Parade of stars as MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain holds tomorrow updated: Friday 21-11-2008 AFTER weeks of preparation, the maiden edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain (MAMAs) will come up tomorrow, Saturday, November 22, 2008, at the Velodrome, Abuja. Featuring an array of local and international music stars, among whom are one of Americas finest rappers, Nasir Oludara Jones, popularly known as Nas. According to Zains Chief Marketing Officer, Norman Moyo, other artistes who have confirmed participation at the awards include Kelly Rowland, The Game, Florider, Cassette, HHP, Jozi, Samini, Juacali, Naeto C, Asa, 9ice, Ikechukwu, 2face, P-Square and Dbanj. The Awards will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322, GTV Channel 40), partner networks and terrestrial television channels such as AIT (Nigeria), STV (Nigeria), RTGA (Democratic Republic of the Congo), TV3 (Ghana), NTV (Kenya), TBC (Tanzania) and WBS (Uganda), from November 29, 2008. Moyo said the idea of bringing an array of international stars to the awards demonstrates Zains willingness to always explore opportunities that will allow for cross-cultural musical experiences, adding that being the brand most associated with music in Africa, the company would continue to contribute immensely to the development of music on the continent. Meanwhile, there is unmatched excitement in the musical/entertainment circle as fun-loving Nigerians look forward to the forthcoming MTV Africa Music Awards with the international telecommunications giant, Zain (MAMAs). There are indications that the Awards, the first of its kind in Nigeria, will be attended by Nigerians from all walks of life. In addition, senior officials at the different levels of government have indicated their desire to be part of the event. Investigations in Abuja revealed that most of the top class hotels in the city are already fully-booked by individuals and organisations desirous of attending the event. The rush to get tickets for the awards has also reached a feverish and unprecedented level. For most entertainment personalities spoken to, the awards is a must attend event. MAMA tickets are sold in Lagos at The Silverbird Galleria and Planet One and in Abuja at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, and the Mediterranean Entertainment Centre. According to a sales agent at the The Silverbird Galleria, there have been great demand for the tickets. People are really excited about the awards and I doubt if we will be able to meet the demand for tickets because we have just very few left. The nominees at a glance BEST FEMALE Wahu (Kenya) Asa (Nigeria) Dama Do Bling (Mozambique) Sasha (Nigeria) Zonke (South Africa) BEST MALE Jua Cali (Kenya) 2Face (Nigeria) DBanj (Nigeria) DJ Cleo (South Africa) HHP (South Africa) BEST LIVE PERFORMER Samini (Ghana) DBanj (Nigeria) P-Square (Nigeria) Cassette (South Africa) Jozi (South Africa) BEST GROUP P-Square (Nigeria) Freshly Ground (South Africa) Jozi (South Africa) The Parlotones (South Africa) East African Bashment Crew (Uganda) BEST ALTERNATIVE Buraka Som Sistema (Portugal) Goldfish (South Africa) Seether (South Africa) The Parlotones (South Africa) Coldplay (UK) BEST HIP-HOP 9ice (Nigeria) HHP (South Africa) Professor Jay (Tanzania) Lil Wayne (USA) The Game (USA BEST R&B P-Square (Nigeria) Akon (Senegal / USA) Loyiso (South Africa) Alicia Keys (USA) Rihanna (USA) ARTIST OF THE YEAR Asa (Nigeria) DBanj (Nigeria) P-Square (Nigeria) HHP (South Africa) Seether (South Africa) BEST NEW ACT Kwaw Kese (Ghana) Wahu (Kenya) 9ice (Nigeria) Naeto C (Nigeria) Da L.E.S. (South Africa) BEST VIDEO Movaizhaleine (Gabon) Nous Ikechukwu (Nigeria) Wind Am Well P-Square (Nigeria) Roll It Freshlyground (South Africa) Pot Belly Pro Kid (South Africa) Uthini Ngo Pro. Source: tribune.com.ng -------------------------------------------- Check majirani watani zetu jinsi walivyo na wawakilishi wengi.... Wabongo MMOJA pamoja na minjonjo yote ya bongoflava.... daah. Tutafika tu... SteveD.