV Base (DStv channel 322) has revealed that South African Hip-Hop “game changer” Cassper Nyovest and Tanzanian Bongo Flava star Ali Kiba will perform at the glittering, sixth edition of the pan-African awards show.

The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016, brought to you by Joburg Tourism in partnership with Absolut Vodka and Google and in association with MTN and DStv, will take place at The Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday 22 October 2016.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN Africa), “It is a huge thrill to welcome these major stars from East Africa and South Africa to the MAMA stage, as they showcase their amazing talent to millions of music fans across the continent and internationally.”
Echoing his 2015 triumph, former MAMA winner Nyovest (Best Hip Hop, MAMA 2015) will take to the stage at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg and MAMA-newcomer Ali Kiba.  They join previously announced performers Yemi Alade, Nasty C and Babes Wodumo as the MAMA is staged for the first time ever in Johannesburg.

Highlighting the “gold standard” in contemporary music, creativity and achievement,The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 promises to be the biggest and best ever, with more than 15,000 fans expected to fill out the Ticketpro Dome for the joyous celebration.  Tickets for the awards are on sale now priced ZAR 250 (standing only) via, and at Ticketpro retail outlets or dealers.  Over 18s only.

The definitive annual celebration of African and international talent and achievement,MAMA 2016 recognises and rewards musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year. The ceremony will feature stunning performances from African and international artists along with the show’s signature cross-genre and cross-border collaborations.

MAMA 2016 will celebrate African talent across 18 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Listener’s Choice and Best Group. The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognised in the Best Lusophone andBest Francophone categories. Additional categories include the Africa Re-Imagined Awardand Personality of the Year. The nominations for the awards will be revealed in two parts: on21 September in Johannesburg, and in Lagos on 2 October.

Celebrating the pan-African scope of the MAMA, the awards will encompass two stunning Road to MAMA events featuring MAMA nominees and superstar DJs, to be held in Durban and Lagos.  Another much-anticipated element of MAMA 2016 will be a music industry workshop for aspiring musicians held on the day prior to the awards (21 October).

First staged in 2008, the MTV Africa Music Awards has recognised the talent of musicians, achievers and personalities from across Africa, rewarding iconic artists and game changers such as 2Face Idibia, Big Nuz, Davido, D’Banj, Flavour, Gangs of Ballet, HHP, Fally Ipupa, Liquideep, Mafikizolo, Lira, Nameless, Lupita Nyong’o,Clarence Peters, Diamond Platnumz, Anselmo Ralph, Sarkodie, P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Cabo Snoop, Toofan, Trevor Noah, Zebra & Giraffe, Uhuru, Wahu, Yemi Alade, and many more.

The MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 will broadcast live on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Saturday 22 October at 21:00 CAT. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms from October onwards, while MTV channels around the world will broadcast a one-hour MAMA-themed MTV World Stage.

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