The 2013 MOBOs nominations were announced last night in the glamorous surroundings of London's Grand Connaught Rooms. We've already scoffed the free candy and cupcakes, but we did bring you news of the nominees for Best African Act. It's great to see so many of our favourite artists being recognised so we've pulled our top 5 nominees that SBA Loves right now. Make sure you vote for your favourite African artist to win at the awards show in October!
Mafikizolo- South Africa
If you follow us on Twitter & Facebook then you'll have seen us going on and on about this new Khona track from Mafikizolo. Growing up in Harare, Mafikizolo were huge with their hit song 'Ndihamba Nawe' being to high school parties in Zimbabwe what 'Candy' is to urban music parties here in London. So it's really exciting to see them back in the game with such a big song that's getting everybody buzzing again. Our office speakers haven't gone a day without this song since it came out.
Bombino - Niger
South Africa and Nigeria are dominating this list of nominations, as they do many things on the continent, so we like Bombino for bringing some North African flavour to the party. A Tuareg bluesy rock guitarist from the Agadez desert in Niger, Bombino sings in Tamashek so while I have no idea what he's saying his music speaks to me all the same.
Liquideep- South Africa
House duo Liquideep are also an old SBA favourite, already featuring on many an iTunes playlist on my laptop. After a three year hiatus, Liquideep's Ryzor and Ziyon are back with a new album of soulful hook-heavy house called Welcome Aboard, landing them a spot on this years nominations. This MOBO award would be a nice addition to a long list of awards these two have already won, but hopefully it will inspire them to get over here for some performances in London.
Tiwa Savage- Nigeria
Singer-Songwriter Tiwa Savage's last run in with the MOBOs was as a back up singer a few years ago where she couldn't even get access to the main event. This year she'll be attending as a nominee, and as the only solo female artist on the nominations list for Best African Act. She first landed on our radar via DJ Edu's BBC 1Xtra Destination Africa show with her sassy 2010 track 'Kele Kele' which didn't leave my head for days. Her new album 'Once Upon A Time' is out now, and with her recent engagement to manager Tee Billz and the award nominations rolling in, it looks like this lady's 'happily ever after' is coming true.
Fuse ODG- Ghana
2013 is shaping up to big year for Fuse ODG, and not just because we've been helping out style his new videos. Adding to the huge success of Azonto, Antenna making it into the UK Top 10, and over 10 million views on his YouTube channel, Fuse has been nominated for three MOBO awards. As well as Best African Act he's also up for Best Newcomer, and Best Video for Antenna. Chatting to him on set of his videos, we can see why he's doing so well. As well as having an amazing team behind him, he has such a strong vision driving him, determined to challenge perceptions of Africa with his 'This Is New Africa' movement.
Also nominated for Best African Act are Spoek Mathambo (South Africa), Atumpan (Nigeria), Ice Prince (Nigeria), Seun Kuti (Nigeria), and Wiz Kid (Nigeria). Voting is now open so head over to the MOBOs website and let them know your favourite artists.
Who do you think deserves to win Best African Act at the 2013 MOBOs?