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‘Black-ish’ Star Anthony Anderson Set To Host MTV Africa Music Awards

Anthony Anderson, who won an NAACP Image Award this year for his starring role on ABC’s “Black-ish,” will host the fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards on July 18 in Durban, in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Mamas, as the awards are known, were revived last year after a three-year hiatus and aired live in 48 countries, including for the first time across sub-Saharan Africa on multiplatform network MTV Base. They also trended globally, including in the U.S., on Twitter.

Anderson, who besides starring in “Black-ish” is the show’s executive producer, and also hosts Food Network’s “Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson,” enthused about the gig in a statement.

“I’m so looking forward to my first trip to Durban and KwaZulu-Natal and honored to be hosting Mama 2015 on Nelson Mandela’s birthday – it’s going to be awesome!,” he said.

Anderson also known for leading roles on NBC’s “Law & Order,” where he played Detective Kevin Bernard, as well as shows “K-Ville” and “The Shield,” and semi-biographical sitcom “All About the Andersons,” is fresh from his recent stint as co-host of the Black Entertainment Television Awards 2015 in L.A. in June.

He has also earned praise for his film work on “Barbershop” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.”

“Funny, charismatic and engaging, Anthony Anderson is guaranteed to make Mama 2015 a memorable event thanks to his unique comedic presence and boundless energy,” commented Alex Okosi, senior VP and managing director at VIMN Africa.

Anderson follows in the footsteps of previous Mama hosts Marlon Wayans (2014), Eve (2010), Wyclef Jean (2009) and Trevor Nelson (2008).

As previously announced, U.S. R&B star Ne-Yo will perform to promote his sixth studio album, “Non-Fiction,” as will singer Jhene Aiko and rising American hip-hopper Young Thug.

Performers set for Mama 2015 also include 2FACE, AKA, Big Nuz, Black Motion, Bucie, Cassper Nyovest, Da LES, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, DJ Fisherman, DJ Tira, Jhené Aiko, NaakMusiQ, Toofan, Wizkid, and Yemi Alade.

The event, sponsored by the KwaZulu-Natal Province in association with Absolut Vodka and in partnership with the City of Durban, will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre.

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