Popular South African duo Liquideep, made up of singer/songwriter/producer Ziyon and DJ/producer Ryzor, has landed themselves two nominations for the 2011 Channel O Music Awards - Most Gifted Video of the Year and Most Gifted African Southern Video – both for the track “Settle For Less”. Most Gifted African Southern Video sees Liquideep running against Cabo Snoop (Angola), Khuli Chana featuring JR (South Africa), C.R.I.S.I.S. (Zambia), and L-Tido featuring K.O. (South Africa).
One of the strongest bids must come from Ugandan artist, Navio whose “Keep Moving” is up for Most Gifted Video of the Year as well as Most Gifted Male Video and Most Gifted Hip Hop Video. Also making a play for attention is hotshot South African artist Zakes Bantwini whose “Wasting My Time” clip has earned him a nod in the Most Gifted Video of the Year category as well as Most Gifted Male Video. The Durban-based artist is up against one of Africa’s undisputed heavyweights in both categories in the form of Nigeria’s D’Banj with his “Mr Endowed (Remix)’ featuring Snoop Dogg.
South African newcomer, AKA also has a strong showing in this year’s Channel O Music Video Awards: he’s up for Most Gifted Hip Hop Video, Most Gifted Video of the Year as well as Most Gifted Newcomer for his hit “Victory Lap”. In the Most Gifted Newcomer category, AKA is vying for the title in a field that includes Nigeria’s Wizkid, Uganda’s Keko, Nigeria’s Ice Prince, Zambia’s Zone Fam and South Africa’s Kwesta in one of the most exciting categories at this year’s event. Most Gifted Hip Hop Video meanwhile has AKA toughing it out against Jesse Jagz featuring M.I. and Ice Prince (Nigeria), Proverb featuring Lungelo (South Africa), Navio (Uganda) and Collo (Kenya).
In a music scene dominated by male artists, Lira (South Africa) and STL (Kenya) have made an impact over the past year – and it shows in their double nominations in the Most Gifted Video of the Year and Most Gifted Female Video categories. Lira is up for the video “Phakade” and STL’s “Lookie Lookie” has her in contention in both these categories, as well as Most Gifted Dance Video. Also making a splash over the past year on Channel O is Samklef’s “Molowo Noni” featuring Wizkid, D’Prince and Ice Prince. The video from the Nigerian and his collaborators is in the running for Most Gifted Video of the Year.
Samklef’s “Molowo Noni” has also earned a nomination in the Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring Video category. Other videos vying for this hotly contested category are Jozi’s “Electric Avenue” (SA), Angolan Paul G featuring Akon’s “Bang It”, Tanzania’s AY featuring Ms Triniti’s “Good Look”, Slikour (SA) featuring various artists’ “Dubula (Remix)” and HHP, Teargas and Liquideep’s “Born For This” (SA).
Voting for the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards opens today, Friday 19 August and closes midnight Thursday 27 October 2011. Visit www.channelo.tv to cast your votes via web or WAP.
* Channel O could not at the time of going live tell The Beat when the evening will be held nor who the presenters will be.