Jhené Aiko & Young Thug to light up the stage at MTV Africa Music Awards Kwa-Zulu Natal 2015

111Tweet this: @jheneaiko and @youngthug head for #SouthAfrica to wow the audiences at #MTVMAMA2015.  #Durban #KwaZuluNatal Johannesburg/Lagos, 7 July 2015:  Grammy Award nominated R&B singer Jhené Aiko and rising hip hop star Young Thug are confirmed to perform  at the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal (MAMA) 2015 on Saturday 18 July.

Jhene Aiko and Young Thug join global superstar NE-YO and African artists Bucie, Cassper Nyovest, Davido, Diamond Platnumz and Yemi Alade on stage at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa for the fifth edition of the MAMA.  Honouring contemporary artists and achievers from across the continent, MAMA 2015 is sponsored by the KwaZulu-Natal Province in association with Absolut Vodka and in partnership with The City of Durban.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, “We are delighted to welcome Jhené Aiko and Young Thug to MAMA 2015, continuing the proud tradition of combining Africa’s finest musicians with exciting international stars.”

Bruce Gillmer EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, Viacom International Media Networks, commented: There is great energy around both Jhene and Young Thug following a strong year for both artists. We can’t wait to see them command the MAMA stage in Durban.”

Talented singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko rose to prominence in the early 2000’s and has collaborated with the likes of Drake, Kanye West, Akon and David Guetta. Her debut album, Souled Out, was released in September 2014 to great critical acclaim. In 2015, Aiko received three nominations at the 57th Annual Grammy Award for her EP Sail Out and the tracks ‘’The Worst” and “Blak Majik”. “The Worst” subsequently took home the Centric Award at the 2014 BET Awards.

Young Thug, a.k.a Jeffrey Williams, will also be performing at the MAMA 2015. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the rapper is best known for his track “Stoner” and an eccentric, experimental style. He gained major recognition in 2014 with a string of successful singles including “About the Money” and “Lifestyle”, which reached 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Following collaborations with many other rappers, most notably Kanye West, in April 2015, Young Thug revealed that his long-awaited debut album is on the way, titled Hy!£UN35 (HiTunes).

Centered around the theme of “Evolution”, the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015 will honour the efforts and success of contemporary African artists and achievers across a range of music and lifestyle categories.

The MAMA 2015 will simulcast live across Africa on MTV Base (DStv channel 322), MTV (DStv channel 130) and BET (DStv channel 129) on Saturday 18 July at 21:00 CAT. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms including BET International from 18 July. In addition, a special MAMA-themed edition of MTV’s acclaimed World Stage franchise will air globally on MTV channels around the world on 27 August 2015.

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015, please go to www.mtvbase.com or http://mama.mtv.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2015.

DStv, Gagasi FM and Yfm are the official media partners of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015 KwaZulu-Natal.

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015, please go to www.mtvbase.com or http://mama.mtv.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2015.

Further Information,
For further information, high resolution imagery or downloadable video, please go to www.mtvbase.com/specials/mama15-press, or contact:

Alison Reid
Email: Alison.reid@vimn.com
Tel: +33 385 300636/ Cell: +33 (0) 609 685861

Diane Chidrawi
Email: diane@totalexposure.co.za
Tel: +27 (0) 11 788 8725

About MTV
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About KwaZulu-Natal
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 six African market companies to proudly fly the flag of the Pernod Ricard Group. The French-based Pernod Ricard Group is the world co-leader of the wine and spirits industry, delivering on leading premium brands such as Chivas Regal, Jameson Whiskey, ABSOLUT vodka and G.H.Mumm Champagne.
Pernod Ricard South Africa was established in 1994, following the birth of South Africa’s democracy and the lifting of international trade sanctions. Over the past 20 years, it has grown significantly within the local market and still continues to thrive. Pernod Ricard South Africa is part of a network of 80 international market companies that promote both the Group’s international brands and manages local and regional brands like Red Heart Rum and Olmeca Tequila. With headquarters in Cape Town and regional offices across the country, the Pernod Ricard South Africa family employs more than 270 proud employees.
As the “creators of conviviality” and backed by sound business values and a belief in building lasting relationships, the respected Pernod Ricard tradition continues to be carried forward with vibrancy and passion by the men and women behind Pernod Ricard South Africa.

About Durban
Durban is a natural paradise situated on the East Coast of Africa, popularly known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate. Durban has recently achieved the global status of being a New 7 Wonders Cities of the World. This achievement is a great honour for the City of Durban and to be positioned amongst other leading global cities of the world, and proudly shows the commitment and competitive edge of our city as a leading Tourism, Events and Business Destination. The City has also been proudly acclaimed the Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2015 by New York Times, with key attributes reflecting on the rich cultural diversity and heritage of the city. The City is a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, speckled with adventure activities, blessed with natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city. As a visitor, you are faced with the perfect ingredients to make your holiday unique and special. We invite you to enjoy this special natural paradise, take advantage of the warm Indian Ocean, enjoy the world-class shopping, fine dining restaurants, unique culture, vibrant eKasi lifestyle and be charmed by the warmest place to be.

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