MTV EMA Best African Act Nominees are Out

Celebrating Success: MTV EMA Awards

Celebrating Success: MTV EMA Awards

There is not much of a surprise with the names of African acts that are up on the MTV Europe Music Awards Best African Act 2014 list. The names that popped this year are indeed on the list with the exception of a couple of conspicuously and rather debatably absent names.

2014 Nominees

Ok let’s start with the 2014 nominees. This prize went to South Africa last year, with the pop duo LCNVL taking it home. However, this year South Africa is being represented by eletronica and dance group Goldfish. Other South African acts are battling it out for fifth place, with world famous Afro-pop music group Mafikizolo and Durban-based alternative music band Gangs of Ballet listed having gotten listed as a wild card of the award, alongside Angolan kizomba maestro Anselmo Ralph, Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie, Nigerian songstress Tiwa Savage and Kenyan Afro-pop group Sauti Sol .  We are awaiting confirmation to hear who has won the hash-tag and public voter/social media based wild card campaign, and has gone on to join the rest of the other nominees who include the aforementioned, GoldfishDavido (Nigeria), Diamond (Tanzania) and Toofan (Togo). 

These nominees will get to rub shoulders with the likes of Areana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Katie Parry, Pharrell Williams, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and many other big names who are nominated in various other categories.

Conspicuous Absences

Here at, we believe that every act that performs and delivers African music and/or has and justifiably claims African roots should therefore be considered and regarded as an African act. This leaves us to ask the the questions, why are the likes of Fuse ODG and Nico & Vinz missing on the MTV EMA Best African Act list. Aren’t they European? Aren’t they African too? Also if not being domiciled in Africa disqualifies one from being a pure African act, why isn’t there something like a best African Diaspora Act? Because, trust me, most of the African acts that have gone mainstream in the past decade or so, are domiciled in the diaspora, i.e. Akon, K’Naan, Fuse ODG, Nico & Vinz et al. We sure hope the organisers will take our assessment into consideration.

This year the MTV EMA award ceremony will be held at The Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, November 9 at 10pm. The venue, which was opened last year in October has a capacity of 13000.

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