MTV Africa Music Awards to be Held On Nelson Mandela's Birthday

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A group of American and South African students, aged from 11 to 19, met with Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, on 2 June 2009.

The fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) has been slated to run on Nelson Mandela’s birthday, July 18, in South Africa’s Durban International Convention Center, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa  announced Thursday.

The MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal, which are produced in association with Absolut and in partnership with the city of Durban, are one of MTV’s biggest international events and have been marketed as “the definitive celebration of African contemporary talent, honoring musicians, achievers and personalities from across the continent” since the first show in 2008.

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“We are thrilled that the MTV Africa Music Awards will be returning to Durban and KwaZulu-Natal on 18 July, a date famous for being the birthday of Nelson Mandela -- what better day could there be for staging this awe-inspiring celebration of African achievement and creativity that showcases Africa’s best talent on the world stage,” said Alex Okosi, senior vice president and managing director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa.

A-list talent like Wyclef Jean, Eve, Marlon Wayans and Trevor Nelson have hosted previous editions of the MAMA, which have featured performances from African contemporary artists including 2face Idibia, Sarkodie, Big Nuz, Davido, D’banj, Fally Ipupa, and Wahu, as well as international stars like Miguel, Trey Songz, French Montana, Public Enemy, Akon and T-Pain.

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The 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards will broadcast live on MTV Base (DStv Ch 322) and MTV (DStv Ch 130) on Saturday, July 18, and fans around the globe can also catch the show on MTV through MTV World Stage.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.


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