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The MOBO Awards: Best African Act and Why African artists should have more than one category

The MOBOs 2017 Best African Act Nominations are in!

Continuing on from last year I think 2017 has been another fairly successful year for Afrobeats commercially. We’ve seen the likes of Davido deliver two massive tracks with If and Fall, Wande Coal ride high off the success of last years Iskaba, Wizkid drop his major label debut (I want to write a post on how I really feel about SFTOS but I’m still in two minds about if I should post or not) release successful single Come Closer with Drake and become the first African artist to sell out the historical Royal Albert Hall. Mr Eazi became part of Apple Music’s Up Next campaign exposing new talent to the Mass Media and performing on The Late Show with James Corden and we received new bodies of work from Juls and Sarkodie to name a few.

With all that being said, the nominations for the MOBO Awards 2017 Best African Act have been announced and the top 10 are:

Davido

Mr Eazi 

Juls 

Wizkid

Wande Coal 

Tiwa Savage 

Maleek Berry 

Eugy 

Tekno 

Sarkodie  

I think I can agree with this list to some extent. I may have added Olamide, Burna Boy and Shatta Wale to the nominations as recognition however, I can totally understand this final selection. The votes are not open to the public this year and will instead be left to members of the best African Acts committee. The winner will be announced at the MOBO Awards on the 29th November at the First Direct Arena in Leeds U.K.

My personal opinion on this?

If we want to put it down to work rate this year.. I’m knocking it down to Davido, Sarkodie, Tekno, Juls, Maleek Berry & Mr Eazi. If we want to put it down to biggest hit in the past year.. That’s knocked down Wande Coal, Tekno, Maleek Berry, Davido, Mr Eazi and Wizkid. But if it comes down to what I expect to be which is a popularity showdown then it’s between WizKid & Davido. I would personally give it to Davido based on the two biggest Afrobeats tracks he’s released this year.

The thing about a best African act category is that it usually always comes down to who has the bigger fan base however the artist with a bigger fan base may not have had a big impact throughout that year if you get what I mean?. That’s why I always find these one off type of categories within black award shows (MOBOs and BET for example) kind of hazy. There’s no denying that Wizkid is the biggest artist out of the continent of Africa right now and although he has had a very successful year I wouldn’t say singles wise it was stronger than Davidos. I personally wouldn’t say Come Closer was a bigger track than If, FallIskaba or even Tekno’s Yawa (can be debated) however, as an international artist Wiz has a much larger fan base and could be seen as the bigger act overall.

I say all that to ask does this category come down to the act with the bigger fan base or the act that has released the best music over the span of the year? Maybe they should introduce a Best African Single category alongside these Best African Act categories. I think it’s only right that the biggest African single should be recognised as well as the best overall artist you get what I’m saying? Why is it called the Music Of Black Origin Awards if African acts only get one category in the mix?

Anyway, lets all tune in on the 29th of November and see who scoops the prestigious award and also see if any of our acts get the chance to perform this year 🙂

Click Here to see the rest of the Categories and Nominees for this years awards

P.S We as consumers, bloggers and tastemakers of the scene have to keep pushing in order to get our music, artists and genre recognised. Afrobeats is still a very small drop in a mighty ocean.
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New Video: Maleek Berry – Let Me Know

There’s no denying Maleek Berry’s work rate over the past year from features to production credits to actual singles the man has worked his back side off. He continues with singles off his Last Daze Of Summer EP with the video to single Let Me know.

The video looks as if it was shot in Cape Town South Africa (Could be lying though) and was directed by JM Films.

Check it out..

If you haven’t already Maleek’s EP “Last Daze Of Summer” is Available at :
iTunes : Here 
Apple Music : Here
Spotify : Here
Google Play : Here
Tidal : Here
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New Video: Juls Ft. Maleek Berry & Nonso Amadi – Early

Honestly, Juls can do no wrong in my eyes (or should I say ears?)

Juls delivers the video for Early one of my favourite tracks on his Leap of Faith LP. The single features Maleek Berry & Canadian singer Nonso Amadi and the video was directed by Tshisz Nelson.

Check it out..

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New Video: YCee Ft Maleek Berry – Juice

Too much juice, Too much sauce.. Too much sauce, Too much Juice.. Right on time for summer

Tiny Entertainment’s YCee links up with the uber talented Maleek Berry for his latest single Juice. The video was shot here in London and directed by Teekay with none other than Maleek himself on the production.

I think this single has potential to be one of the big summer singles here in London along side Wiz’s Come Closer.

Check out the video below..

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New Video: Juls Ft Maleek Berry, Stonebwoy & Eugy – With You

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Juls baby has done it again.. I LOVE this video

Remember I was going on earlier this year about the trio that is Juls, Mr Eazi and Eugy? Well the BBnZ producer/DJ Juls is back at it again and this time he enlists Maleek Berry and Stonebwoy alongside Eugy for new single With You. The video was shot here in London and was directed by Nelson Tshisz with additional animation from Poka Arts (How cool is that? I actually want to watch a full cartoon of this lol). So Cute!

Check out the video and let me know what you think!

 

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New Video: Maleek Berry – Kontrol

 

Such a fun video..

Starboy Producer extraordinaire Maleek Berry is back this time with the video for his popular new single Kontrol which he gifts to us on his birthday. The super fun video was directed by Meji Alabi and features 1/3 of the CEO dancers Nqobile.

I love the pastel colour scheme of the the background… Enjoy 

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New Video: Yemi Alade – Want You

 

After Tiwa Savage the next hardest working women has to be Yemi Alade.. In fact Yemi’s work rate could give Tiwa a good run for her money. I feel like Yemi has a new video every 4 to 6 weeks!

Effyzzie Music front women Yemi Alade just released the visuals for the Maleek Berry produced single Want You. The video was directed by Ovie Etseyatse and looks like it was shot on location in California somewhere.

Check it out..

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New Video: Runtown Featuring Wizkid – Lagos To Kampala

Check out the new video for Lagos To Kampala from Runtown featuring Wizkid. The track was produced by Maleek Berry and the video was directed by Sesan.

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New Video: Maleek Berry Ft Sneakbo – For My People

StarBoy Super producer Maleek Berry has finally released the video to his single For My People featuring Sneakbo. The video was directed by Meji Alabi, produced by AJM Films and shot on location here in London.

Check it out..

This is a great summer single.. I wonder if it can hold on until the summer? Hmm
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