Diamond Platnumz, Dbanj, Iyanya, Phyno, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, Others Light Up Lagos for Road to MAMA Concert

REEKADO AND KOREDE BELLO
With the MTV Africa Music Awards only two weeks away, MTV Base hosted nominees, guests, colleagues and music lovers to a night of fun at the Road To MAMA concert which held yesterday at the Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Hosted by MTV VJs, Ehiz and Stephanie, the event kicked off with a press conference with Senior Vice President, Viacom Africa, Alex Okosi, Senior Brand Manager, Pernod Ricard Nigeria, Adebola Williams and some of this year’s nominees including Phyno, Lil Kesh, Iyanya, Yemi Alade, Patoranking and Tanzanian singer, Diamond Platnumz.

While fielding questions from the media, Okosi stated that the core behind the MAMA awards was to bring attention to the pool of creative talents in Africa. He said, ‘In the ten years that we have been around, I think we have done a lot of great stuff. Our artistes are now known around the world and MTV Base is a catalyst to that. It’s why we have always had international collaborations with African artistes. Every single international artiste that has participated with MTV or MAMA awards whether Akon, Wyclef, Rick Ross, T- Pain has had to collaborate with African acts. That’s what we do, we don’t bring them here just to come and play, we put them on the same platform for the world to see them and see our artiste as well and that is what MAMA is really about’.
 
The nominees spoke passionately about their career aspirations and their expectations at the awards come July 18, in Durban, South Africa. An excited Yemi Alade expressed appreciation to the organisers of the nomination saying, ‘For me, being a nominee is as good as winning the category and I am very grateful for the opportunity’. The conference later snowballed into a party with exciting performances from some of Nigeria’s biggest music acts like Iyanya, Phyno, Yemi Alade, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks, Phyno, Lil Kesh. Guests also enjoyed a surprise performance from MI who joined Patoranking on stage to perform their hit track, ‘Enemies’. 
 
On ground to heighten the fun with exciting mixes were legendary DJ Jimmy JATT, DJ Xclusive, DJ Caise and MAVIN Records DJ Big N with top celebrities including Tanzanian artiste, Vanessa MDee, Cobhams, Sound Sultan, Timi Dakolo, D’banj, Jesse Jagz, Falz The BahdGuy, BlackMagic, OC Ukeje, among many others in attendance. 
 
Other guests present were Mr Nigeria Emmanuel Ikubese, Olisa Adibua, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Jimmie, Shina Peller, Steve and Yetunde Babaeko, Chris Ubosi, Fade, Yvonne Vixen Ekwere among many others.


The Road To MAMA concert is a series of party held at different cities across the continent in the build up to the MAMA awards holding in Durban, South Africa on Saturday, July 18, 2015. It features contemporary artists and music making waves across the continent. Previous editions have visited Durban, South Africa and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Meanwhile, voting for the nominees continues via the website, www.mtvbase.com. The MTV Africa Music Awards will premiere live across Africa on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 20:00 WAT/21:00 CAT on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130), and subsequently broadcast around the world to half a billion music fans worldwide on MTV and affiliate channels.

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards, please go www.mtvbase.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow us on Twitter @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA.

ALEX OKOSI AND YEMI ALADE ALEX OKOSI BLACK MAGIC BUKI AND SHOLZ CEO DANCER DBANJ AND ALISA ADIBUA DBANJ, ALEX OKOSI, OLISA ADIBUA DBANJ DIAMOND PLATNUMZ DJ CAISE DJ EXCLUSIVE DJ JIMMY JATT DO2UN DOROTHY DOTUN COOL FM DOTUN, COBHAMS AND TIMI DAKOLO EFA EHIZ EHIZ1 EMMANUEL IKUBESE EVA ALODIAH FALZ FOLA GREG AND CHIOMA GREG HARRYSONG HEAD MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS, COLETTE OTUSHESO HOSTESS INNOCENT OBOH ISIME ESENE IYANYA AND PATO IYANYA PERFORMING JESSE JAGZ JIMMIE KEMI SMALLZ KOREDE BELLO ON STAGE KOREDE BELLO LIL KESH MAVINS DJ MI PERFORMING MILLI NINIOLA NOBLE IGWE OBI MARTINS OC UKEJE AND YVONNE EKWERE OC UKEJE OLISA ADIBUA AND COLETTE OTUSHESO OLISA ADIBUA OLISA, CHIOMA, COLETTE OLUMIDE ONOS PARTY TIME PARTYY PATORANKING PERFORMANCE PEACE HYDE PHYNO ON STAGE PHYNOO  REEKADO BANKS REEKADO ON STAGE SEUN ORIATOKHI SOUND SULTAN AND YUNG GREY C SOUND SULTAN STEPHANIE COKER STEVE AND YETUNDE BABAEKO STEVE BABAEKO, YAW STEVE BABAEKO YEMI ALADE PERFORMING YEMI ALADE, PATO, LIL KESH, DIAMOND PLATNUMZ YETUNDE BABAEKO YUNG GREY C YVONNE EKWERE
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