The winners for the 2006 Channel O Spirit of Africa Music Video Awards, presented by Amarula, were announced at a glittering ceremony held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand last night.
Channel 0 is DStv’s dedicated African music channel. South African artist Zola received the Special Recognition Award for his role in the upliftment of youth on the continent; most notably the work that he has done as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador in East Africa.
Nigeria shone at the wards with Mode 9 (featuring Nnena) taking home three awards, followed by 2Face with two awards.
The show was hosted by comedian David Kau, assisted by Channel O VJ’s. Top bands including Arthur, Freshlyground, HHP, Ntando, Mzekezeke, Longombas, Mista Doe and Gal Level treated the crowd to vibrant performances.
The winners reflect the diversity of the Channel O audience and Yolisa Phahle, Channel O General Manager was happy about the final list of winners: “There really are no losers when it comes to the outstanding talent that has made these awards possible. To the winners of each category I say thank you for your music, it makes a difference to our lives. Music has that power. At the end of the day it’s the viewers that have had the final say,” she says.
The Best Female award went to the Mozambican Lizha James, while a€˜the masked one from Nigeria’ a€” Lagbaja, took home the Best Male Video. On the SA front, Brickz scooped the Best Kwaito category, while Zamajobe walked away with the Best Urban Jazz award. The Best African DJ award was taken by DJ Fresh.
The show will be screened on Channel O on Sunnday, 22 October at 20:00.
The complete list of winners is:
Best Male Video: LAGBAJA – NEVER FAR AWAY
Best Female Video: LIZHA JAMES – FOR ALL YA
Best Newcomer: D’BANJ TONGOLO
Best Duo or Group: MALAIKA 2 BOB
Best Urban Jazz Video: ZAMA JOBE – NDAWO YAMI
Best Dance Video: DJ CLEO GOODBYE
Best African Pop: 2FACE – OLE
Best African Southern: MISTA DOE – HOT TO DEATH
Best African West: 2FACE IDIBIA – OLE
Best African East: JONNY RAGGA – GIVE ME THE KEY
Best African DJ: DJ FRESH
Best Hip Hop Video: MODE 9 – CRY
Best Reggae Video: LUCKY DUBE – RESPECT
Best R&B Video: DARE – ESCALADE
Best Kwaito Video: BRICKZ – TJOVITJO
Best Collabaration Video: DANNY K & MANDOZA – MUSIC
Best Director: MODE 9 NNENA – CRY
Best Special Effects: WEIRD MC – IJOYA
Video Of The Year: MODE 9 – CRY