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Africa’s musical greats gather for Channel O awards

Some of Africa's greatest musical talent gathered at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, on Saturday for one of the continent's renowned music awards ceremonies, the Channel O Africa Music Video awards.

Artists received awards based on public votes, except the special recognition award that was handed over to Nigerian R&B duo P-Square.

The twins, Peter and Paul Okoye, wowed the crowd inside the dome as they performed some of their most popular hits such as Alingo, Chop My Money and Personally.

The evening included performances by Cassper Nyovest featuring Okmalumkooklat, Burna Boy, The Soil, Buffalo Souljah, Wizkid, AKA featuring Da L.E.S. and Khuli Chana who made a dramatic entrance on a hospital bed before performing his latest single, Mnatebawen.

Rappers Naeto C, from Nigeria, and AKA hosted the awards show. The rapper also received the hip-hop video of the year award for his hit track, Jealousy.

Last year, Nigerian artists dominated the awards show but this time, it was the South African artists who came out on top.

The newcomer video award went to 2012 Idols SA winner Khaya Mthethwa for his first single Move, while female video of the year was awarded to Zonke for Feelings.

Botswana rapper Zeus was named the winner of the male video of the year for #DatsWasup, which features hip-hop stars AKA and Tumi.

The biggest award of the evening, video of the year – which featured 12 nominees – went to Nigerian rapper Wizkid for Azonto.

The list of winners:
Most Gifted Male Video: Zeus – #DatsWasup
Most Gifted Female Video: Zonke – Feelings
Most Gifted Newcomer Video: Khaya Mthethwa – Move
Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring Video: Zone Fam – Contolola
Most Gifted Dance Video: Mafikizolo – Khona
Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video: P Unit – You Guy (Dat Dendai)
Most Gifted Afro Pop Video: The Soil – Inkomo
Most Gifted Kwaito Video: Professor – Finger Prints
Most Gifted R&B Video: Banky W – Yes/No
Most Gifted Hip Hop Video: AKA – Jealousy
Most Gifted South Video: Oscar – Tsa Mandebele
Most Gifted African West Video: P-Square – Alingo
Most Gifted African East Video: P Unit – You Guy (Dat Dendai)
Most Gifted Video of the Year: Wizkid – Azonto

Repeats of the award show will air on Channel O on December 2 at 7pm and December 4 at 4pm.

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Rhode Marshall
Rhodé Marshall is the Mail & Guardians arts, culture and entertainment content producer. She started as a radio reporter and producer in Cape Town, before jumping into online news. When there is chaos, she is the responsible, cool and calm one. With one hand glued to her phone and the other to a can of Coca-Cola, she is a pop culture junkie. And dont you dare write her name without the accent on the e, she will make sure that you know how to do it on every device. Visit her blog: rhodemarshall.co.za

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