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Johannesburg/Lagos, 14 October 2016:  Lighting up the MAMA stage on 22 October with dazzling live performances will be Nigerian AfroBeat giant Wizkid, Angolan “Kizomba” icon C4 Pedro, Kenyan AfroPop supergroup Sauti Sol, and legendary South African “House” DJ and producer, DJ Maphorisa – as they all head to Johannesburg to perform at MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016.

The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 will broadcast LIVE from the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) from21:00 CAT on 22 October (live Red Carpet show will be streamed on from18:30 CAT).

Fresh from his recent collaboration with Drake, Wizkid is this year’s most nominated MAMAartist, with an incredible 6 nominations, including two nods for Song of the Year, plus the prestigious Artist of the Year, Best Male and Personality of the Year.  East coast foursomeSauti Sol is not far behind with an amazing 4 nominations including Best Group, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration (for “Unconditionally Bae” featuringAlikiba).  
C4 Pedro is going head-to-head against the continent’s best Portuguese-speaking artists in theBest Lusophone category, where he is pitched against fellow countrymen NGA and Preto Show, alongside Mozambique’s Lizha James and Nelson Frietas (Cape Verde).  Uhurualumnus DJ Maphorisa, who has been hitting the headlines recently for his co-production credit on Drake’sOne Dance”, is back in the spotlight for his solo achievements at this year’s awards, notching up two nominations, for Song of the Year and Best Collaboration, for “Soweto Baby”, featuring Wizkid.

Wizkid, DJ Maphorisa, C4 Pedro and Sauti Sol join previously announced African performersDiamond, Emtee, Future, Kwesta, Patoranking Alikiba, Babes Wodumo, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Ycee and Yemi Alade for the uplifting telecast, broadcasting live from the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) at 21:00 CAT on 22 October.

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 music lovers partying up a storm at the Ticketpro Dome for this spectacular showcase.  Tickets for the awards are available priced R 250 (standing only), and R 300 (bleachers), and at Ticketpro retail outlets or dealers.

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.

The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 is brought to you by Joburg Tourism in partnership with Absolut Vodka and Google and in association with MTN and DStv.

DStv and are the official South African TV media partners of the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016.

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