The nominees of the ninth annual Channel O Music Video Awards have been announced and we have fewer nominations compared to last year. Apart from Camp Mulla who have the most nominations from Kenya, there is Cannibal with Habida, Wyre and Madtraxx in the running for the top prizes.
The young urban group face worldwide hits such as D’danj’s Oliver Twist, among eight others, to emerge as Most Gifted Video of the Year with their video Fresh all Day.
Camp Mulla has also been nominated for Most Gifted Group. Their song Fresh All Day again faces an uphill task against Liquideep’s hit Still and the P-Square/Akon/May D collabo Chop My Money.
The third Camp Mulla nomination is Most Gifted Newcomer Video of the Year, with Party Don’t Stop going against Nigerian Davido’s Dami Duro among three other nominations.
And finally with their club banger Party Don’t Stop, the group will battle for Most Gifted East African Video of the Year against Keko and Madtraxx’s Make You Dance, AY and Sauti Soul’s I Don’t Want To Be Alone, K’Naan and Nas’ Nothing To Lose, and one more song.
The other Kenyans nominated include Habida featuring Cannibal with their song My Reason in the Most Gifted R&B Music Video of the year category. Wyre got the Most Gifted Reggae Video Of The Year, for the video of his new song Dancehall Party.
Spread across 14 categories, there are five nominees in most of the genres as well as regional categories and ten in the running for the Most Gifted Video of the Year title.
Solly Moeng, head of programming at Channel O said, “The quality of this year’s nominees is testament to the way music videos are playing an increasingly important role in the promotion of African music. Some of the nominees are newcomers and this proves that there is no barrier to making an impact on the African music scene.”
Fans will have their say by voting for their favourite music videos. This year’s awards ceremony will be held on November 17 at Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto, South Africa.