Ghanaian Hip Life shinning star, MOBO Award winning artist and multiple Ghana Music Awards winner, Samini real name Emmanuel Amid Samini has won the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAS) for Best Performer.
Acts from different musical genres and backgrounds drawn from African and other parts of the world came together to light up the stage. The craziest collaboration was between multiplatinum Haitian-American musician and producer Wyclef Jean, Samini from Ghana and Nameless from Kenya.
The International trio paid tribute to late Africa reggae icon Lucky Dube during their performance. The second edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards took place over the weekend on Saturday 10th October 2009 at the Indoor Arena, Moi International Sports Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.
The show, hosted by hip hop legend Wyclef Jean, and which featured performances by Lira, M.I., Samini, Wahu and Wyclef himself, aired to a potential TV audience of 1 billion viewers around the world, via African pay-TV channel MTV base (DStv Channel 322), MTV partner networks around the world and African terrestrial channels including RTGA (Democratic Republic of the Congo), TV3 (Ghana), CTV (Kenya), AIT (Nigeria), STV (Nigeria), TBC 1 (Tanzania), ZNBC (Zambia) and WBS (Uganda.
Wyclef and Akon did a tribute to the late Michael Jackson.In a telephone interview with peacefmonline, Samini expressed delight and joy at winning the award. As the only Ghanaian who was nominated for an award this year, Samini stressed that he “took the award on behalf of all Ghanaians.”
“My special thanks go to all Ghanaians and my fans all over Africa for voting for me to win yet another award,” he added. Samini also disclosed exclusively to peacefmonline that, he will be arriving at the Kotoka International Airport from Nairobi, Kenya, at exactly 12:10pm this afternoon. He urged all his Ghanaian fans to meet him at the airport, where he will unveil the plaque awarded to him and also grant his fans a photo opportunity.
“Let’s meet and celebrate the victory together as Ghanaians and fly the Red, Gold and Green flag high,” he stated. Samini, was nominated for an award in the same category in last year’s maiden edition held in Nigeria, which was won by Jozi, from South Africa. This year’s other contenders for the best performer category were: P-Square (Nigeria), D’Banj (Nigeria), Nameless (Kenya) and Blu3 (Uganda).
Nigeria's D'Banj emerged as Artiste of the Year for the second year running at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs).
Below is the full list of winners for MAMAs 2009:
Best New Act
Best Hip Hop
Artist of The Year
Zebra & Giraffe (South Africa)
HHP – Mpitse (South Africa)
Best Listener’s Choice
Nameless – Sunshine (Kenya)
Source: Eugene Osafo-Nkansah/ peacefmonline
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