The world-famous MTV Africa Music Awards is coming to South Africa this year, celebrating the best and most successful  musicians on the continent. In October, Johannesburg will host the many celebrities flocking to SA to be a part of this momentous occasion in African music.

image hostBrought to you by Joburg Tourism and in association with Absolute, the ceremony known as the MAMAs will take place at the Ticketpro Dome in North Riding, Johannesburg and will be broadcast live on DSTV Channel 322 on October 22nd.

The prestigious celebration of talent and accomplishment, 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.

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MAMA 2016 will celebrate African talent across 17 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Best Song and Best Collaboration by Absolut. The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognised in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Additional categories include the Africa Re-Imagined Award and Personality of the Year. The nominations for the awards will be revealed in September 2016.

Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director at Viacom International Media Networks Africa, commented: “We are thrilled that the MTV Africa Music Awards will be taking place in Johannesburg, City of Gold, for the first time on 22 October.  We are looking forward to staging the largest awards show in Africa, in one of the continent”s most vibrant cities.  Noted for its exciting youth culture and rich music scene, Joburg will make the perfect backdrop for our biggest MAMA ever."

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The awards will encompass two stunning Road to MAMA events to be held in Durban and Lagos, featuring MAMA nominees and superstar DJs. Another much-anticipated element of MAMA 2016 will be a music industry workshop for aspiring musicians held on the day before the awards (21 October).

The MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 will broadcast live on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Saturday 22 October at 21:00 CAT. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms from October onwards, while MTV channels around the world will broadcast a one-hour MAMA-themed MTV World Stage.

Visit mama.mtv.com for more details.