In a statement confirming his role‚ Noah commented: “I’m a huge fan of African music and achievement‚ and it’s going to be a massive pleasure celebrating them both at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 in my own home town of Johannesburg.”
Alex Okosi‚ Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN Africa)‚ explained why the comedian was selected as host.
“Trevor Noah is an outstanding entertainer‚ and testament to the amazing talent that Africa has to offer the world. To have him host the MAMA‚ our annual celebration of Africa music‚ creativity and achievement‚ is a powerful and inspiring message. We are delighted that our first ever show in Johannesburg will be presented by one of the city’s most loved and admired personalities.”
Noah will preside over the live 2-hour telecast at the Dome on 22 October 2016 in front of an expected 15‚000 fans‚ according to the organisers.
The line-up of confirmed performers include Cassper Nyovest‚ Alikiba‚ Babes Woduma‚ Nasty C‚ Ycee and Yemi Alade. Further performers are to be announced shortly.
Tickets for the award show are on sale now‚ priced at R250 (standing only) at www.ticketpros.co.za‚ and at Ticketpro retail outlets or dealers. Over 18s only.
The MTV Africa Music Awards will broadcast live on MTV Base and MTV on Saturday 22 October at 21:00 CAT. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms from October onwards‚ while MTV channels around the world will broadcast a one-hour MAMA-themed MTV World Stage.