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South African and Nigerian musos will be battling it out to take top honours as Africa’s best at the MTV Europe Music Awards in November.
Mafikizolo and twinact LCNVL are the two South African groups nominated in the Best African Act category.
But they’re up against stiff competition from Nigerian performer Wizkid and another twin brotherly music-partnership: Peter and Paul Okoye of Nigerian group P-Square.
Also in the mix is British musician of Ghanaian descent Fuse ODG.
This isn’t the first time South Africans have been nominees in this category. Zamajobe, HHP and Mi Casa have all been nominees.
And in 2006, Freshlyground took home the trophy.
The category disappeared from 2008 in favour of an entire event dedicated to African music: the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs).
But the MAMAs were last held in 2010 and the entire African music industry was again relegated to a single category at the EMAs last year.
Nigeria’s D’banj came out on top – his second win in this category, last year.
The 2013 MTV EMA will be held at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on November 10. You can watch it live on DStv channel 130. The red-carpet excitement starts at 9pm.