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Show Details

Broadcaster: DStv 
Show Genre: Award Shows
Season Premiere: Sunday, November 08, 2009
Time: 20h30 - 23h00

Show Summary

The Channel O Music Video Awards (also known as the Spirit of Africa Music Video Awards) are Pan-African music awards organised by music television broadcaster Channel O, to celebrate outstanding achievements in music across the African continent.

The awards were first held in 2003 under the name Reel Music Video Awards. Since 2005 the awards have been held annually.

The awards are typically broadcast two weeks after the live ceremony, on DStv's Channel O. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

The 2009 Channel O MVAs took place on Thursday 29 October 2009 in Johannesburg at Carnival City and were broadcast on Sunday 8 November 2009, at 21h00.

They were preceded by a half-hour special at 20h30 called the 2009 Awards Red Carpet.

2009 MVAs

Carnival City was the venue for the 2009 event, which saw Africa’s top artists turn out to celebrate the best the continent has to offer.

The red carpet was abuzz with action as the nominees, performers and celebrities made their way into the Big Top Arena on the evening of October 29th.

From South Africa’s Da L.E.S to Zimbabwe’s Buffalo Souljah, Namibia’s Gal Level and Nigeria’s Darey Art Alade, Africa’s biggest stars could be seen when the Channel O Music Video Awards Red Carpet Special kicked off at 20h30.

At 21h00 it was time for the real fireworks to begin as a parade of winners took to the podium to receive their awards.

The real highlight of this year’s Channel O Music Video Awards were the live performances, which included a tribute to Special Recognition award recipient, Brenda Fassie.

In what many concluded was the heart and soul of this year’s event, Brenda’s son, Bongani (of Jozi fame) and Winnie Khumalo ignited the stage with renditions of two of Brenda’s biggest hits – ‘Weekend Special’ and ‘Vulindlela’.

Other performances came from Nigerian singer-songwriter, Nneka, South Africa’s HHP, African Hip-Hop Royalty for the Emcee Africa II winner track “All Around Africa” as well as TKZEE in one of their first live television performances since getting back in the studio.

The show closed in roaring style with a performance by Mozambique’s Lizha James who brought down the house with her Afrocentric number.

Also adding to the night’s entertainment were hosts Vuzu presenter Nonhle and Channel O’s Lungile and KB. They were joined by an impressive lineup of guest presenters including Channel O VJs Chuma, the Twinz, Enhle and Top Mais host, Weza.

2009 Winners


The Dream for Plenty Plenty (Nigeria)
Brian Temba for Dominoes (SA)
Nneka for Heartbeat (Nigeria)
Khuli for Tswak Stik'em (SA)
Jay Ru for Big Boi Anthem (Nigeria)
Xod for I Want You Back (Uganda)


Da L.E.S. feat. Bongz & Maggz for We On Fire (SA)
Kalibrados for Bambribam (Angola)
P Square for No One Like You (Nigeria)
Buffalo Souljah/Taygrin/Gal level for My Type Of Guy (Zimbabwe)
Mwana Fa/Ay Mamba for Naongea Na Wewe (Tanzania)
D'Banj feat. Mo Hit Stars for Pere (Nigeria)


Master Jam feat. RJ. Benjamin for Change The World (SA)
Goldfish for This Is How It Feels (SA)
Winnie Khumalo for Live My Life (SA)
Tzozo & Professor for Vuma (SA)
Lady May for Ndota (Namibia)
Black Coffee feat. Bucie for Turn Me On (SA)


Kalaharians for Work The Middle (Namibia)
Buffalo Souljah for Judgement (Zimbabwe)
Bantu for Where Di Water (Nigeria)
Wahu for Sweet Luv (Kenya)
Paulino Q for Shake It On Me (Nigeria)
Risasi/Collo for Wat U Wote (East Africa)


Kelly Hansome for Maga Don Pay (Nigeria)
Winnie Khumalo for Live My Life (SA)
Steel for Omoge (Nigeria)
Theo for Ndihambela Phezulu (SA)
Durella for Enu O Se (Nigeria)
Gal Level for Touch Me (Namibia)


Gazza feat. Bleksem for Passop (Namibia)
Brown Dash for Back 2 Kasi (SA)
Howza for Styla Samahala (SA)
Damara Dik Ding for Bakuten (Namibia)
The Dogg for Hands Up (Namibia)
Mzekezeke for Nigi Hamba Phansi (SA)


Lira for Wa Mpaleha (SA)
Gxploits for Tear Rubber (Nigeria)
Amani for Tonight (Tanzania)
Darey for Not The Girl (Nigeria)
Brian Temda for Dominoes (SA)
2 Face Idibia/Sound Sultan for Enter The Place (Nigeria)


Okyeame Kwame for Woso (Ghana)
Hip Hop Pantsula for All I need (SA)
Zeus for Gijima (Botswana)
Jay Ru for Big Boi Anthem (Nigeria)
Pro for Uthini Ngo Pro (SA)
Black Rhino for Black Chata (Tanzania)


Teargas for Take You Out (SA)
Taygrin feat. Wendy Harawa for Moto (Malawi)
Lira for Wa Mpaleha (SA)
Lizha James for Estilo Xakhale (Mozambique)
Rhythmic Elements for 2 By 2 (SA)
Negro Blue for Um Beijo (Angola)


Ikechukwu for Shoobeedoo (Nigeria)
J. Martin feat. Ti Maya & P Sqaure for Good Or Bad (Nigeria)
Okyeame Kwame for Woso (Ghana)
Nneka for Heartbeat (Nigeria)
9Nice feat. 2 Face for Street Credibility (NIgeria)
Kwaku T & D-Black for Move (Ghana)


