Prizes & Awards

Tiwa Savage through as finalist for MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021.

The votes are in for the first round of the Pan-African Listeners’ Choice category for MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 and the nominees have been announced. Twenty artists from 18 different African countries will now go head-to-head against one another as music fans across the continent put in their votes for their favourites. The winner will be revealed at the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 that will be hosted virtually in partnership with Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, on 20 February 2021. 

The Listeners’ Choice category gives music lovers across the continent the opportunity to have their voices heard. The majority of the list of finalists for this category was determined by votes on local radio stations and social media, selecting the best publicly-voted musicians from different African countries.  

“The MAMA is all about bringing the music to the people, celebrating the best that Africa has to offer and uniting us through African youth culture,” says Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager at ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA). “The Listeners’ Choice Award embodies this philosophy, as it ensures that the voices of music lovers across the diverse countries on the continent are recognised.” 

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The nominees for the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 Listeners’ Choice category are: 

Anna Joyce (Angola) 

ASAPH (Zimbabwe) 

Dagi D (Ethiopia) 

DBN Gogo & DJ Dinho (South Africa) 

Didi B (Cote D’Ivoire) 

Drizilik (Sierra Leone) 

Focalistic (South Africa) 

Khaligraph Jones (Kenya) 

Locko (Cameroon) 

Malome Vector (Lesotho) 

Meddy (Rwanda) 

Mohamed Ramadan (Egypt) 

Ngaaka Blindé (Senegal) 

Pallaso (Uganda) 

Rayvanny (Tanzania) 

Sarkodie (Ghana) 

Shirazee (Benin) 

Slick Stuart & DJ Roja (Uganda) 

Souhila Ben Lachhab (Algeria) 

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) 

The MAMA is brought to you in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa to recognize and reward musicians, trailblazers and those who are shining a light on the continent’s diverse talent and creativity by having a positive impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year. The MAMA also provides the opportunity to expand the African narrative by showcasing Uganda’s diversity, culture, talent, heritage and wildlife, to a global audience. 

The winner will be revealed at the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 that will be hosted virtually in partnership with Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, on 20 February 2021 at 20:00 WAT / 21:00 CAT / 22:00 EAT. 

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To support your country’s artists, please go to and vote for your favourite in the Listeners’ Choice category. Voting closes on 31 January 2021.   

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021, please go to, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards, please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2021 #VISITUGANDA.  


About MTV Base 

MTV Base is a 24-hour English language music television channel reaching 48.5 million African viewers in 10.5 million households in 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. MTV base is available across Africa on satellite (pay-TV) on DStv and GTV (pan-Africa) and on terrestrial television on partner stations Azam TV, Century Sun, SDTV (Century Sun / Startimes), TV3 (Ghana), NTV (Kenya), STV (Nigeria), NTA (Nigeria), Moreplex (Nigeria), Oyawatch (Nigeria) and SuperTV (Nigeria).  

Targeted at mass Pan-African youth, MTV base is MTV’s first bespoke channel for the African market and features the continent’s broadest mix of contemporary artists and music genres. Launched on 22 February 2005, MTV base combines African and international music genres relevant to young African viewers including Hip Hop, R’n’B, dancehall, kwaito, hip life, reggae, zouk, m’balax, Amapiano, Afrobeat and Gqom, celebrating the cultural vibrancy and creativity of African music and artists. 

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About Uganda 

Known as the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda offers some of the continent’s most diverse wildlife viewing, dramatic landscapes, and immersive cultural experiences and warm people and hospitality. Uganda is home to more than half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, and trekking to observe these gentle giants in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the world’s top bucket list travel activities. Safari opportunities abound in savanna, forest, and wetland settings throughout 10 national parks, where visitors can come face to face with “The Big Five + 2” – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, chimpanzee and mountain gorilla– as well as giraffe, zebra, hippopotamus, crocodile, and more than half of all bird species found in Africa. Among Uganda’s extraordinary natural attractions are the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains; expansive Lake Victoria, which forms the source of the Nile River; and Murchison Falls National Park. For more information, please visit;

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