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Wednesday, 14 September 2016



“Road to MAMA – LAGOS 2016” hits Hard Rock Cafe, 2 October 


Lagos, 14 September 2016: With just six weeks to go until the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 (MAMA), a dazzling line-up of artists is set to headline Lagos’s annual Road to MAMA party, taking place this year at the Hard Rock Cafe, Lagos on Sunday 2 October.



The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 are brought to you by Joburg Tourism in partnership with Absolut Vodka and Google, and in association with DStv and MTN.

Headlining the gig is reggae-dancehall star Patoranking, who wowed Durban music fans at last year’s spectacular ceremony and took home the award for MAMA Best New Act at the 2015 MAMA. He’ll be joined by Hip Hop freshman Nasty C who’s – set to heat up the MAMA main stage in Johannesburg - and fast-rising Hip Hop star Ycee, who’s also been confirmed to perform at the show.

More Nigerian Hip Hop artistry will be showcased by prolific rapper Skales, while Runtown will be showing off his R&B/reggae moves. Rising Afro-Pop/Highlife newcomer Koker and award-winning “Love don’t Care” songbird Simi complete the line-up.

There will be added excitement at this year’s gig, as MTV Base (DStv channel 322 & GOtv channel 72) will be revealing nominees in 7 different MAMA categories, including Best Female, Video of the Year and Artist of the Year.

Rounding out the evening with some hot deck action will be DJs Xclusive, Humility, Kaywise, Hazan and Ttb.

Tickets for Road to MAMA – Lagos will be available at the Hard Rock Café, Lagos. Doors open at 21:00 WAT.  Over 18s only.

Highlights of Road to MAMA – Lagos will air on MTV Base (DStv channel 322 & GOtv channel 72) in October 2016.

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016, please go to www.mtvbase.com or www.mtv.co.za, like us on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram@MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag#MTVMAMA2016.


About the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016
The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 (MAMA) will take place at The Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday 22 October 2016.

Highlighting the “gold standard” in contemporary music, creativity and achievement, MAMA 2016 promises to be the biggest and best ever, with more than 15,000 fans expected to fill out the Ticketpro Dome for the joyous celebration.  Tickets for the awards are on sale now priced ZAR 250 (standing only) via www.ticketpros.co.za, and at Ticketpro retail outlets or dealers. 

The definitive annual celebration of African and international talent and achievement, 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.  MAMA 2016 will celebrate African talent across 18 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Listener’s Choice and Best Group. 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 two parts: on 21 September in Johannesburg, and in Lagos on 2 October.

First staged in 2008, the MTV Africa Music Awards has recognised the talent of musicians, achievers and personalities from across Africa, rewarding iconic artists and gamechangers such as 2Face Idibia, Big Nuz, Davido, D’Banj, Flavour, Gangs of Ballet, HHP, Fally Ipupa, Liquideep, Mafikizolo, Lira, Nameless, Lupita Nyong’o, Clarence Peters, Diamond Platnumz, Anselmo Ralph, Sarkodie, P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Cabo Snoop, Toofan, Trevor Noah, Zebra & Giraffe, Uhuru, Wahu, Yemi Alade, and many more.

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. 

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