WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards

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WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards
Awarded forAfrican Music Videos
Presented byWatsUp TV
First awarded2016
Website WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards

WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards (commonly abbreviated as a WAMVA) is an award [1] presented by the TV channel WatsUp TV to honor the best in the African music videos scene.

WatsUp TV started as a single TV Show, and is currently a continental entertainment series of TV shows made for the Pan African Bilingual community and shown on various television channels founded by Abd Traore. It was ranked the 9th most influential program on social media in Ghana in 2014, the 2nd most influential TV program in on social media in Ghana in 2015, and the most influential program on social media in Ghana in 2016.

Africa The second largest and second most-populous continent, mostly in the Northern and Eastern Hemispheres

Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent, being behind Asia in both categories. At about 30.3 million km2 including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognised sovereign states (countries), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition. The majority of the continent and its countries are in the Northern Hemisphere, with a substantial portion and number of countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

The award was launched in Accra, Ghana in September 2016 [2] coupled with the announcement of Nominees across 20 [3] categories.

WAMVA will be honoring Anglophone and the Francophone artists from the Africa music video medium. [4]

English language West Germanic language

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and eventually became a global lingua franca. It is named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to the area of Great Britain that later took their name, as England. Both names derive from Anglia, a peninsula in the Baltic Sea. The language is closely related to Frisian and Low Saxon, and its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, particularly Norse, and to a greater extent by Latin and French.

On 28 December, [5] winners of the maiden edition were announced [6] in Accra ahead of a Made in Africa concert to be hosted in 2017 which will feature all winners. [7]


Winners [8]

Diamond Platnumz Tanzanian artist

Nasibu Abdul Juma, popularly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz, is a Tanzanian bongo flava recording artist and dancer from Tanzania. He has had several hit songs including "Number One" which he featured Nigerian artist Davido. Diamond won numerous awards at Channel O and the HiPipo Music Awards. He performed at the Big Brother Africa 7 eviction show in May 2012. Diamond is considered influential among his fans, and is said to be the most loved and decorated East and Central African artist at the moment. He is believed to be the highest selling Tanzanian artist of ringtones by mobile phone companies in 2013, as well as being among the artists earning the highest income in the African Great Lakes region's music industry.

P-Square Nigerian rhythms and blues duo

P-Square were a Nigerian R&B duo of identical twin brothers Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye. They produced and released their albums through Square Records. In December 2011, they signed a record deal with Akon's Konvict Muzik label. In May 2012, they signed a record distribution deal with Universal Music's South African branch. On 25 September 2017, numerous media outlets reported that the group disbanded. Reports about a breakup surfaced after Peter reportedly sent a termination letter to the group's lawyer. Prior to this report, the duo disbanded in 2016, supposedly over a disagreement about the role of their manager.

Tanzania Country in Africa

Tanzania officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a country in eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It borders Uganda to the north; Kenya to the northeast; Comoro Islands at the Indian Ocean to the east; Mozambique and Malawi to the south; Zambia to the southwest; and Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is in north-eastern Tanzania.

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Limbani Kalilani is a Malawian hip hop artist better known by his stage name Tay Grin. In 2009 Tay Grin founded an Entertainment & Event Promotion company, which helps to promote events across Malawi. The company is known as Black Rhyno Entertainment.In 2014, Grin won a Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts (BEFFTA) award for Best International African Act. In 2016, he won the BEFFTA Star Award in the music category. He has performed at the annual Lake of Stars Music Festival. He also won the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards Best Traditional Video award, with the Video Chipapapa featuring 2baba. He has also won numerous local awards like the Nyasa Music awards and the Urban Music People (UMP) in categories such as best live act, best video and best Male artist. In 2018, he won the UMP Fashion awards for Most Fashionable Celebrity.

Emmanuel Mkono, known by his stage name Nahreel, is a Tanzanian award winner record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of The Industry Studios. Nahreel is a co-founder and member of the music group Navy Kenzo. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers and singers, including Joh Makini, Diamond Platnumz, Nikki wa pili, Navy Kenzo, Izzo Biznes, Gnako, K.O, Roma Shrekeezy. He is credited as a key figure in the popularization of English rap in Tanzania.

Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., is a Ghanaian-born producer and reggae-dancehall musician. He is known by his stage name Shatta Wale, formerly Bandana. His best known song is "Dancehall King", which led to winning the Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards. Wale is also an actor, having appeared in the films Never Say Never,The trial of Shatta Wale and Shattered Lives.

Yemi Alade Nigerian singer

Yemi Eberechi Alade, simply known as Yemi Alade, is a Nigerian Afropop singer and songwriter. She gained prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009, and is best known for her hit single "Johnny".

Ali Kiba Tanzanian singer-songwriter

Ali Saleh Kiba, better known by his stage name Ali Kiba, is a Tanzanian recording artist, and singer-songwriter. In 2017 he became the director of Rockstar4000. On 20 May 2016, he signed a deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

Micheal Owusu known as DJ Mic Smith is an event, club, radio, mixtape and artist DJ and also an entrepreneur from the republic of Ghana.

Mr Eazi Nigerian musician

Oluwatosin Ajibade, better known by his stage name Mr Eazi, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is the pioneer of Banku music, a fusion sound he describes as a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns. Mr Eazi relocated to Kumasi in 2008 and enrolled at KNUST, where he began booking artists to perform at college parties. He showed interest in music after recording a guest verse on "My Life", a song that gained traction and became a popular record at KNUST. Mr Eazi released his debut mixtape About to Blow in July 2013. He gained an international audience following the release of the Efya-assisted single "Skin Tight". His second mixtape Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos was released on 10 February 2017. In March 2018, several outlets reported that Mr Eazi signed a record deal with Diplo's label Mad Decent. Mr Eazi signed a licensing deal with Universal Africa, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.

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Abd Traore is a Guinean entertainment entrepreneur and television executive who is founder and CEO of WatsUp TV, WatsUp Magazine, 369 Live and Shob Group.

Harmonize (musician) Tanzanian musician, songwriter and dancer

Rajab Abdul Kahali is a Tanzanian musician, songwriter and dancer who goes by the stage name Harmonize. He was born in Mtwara, Tanzania. He records for music label WCB Wasafi Record, which is under Diamond Platnumz leadership. He is well known for his hit song "kwa ngwaru", featuring Diamond Platnumz. He featured Rich Mavoko on his song "Show Me". He was included in MTV Base's "Ones to Watch for 2017" in Africa.

Kojo Manuel

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William Osafo, known professionally as WillisBeatz, is a Ghanaian-born sound engineer, record producer and DJ from Takoradi. He is best known for producing Shatta Wale's hit singles "Taking Over","Forgetti","Sponsor" by Ebony Reigns and "Osey" by Nero X. WillisBeatz was nominated in the " Best Music Producer of the Year" category at the 2017 Ghana Entertainment Awards (USA).

Benjamin Garzy Mensah, professionally known as Mix Master Garzy, is a Ghanaian record producer, sound engineer, disc jockey and singer.

Francesca Duncan Williams is a Ghanaian-born British Indie rock, Alternative rock, highlife and afrobeat artist. She gained recognition following the release of her single "Jeje", which features dancehall artist Shatta Wale and Afezi Perry. She released her official debut single titled "Kro Kro No". This was followed by the singles "YiWani" and "Kofi".

M.O.G Beatz

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