The red carpet was rolled out to honor and support music videos and music video production from the African continent at this year’s Channel O Music Video Awards, held last Friday at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre.
At the ceremony, which featured a host of live performances by artists from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia, and Uganda, 14 Channel O statuettes were handed out to winners chosen by Channel O audiences.
The big winner on the night was local muso Zakes Bantwini, who scooped the coveted Most Gifted Video Award for his music video Wasting My Time.
Homegrown house music duo Liquid Deep walked away with two awards in the Most Gifted African Southern Video and Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring Video categories. The latter award was shared with Hip Hop heavy weights HHP and Tear Gas.
Other South African videos presented with accolades included AKA’s Victory Lap, Theo’s Ukhona and Lira’s Phakade. The trio beat stiff competition in the Most Gifted Hip Hop Video, Most Gifted Afro Pop Video and Most Gifted Female Video categories respectively.
The lavish awards show, also known as Spirit of Africa Music Video Awards, was hosted by South African presenter Dineo Moeketsi and Nigerian R & B singer Bank W.
Here is the full list of winners
- Most Gifted Dance Video Artist: Darey – Ba Ni Ki Di
- Most Gifted African East Video Artist: Radio and Weseal, Keko – How We Do It (Remix)
- Most Gifted Hip Hop Video Artist: AKA – Victory Lap
- Most Gifted African West Video Artist: Naeto C – 10 Over 10
- Most Gifted Afro Pop: Theo – Ukhona
- Most gifted ragga dancehall video: Samini Dadiekye
- Most Gifted Kwaito Video Artist: The Dogg – This Is My Time
- Most Gifted R&B Video Artist: Banky W. ft. M.I. – Feeling It
- Most Gifted African Southern Video Artist: Liquideep – Settle For Less
- Most Gifted Newcomer Video Artist: Ice Prince ft BrymO – Oleku
- Most Gifted Male Video Artist: D’Banj ft. Snoop Dogg – Mr Endowed (Remix)
- Most Gifted Female Video: Lira – Phakade
- Most Gifted Video Of The Year Artist: Zakes Bantwini – Wasting My Time
- Special Recognition Award: D’Banj
Report by Simba Nyamukachi.