Johannesburg to Host MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 25th August 2016 news So for the first time the MAMAs are headed to the Ticketpro Dome this October brought to you by Joburg Tourism in association with Absolut. 22 October is the official date set for the annual celebration of African and international talent and achievement. The MAMA awards recognize and reward musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year. The ceremony will feature stunning performances from African and international artists along with the show’s signature cross-border collaborations. This year MAMA 2016 will celebrate African talent across 17 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Best Song and Best Collaboration by Absolut. The contribution from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognized in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Additional categories include the Africa Re-Imagined Award and Personality of the Year. Nomination for the awards will be revealed in September.