Malawi’s multi-award winning rapper, Tay Grin’s song Chipapapa featuring Nigeria’s 2Baba, has scooped the Best African Traditional Video award at the WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards (WAMVA) 2016.

WatsUp TV, organisers of the awards,
on Wednesday announced winners of
the maiden edition of the pan African
entertainment awards.
Tay Grin is among the 22 winners
emerged out of the 170 music acts and
video directors who were nominated
when the WAMVA 2016 were launched
in September. He was the only
Malawian act nominated for the
This is the Nyau King’s second
international music award this year
after scooping the Star Award at the
Black Entertainment Film Fashion
Television Arts (BEFFTA) UK Awards in
November where he was also
competing for the Best International
Male African Act. He also bagged two
awards at the 2016 UMP Awards,
Artist of the Year and Best Music Video
– Chipapapa .
This year the awards had 20
categories and for the Best African
Traditional Video, the Malawian rapper
was facing competition from leading
African acts from Nigeria, South Africa,
Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda.
Out of the 10 spots in the category,
Nigeria had four nominations occupied
by Flavour ft. Selebobo –
MmegeMmege, YemiAlade – Ferrari,
Humblesmith ft. Davido – Osinachi and
Timaya ft. Flavour – Money .
Ghana had two nominations taken by
4X4 ft. BukBak – Atongo and BisaKdei
– Brother Brother . South Africa has
Mzee ft. Rafiti – Salif Keita, Uganda
hadKnowelessButera – KoNashize,
while Uganda had Navio – Njogereza.
Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz
emerged top with three awards; Best
African Male Video – Kidogo featuring
P-Square , which also scooped Best
African Music of the Year and the Best
African Collabo Video – Make Me Sing

WAMVA is an annual award presented
by WatsUp TV dedicated to the
celebration and honouring of the best
in African Music Videos. The awards
are meant to boost and encourage the
production of quality music videos
across Africa and beyond.
WAMVA creates the best opportunity to
judge African Music Videos from
various Anglophone and Francophone
thereby bridging the gap between the
music industries in Africa.
The annual awards ceremony is set to
become a legendary trend on the Bloc
of honouring African musicians and
other industry players across Africa.
Nominations and winners are chosen
by the general public and a special jury
collated from the industry across the
The 2016 winners are expected to
storm Ghana next year for a Made In
Africa concert, a music festival by
WatsUp TV.