Fasten your seatbelts because MTV and Airtel (Zain) are set to raise the bar with Banky W, Fally Ipupa, Teargas and Daddy Owen each of whom will be taking turns to entertain guests at the upcoming MTV Africa Music Awards. These artistes are the first performers to be unveiled for the 2010 edition of the event, scheduled to hold on Saturday, 11 December 2010 at the Eko EXPO Hall, Lagos, Nigeria.
R&B act, Banky W is the first Nigerian artiste booked to perform at this year’s awards, while South Africa’s Teargas will be representing South Africa at the event. Kenya’s Daddy Owen will make his mark as the first ever Gospel singer to perform at the MAMA highlighting that unique vibe that shot him to mainstream. Congolese star, Fally Ipupa makes his second appearance at MAMA, after his exciting collaboration with Mozambique’s Lizha James and Uganda’s Blu3 at the second edition, held in Kenya (2009).
According to Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & MD, MTV Networks Africa, “Banky W, Teargas, Fally Ipupa and Daddy Owen are all thrilling performers that epitomize the awesome spirit and passion of contemporary African music. Their involvement in this year’s MAMA is sure to guarantee the most creative, inspiring and exciting edition so far.”
Speaking with us, Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer, Airtel Africa said “Music in all its genre and origin strikes a chord with our continent as it provides a platform to express ourselves at each turn in our daily lives. The choice of the performers at the 2010 edition shows an excellent choice of musicians with wide appeal around the continent.”
Reacting to this, Banky said, “It honestly feels great. I’m honoured to be chosen to perform at this year’s MAMA’s. It’s a huge platform as is possible on this side of the world and I’m privileged to be able to grace the same stage as other incredible artistes from across our great continent of Africa. It’s extra special for me because it’s my first time and it’s my very own city of Lagos. I couldn’t dream up a better crowd to perform in front of. I always try to give 120% on stage everytime and considering the occasion, I’m going to work extra hard to make sure they love every second of it, by God’s grace”.
In a chat with K.O of Teargas, he said, “We are truly honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to perform at one of Africa’s biggest ceremonies and to reach our fans in the rest of Africa, and the world. We would be lying if we were not a little nervous about being told that more than one billion people might be watching! We’re interested to see which other great African artistes we’ll be collaborating with”.
Banky W real name Olubankole Wellington a.k.a Mr Capable has proved his capability in a short time – from his vocal prowess, writing, production skills, stage showmanship and dance skills. He was born in the United States to Nigerian parents (Dad from Lagos State and Mum from Cross River State) then brought to Nigeria, at the age of five. He later returned to the United States to study, work and start a music career. He relocated back to Nigeria in 2007. His exposure to Nigerian and African music explains the dynamism that reflects in his style and delivery. He broke into Nigeria’s local music scene with his single, titled “Ebute Meta”, an interpolation of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” in 2007. The song was followed by ID Cabasa’s remix of his earlier released single “Mr Capable” which also pushed his debut album – ‘Mr Capable’. With songs like “Strong Ting”, “Tanker” and “Lagos Party”, his second album ‘W Experience’ still seats comfortably on top lists across Nigeria and the continent. Banky is also a multiple award winner counting from Hip Hop World Awards, SMVA, Future Awards and so on.
Teargas is one of South Africa’s prominent Hip Hop group, made up of Ntokozo “K.O.” Mdluli and brothers, Ezee “Ma-E” and Bantu “Ntukza” Hanabe. Their debut album, ‘K’shubile K’bovu’, released five years ago, brought them instant plaudit which has been sustained through their second and third album titled “Dark Or Blue” released in 2009. The album brags of hit singles like “Go Away”, “Party 101” and “Mhlobo Wami”. They also won the Best Rap Album award at the 2010 South African Music Awards.
Daddy Owen is the self-appointed creator of “Kapungala“- a jubilant mash-up of Gospel with Kenyan genres Kapuka and Lingala. He is already enjoying 2010 gaining massive rotation with hit tracks “Tobina” and “Kiriro”. He made major headlines following his awards including Male Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year (“System ya Kapungala”), Video of the Year (“Kiriro”), Central Song of the Year and Collabo of the Year (“Kiriro” – Daddy Owen ft Allan Aaron & Kerah) at the 2010 Groove Awards and East Africa’s annual celebration of Gospel music.
Fally Ipupa, a.k.a “Dicap La Merveille” meaning DiCaprio the marvellous, is riding high as one of The Democratic Republic Of The Congo’s most successful music exports. A silky-smooth voice, amazing song writing skill and an awesome personality are the elements that have made Ipupa an astounding act in Africa and on the international music scene. His blend of Soukous, Ndombolo, Pop and R&B has endeared him to countless fans across the continent.
Known for its awe-inspiring staging, exhilarating music and gripping musical collaborations, the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain was created in 2008 to recognise and reward Africa’s finest talents. Past winners include Amani (BEST FEMALE 2009), Nameless (BEST MALE/LISTENER’S CHOICE 2009), Samini (BEST PERFORMER 2009), P Square (BEST GROUP 2009), Zebra & Giraffe (BEST ALTERNATIVE ACT 2009), M.I. (BEST HIP HOP/BEST NEW ACT 2009), 2FACE (BEST R&B), D’BANJ (ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2008/2009), HHP (BEST VIDEO 2009) and LUCKY DUBE (MAMA LEGEND 2009).