GRAMMY-NOMINATED INTERNATIONAL R&B STAR TREY SONGZ JOINS LINE-UP AT THE 2014 MTV AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS KWAZULU-NATAL
STAR-STUDDED SHOW TAKES PLACE AT ICC, DURBAN ON 7 JUNE
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Durban, Johannesburg, Lagos, 26 May 2014: MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) has revealed that Grammy-nominated international R&B star Trey Songz will be joining an electrifying entertainment line-up at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 alongside R&B superstar Miguel, hip hop game changer French Montana, Nigerian sensations Davido, Flavour and Tiwa Savage, and South African hit makers Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Oskido and Professor.
The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) KwaZulu-Natal takes place at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), on Saturday 7 June and will be broadcast around the world on MTV, MTV Base, BET International and affiliate stations. Stand-up comic, film and television sensation Marlon Wayans will host the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards brought to you by KwaZulu-Natal Province and supported by Absolut and the City of Durban. South Africa Tourism is also a key partner to the awards.
Award winning R&B star Trey Songz is a chart-topping Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer and actor whose crowd-pleasing blend of hip hop, R&B and pop has spawned ten years of inspired R&B magic including the Grammy-nominated “Can’t Help But Wait”, club banger “Say Aah”, the sultry “Invented Sex”, “Bottoms Up (feat. Nicki Minaj)”, the #1 single “Can’t Be Friends”, and chart climber “Na Na”. His 2012 album “CHAPTER V”, the follow up to “Passion, Pleasure and Pain” (2010) was released in August 2012 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts with chart-topping singles including “Heart Attack” and “Dive In”. Trey’s sixth studio album “TRIGGA” is due out later this year and promises to be his most personal album to date.
Commented Trey Songz, “I’m excited to finally be going back to Durban. I went once just for a day but this time I’m spending more time to get to know the people and the culture. I can’t wait to perform at the awards show, especially since it’s live for the first time ever. It’s going to be amazing to feel the energy when I’m on that stage and see some of the best talent that Africa has to offer.”
Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, “We are thrilled that Trey Songz will be joining the stellar line-up in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal on 7 June, and contributing his own signature R&B style to the wide range of music genres represented at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.”
Celebrating musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African youth culture throughout the year, MAMA 2014 will, for the first time ever, premiere LIVE across Africa on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130) at 21:00 CAT. The show will be amplified on radio by media partners Gagasi FM, Yfm and Capricorn FM.
Nominees from the length and breadth of sub-Saharan Africa are represented in the nominations for this year’s music categories, including 2Face, AKA, Amani, Amr Singh, Anselmo Ralph, Arielle T, Beatenberg, Big Nuz, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Clarence Peters, Danny K, Davido, Diamond, DJ Buckz, DJ Clock, DJ C’ndo, DJ Ganyani, DJ Kent, The Arrows, Donald, Don Jazzy, Dr Malinga, Dr Sid, Efya, Espoir 2000, Fally Ipupa, FB, Ferre Gola, Flavour, Fuse ODG, Gangs of Ballet, Goldfish, Heavy K, Ice Prince, JD, KCEE, Khuli Chana, Kyle Lewis, LCNVL, Lizha James, Mafikizolo, Matthew Mole, May D, Mi Casa, Michael Lowman, Nakhane Toure, Nelson Freitas, Olamide, Oskido, P Square, Professor, The Parlotones, Phyno, Radio and Weasel, R2bees, Sarkodie, Sauti Sol, Shortstraw, Stanley Enow, Tiwa Savage, Toofan, Uhuru, Wizkid, Youssoupha, Yuri Da Cunha and Zakes Bantwini.
In this year’s newly introduced lifestyle award categories, Chimamanda Adiche, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Trevor Noah, Lupita Nyong’o and Yaya Toure are nominated for Personality of the Year. Clarence Peters, Leti Arts, Rasty and Anisa Mpungwe are nominated in Transform Today by Absolut. The nominees for Best International Act are still to be revealed.
With hundreds of thousands of votes already cast, public voting for 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards continues online at www.mtvbase.com until midnight on 4 June 2014. The winners of the MTV Base Leadership Award and Best Video are chosen exclusively by MTV Base. Voting for Song of the Year continues up until the show on 7 June.
Tickets for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal are on sale at www.computicket.com, on 0861 915 8000 and at Computicket retail outlets. Seated tickets cost R450 (incl. VAT) while general access (standing) tickets are R200 (incl. VAT).
For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal supported by Absolut & The City of Durban, please go www.mtvbase.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow us on Twitter @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA.
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About the MTV Africa Music Awards
First staged in 2008, the MTV Africa Music Awards has recognised the talent of musicians from across sub-Saharan Africa, rewarding iconic artists such as 2Face Idibia, Big Nuz, HHP, P-Square, Liquideep, D’Banj, Lira, Nameless, Wahu, Fally Ipupa, Cabo Snoop, Zebra & Giraffe, and many more. The 2014 awards are open to all artists whose music videos have been accepted for airplay on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) or MTV (DStv Channel 130) during the qualifying period 20 March 2013 to 19 March 2014.
KwaZulu-Natal Province is South Africa’s leading tourist destination and a magnet for visitors from continental Africa and all points of the globe. Offering a unique blend of sophistication, cultural diversity and excitement in the most breath taking setting imaginable, KwaZulu-Natal is an enticing, spectacular and fascinating consumer and business tourism destination, flanked on one side by the warm Indian Ocean and – on the other – by soaring peaks.
About Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard South Africa is one of the leading spirits and wine companies in South Africa. Pernod Ricard South Africa was established in 1994 and is a part of the Global Pernod Ricard Group which holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector including iconic brands like Absolut Vodka, Jameson
About The City of Durban
The City of Durban is honoured to be host city to the prestigious MTV Africa Music Awards and we would like to take this opportunity to invite our colleagues from the rest of Africa to celebrate Africa’s finest talent in our sub-tropical paradise. The staging of an event of this magnitude certainly highlights the growing track record of international events that have been successfully held by the city and events of this nature play an important role in positioning Durban as a leading events and tourist destination. Durban combines the perfect ingredients to make your visit special – world class facilities, a vibrant blend of cultures, unique eKasi Lifestyle, extreme adventure, hot nightlife, exotic cuisine and a breath-taking coastline of superb beaches – that create the warmth and diversity of this amazing city. We look forward to an unforgettable MAMA in Durban and would like all our guests to leave with the warmest of memories.