Amani for Tonight (Kenya)
Mwana Fa/Ay Mamba for Naongea Na Wewe (Kenya)
Xod for I Want You (Uganda)
Wahu for Sweet Luv (Kenya)
Black Rhino for Black Chata (Tanzania)
Cannibal for I Wish (East)


Naeto C for Ki Ni Big Deal (Nigeria)
Pro for Uthini Ngo Pro (SA)
Buffalo Souljah for Judgement (Zimbabwe)
Hip Hop Panstula for Mpitse (SA)
Darey for Not The Girl (Nigeria)
Xod for I Want You Back (Uganda)


Amani for Tonight (Kenya)
Lira for Wa Mpaleha (SA)
Lizha James for Estilo Xakhale (Mozambique)
Nneka for Heartbeat (Nigeria)
Thandiswa Mazwai for Ingoma (SA)
Sasha for Only One (Nigeria)


Taygrin feat. Wendy Harawa for Moto (Malawi)
Da L.E.S. feat Bongz & Maggz for We're On Fire (SA)
Okyeame Kwame for Woso (Ghana)
Naeto C for Ki Ni Big Deal (Nigeria)
Rhythmic Elements for 2 By 2 (SA)
Amani for Tonight (Kenya)


The nominees are taken from videos being sent, seen and requested on Channel O from the 1st June in the year before the awards, until 31st May in the year of the awards (which are typically held in October).

Viewers across Africa are able to vote for the winner in the 13 different categories - excluding the Special Recognition category. They can vote via SMS, an international phone line or via the Channel O website.



The Best Newcomer award is not necessarily given to a new act or artist; it is the first video received by Channel O for that artist.

Best Male Video
Best Female Video
Best Newcomer
Best Duo or Group
Best Dance Video
Best Ragga Dancehall Video
Best R&B Video
Best Kwaito Video
Best Hip-Hop Video
Best African Southern
Best African West
Best African East
Video of the Year
Special Recognition Award


The awards categories were renamed for the 2010 awards:

Most Gifted Male Video
Most Gifted Female Video
Most Gifted Newcomer
Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring
Most Gifted Dance Video
Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video
Most Gifted Afro Pop
Most Gifted RnB
Most Gifted Kwaito
Most Gifted Hip Hop Video
Most Gifted South Video
Most Gifted East Video
Most Gifted West Video
Most Gifted Video Of The Year

2007 Awards Controversy

The 2007 Channel O Music Video Awards were marred by shambolic, horrific organisation that left hundreds of invited VIPs stranded without being able to attend the show due to overbooking of the small venue at the Johannesburg City Hall.

Seating was booked for 300 guests, but 500 were invited and VIPs left in the cold were treated dismissively by security staff, with a number of complaints of security personnel getting physical with guests and nominees alike.

Before the 2008 MVAs the press were sent a press release that mentioned lessons learnt from last year, which included moving the venue from the Jo'burg City Hall to Carnival City.

Channel O's Horrific Music Awards!
(Contains pictures of the poor organisation)
Channel O Awards: What a Shambolick Mess

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Best African DJ Category Added To Channel O Awards
Comedian David Kau To Host Channel O Awards
Top African Performers For Channel O Music Video Awards
Channel O Music Awards: All The Winners
Awards Gallery: Some Hott, Some Nott


Channel O Music Video Awards Nominees Announced
Channel O Music Awards Nominations!
Channel O's Horrific Music Awards!


Channel O Music Video Awards Nominees
Channel O Awards Hosts Announced
P-Square Square's Up 4 Channel O MVAs
Channel O Awards
Channel O Awards: Red Carpet Pics!


2009 Channel O Awards: All The Winners
2009 Channel O Awards: Nominee Bio's & Pics
2009 Channel O Awards Nominees (Updated)
The TVSA Interview: Lira
The TVSA Interview: Lady May
Channel O Awards: Pics, Dirt & Videotape


Channel O 2010 MVA Nominees
Lizha James, Buffalo Souljah Dish Muso Dirt
Mzansi Joins Channel O Award Party
Channel O Awards Album Feat. Gosss


Channel O 2011 MVA's - all the nominees
Channel O Awards: let the arena games begin!
O Awards red carpet: live on Vuzu


Note: TVSA was only established in 2006, hence our records do not include the first two award ceremonies, which were held in 2003 and 2005.

Season 3

Live Event: 15 October, 2006 | Broadcast: 22 October, 2006 | Time: 20h00

Season 4

Live Event: 11 October, 2007 | Broadcast: 27 October, 2007 | Time: 20h00

Season 5

Live Event: 9 October, 2008 | Broadcast: 23 October, 2008 | Time: 21h00

Season 6

Live Event: 29 October, 2009 | Broadcast: 8 November, 2009 | Time: 20h30

Season 7

Live Event: 4 November, 2010 | Broadcast: 4 November, 2010 | Time: 20h30

Season 8

Live Event: 11 November 2011 | Broadcast: 11 November 2011 | Time: 20h00

Season 9

Live Event: 17 November 2012 | Broadcast: 17 November 2012 | Time: 20h00

Season 10

Live Event: 30 November 2013 | Broadcast: 30 November 2013 | Time: 20h00

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
Host - Himself KB Ngakane
Host - Herself Nonhle Thema
Host - Himself Lungile Radu
Winner - Herself Lady May

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