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As we're about to upload a new African hip hop radio show, the Africanhiphop.com team is also packing its bags for a number of visits to African hip hop gatherings, all of which will be reported back in the next African hip hop radio update.

MTV Europe Music Awards
While Mustafa Maluka, our Cape Town representative, just came back from Sao Paulo (Brazil) where he was on the local arts biennale with his hip hop inspired paintings, Drew is about to pay a visit to the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) to meet with the African nominees there (Anselmo Ralph, Freshlyground, Juma Nature, Nameless and P-Square) and party with the stars (a jiggy gathering including Puff Daddy, Pharell, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake and more of the names that you know). The event will be broadcast worldwide on thursday 2nd November, see www.mtveuropemusicawards.com

At the same time, Juma4 is heading out to Dakar, Senegal to attend two festivals. First up is Riddim4children.com, Senegal's first reggae festival which was the dream of the late visionary producer/musician Countryman (Bebe). His wife keeps his legacy alive with this annual festival which this year takes place from the 1st to the 4th of November. The line-up this year includes performances by the likes of Ziggi, a Caribbean/Dutch young and upcoming artist who comes over with his live band, and local artists Akiboulane (Bebe's group), Bideew Bou Bess, Duggy Tee (Positive Black Soul), Baay Sooley, Daddy Maky and more. Part of the program are exhibitions with photos of Bebe and by German photographer Sandy Haessner about Senegalese emcees shown in their every day life.
See www.riddim4children.com

Senegal hip hop awards
While in Dakar, Africanhiphop.com editor Juma4 will also be present at the Senegal hip hop awards. Not much was known at the time of writing about the programming, but over the past years the Awards never let us down to bring the cream of the crop in Senegalese hip hop and look across the borders of neighbouring countries, too.
The festival takes place in the week from 6 to 11 November in Dakar.


What's it gonna be this weekend: London or Nairobi? Neither is a boring place to be when it comes to African hip hop, especially on the 7th and 8th of October. Two recommendations by Africanhiphop.com to the lucky ones who live nearby and to those with deep pockets and the right visas to attend both!

Nairobi: WAPI Words & Pictures
Saturday October 7th there's the WAPI Words & Pictures exhibition at the British Council in Nairobi, Kenya between 9 am and 3 pm. WAPI is a monthly gathering and a platform for hip hop artists to come together. The theme of this edition of WAPI is 'mathree' (in Swahili: ma-3 = matatu, which is also the name of the national mode of public transport, the neck breaking minibus).

Performances by Angel (you can hear her in the upcoming Africanhiphopradio show), Lord Shiri, Muki Garang and Kenyanna.
The event is host by Buddah Blaze (the Africanhiphop.com Kenyan correspondent). Graffiti art supplied by Illart, Uhuru, Bankslave and Guru. Matatu art by Phiks.

The venue: the British Council, Upper Hill, Nairobi.

Afrolution African hip hop festival
Then the next day, Sunday the 8th, London, UK is the place to be as Afrolution, the label known best for its African hip hop compilation by that name, organizes an African hip hop festival with a number of African artists from the UK and mainland Europe: among others Migrant Souls (Laygwan and Metaphysics from Zimbabwe/Germany), Wawesh (Kenya/Sweden), Kimba from Real Elements (Malawi/UK), DKR (Zimbabwe), Galaxy High (Gambia), and dj Edu from BBC 1Xtra.

The venue: Cargo, 83 Rivington street. Show starts at 8pm.
See http://www.afrolution.com


The various African awards that exist these days have certainly been good for a pan-African promotion of the nominees and winners. The invisible abyss that runs across Africa, marked by language barriers and lack of infrastructure, seems to be overcome by the fame that a couple of winners have achieved all around the continent, backed by the efforts of continental networks such as MTV, Channel O, the Kora awards and last but not least a handful of websites.

The choice of the people in the streets doesn't always mirror the preferences of the media and the music industry. Organizers are well aware, so these days most of them take into account the people's voice and allow voting through sms or the web.

Channel O African Music video awards
First up this year are the Channel O African Music video awards, which will be held on 14th of October in Joburg, SA. Nominees in their various categories include 2Face Idibia (Nigeria), Necessary Noize (Kenya), Freshlyground (South Africa) and Weird MC (Nigeria).
This year they announced a new category for best dj with nominees DJ Fresh, DJ Stylez, Jimmy Jatt, Ready D, DJ Bego and DJ Waxxy.
See this link for the full list of nominees.

MTV Europe Best African Act
Then, MTV Europe like last year has a categorie for Best African Act in their MTV Europe Music Awards.
MTV Networks Africa (which originated at MTV Europe) announced the nominees to be Juma Nature (Tanzania), Nameless (Kenya), Freshlyground (South Africa) and r&b acts P-Square (Nigeria) and Anselmo Ralph (Angola). The awards ceremony will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 2nd of November.

Kora Awards
There's the Kora awards which in previous years have been the most widely publicized event of 'em all, and which has gradually come to include a few hip hop acts. The deadline for entries has passed but at this time the nominees list has not been published yet. The actual awards ceremony is traditionally held in South Africa in early December.

Organize your own award
Is that all? Not quite: in August this year there was the African Hip Hop Awards at the African hip hop indaba in South Africa, which will hopefully be an annual event just like the Indaba itself. Then you will need a dozen of hands to count the locally organized competitions, ranging from this year's Cameroon hip hop awards, which should go down between 20 and 25 November 2006, to the beer brand sponsored competitions which go down every 2 months or so in Tanzania.

According to one Tanzanian critic, these days all it takes to organize your own beauty contest - even carrying your name - is a bit of money; creativity or sincerity are not required. Hopefully all these hip hop awards don't go that same route; so far most locally organized hip hop awards originate from within the hip hop communities though and so they have some grassroots support.


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