Emcee Africa

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Emcee Africa
Genre Reality competition
Created by Jonathan Clarke
Presented by Leslie "Lee" Kasumba
Theme music composer Don Juan (Octave Couplet)
Country of origin South Africa
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 52 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Channel O
Picture format 480i (SDTV) (2000–2008)
1080i (HDTV) (2008–present)
Original run May 31, 2008 (2008-05-31) – August 31, 2009 (2009-08-31)
External links
Website

Emcee Africa - The Battle Chronicles was a talent show that was sponsored by Sprite. It was a continent-wide search for the premier freestyle MC/Rapper. The tour started in Accra, Ghana, and then went through Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Nairobi, Kenya, Luanda, Angola, Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg, South Africa.[1] Gaborone, Botswana was included in the second season, while Luanda, Angola and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania were cut from the tour. The motive of the tour was not only to find the best freestyle MC, but to initiate international awareness of the 'street life' surrounding social and cultural context of the localized music. In other words, the tour was attempting to better contextualize the application and reception of hip hop culture in each visited country.

The winner received $10,000, a video and a song deal.

Format and rules[edit]

The first season of Emcee Africa followed the host Leslie "Lee" Kasumba to the various host cities, where the local MC/Rapper's were invited to an audition. The final eight MC's were selected to face off in a knockout competition to determine the winner. During the auditions, each performer had two minutes to prove their candidacy for the final eight to a panel of judges. A topic was given to each contender to Freestyle about in order to ensure each contestant was truly improvising and not using any written material. After eight contestants were selected from each country, a separate contest was held, where the eight members would face off to battle each other in two 30 second parts, divided into 2 rounds, followed by the Final. The winner from each country was then flown into Johannesburg to compete for the "Emcee Africa" title, as well as the grand prize. A judge from each country's panel was then flown in to ensure neutrality in the final competition.

The second season followed a similar format with similar rules, except that ten contenders were selected from the auditions, rather than eight. In the second season, contestants who made it through to the second round did not Battle each other but were rather judged based on a performance. From the performance, the judges panel selected two finalists to face off in a final battle.

Wildcard[edit]

For the Final Battle in the first season, audiences could log in to www.channelo.co.za, and vote for their favorite MC/Rapper from the previous competitions, to reappear in the final stages.

Emcee Africa[edit]

Ghana[edit]

Date: Saturday, 22 December 2007
Location: Ghana Usher Forte, Accra, Ghana
Co-Host: Eddy Blay (XFM)
Judges: DJ Black, Kwame Swift, Reggie Rockstone

Final 8: Grafik, ID, J Town, Melodrama, Padlock, Rhyme Miller, Robin Hood, Trigger

  Round 1 Round 2 Final Battle
                           
  Ghana  ID  
Ghana  Trigger  
  Ghana  ID  
    Ghana  J Town  
Ghana  J Town
  Ghana  Robin Hood  
    Ghana  J Town
  Ghana  Padlock
  Ghana  Melodrama  
Ghana  Padlock  
Ghana  Padlock
    Ghana  Grafik  
Ghana  Grafik
  Ghana  Rhyme Miller  


Tanzania[edit]

Date: Saturday, 12 January 2008
Location: Tanzania TCC Social Club, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Co-Host: Reuben (Clouds FM)
Judges: Lindu, Lufunyo, Professor Jay

Final 8: Abbas, Adili, God Emcee, Neville, Phoenix, Rage, Randal, X-Wray

  Round 1 Round 2 Final Battle
                           
  Tanzania  God Emcee  
Tanzania  Abbas  
  Tanzania  Abbas  
    Tanzania  Phoenix  
Tanzania  Phoenix
  Tanzania  Neville  
    Tanzania  Abbas
  Tanzania  Rage
  Tanzania  Adili  
Tanzania  X-Wray  
Tanzania  X-Wray
    Tanzania  Rage  
Tanzania  Rage
  Tanzania  Randal  


Nigeria[edit]

Date: Saturday, 19 January 2008
Location: Nigeria Nimbus Art Centre, Lagos, Nigeria
Co-Host: Tito (RayPower 100.5 FM)
Judges: Blaise, Ikechukwu, Modenine

Final 8: Del, Delta P, E-Law, Jizzy, Maximum, Teeto, Torpedo, Vector

  Round 1 Round 2 Final Battle
                           
  Nigeria  Teeto  
Nigeria  Vector  
  Nigeria  Teeto  
    Nigeria  Torpedo  
Nigeria  Torpedo
  Nigeria  E-Law  
    Nigeria  Teeto
  Nigeria  Maximum
  Nigeria  Delta P  
Nigeria  Jizzy  
Nigeria  Delta P
    Nigeria  Maximum  
Nigeria  Maximum
  Nigeria  Del  


Kenya[edit]

Date: Saturday, 26 January 2008
Location: Kenya WAPI, Nairobi, Kenya
Co-Host: Eve D'Souza (Capital FM)
Judges: Doobiz, Mwafrika, Nazizi

Final 8: Big Mic, Faya, Kimya, Lethal Dynamic, Mohammed, Point Blank, SNM, Tua

  Round 1 Round 2 Final Battle
                           
  Kenya  Kimya  
Kenya  Point Blank  
  Kenya  Point Blank  
    Kenya  Big Mic  
Kenya  Big Mic
  Kenya  Tua  
    Kenya  Big Mic
  Kenya  Lethal Dynamic
  Kenya  Lethal Dynamic  
Kenya  Mohammed  
Kenya  Lethal Dynamic
    Kenya  SNM  
Kenya  SNM
  Kenya  Faya  


Angola[edit]

Date: Saturday, 1 February 2008
Location: Angola Elinga Teatro, Luanda
Co-Host:
Judges: DJ Samurai, Kool Kleva, MC K

Final 8: Agape, Jorge, MG, Nigga Chi, One See, Ray D, Sunny Boy, Yung D

  Round 1 Round 2 Final Battle
                           
  Angola  Sunny Boy  
Angola  One See  
  Angola  Sunny Boy  
    Angola  Yung D  
Angola  Yung D
  Angola  Nigga Chi  
    Angola  Yung D
  Angola  MG
  Angola  MG  
Angola  Agape  
Angola  MG
    Angola  Jorge  
Angola  Jorge
  Angola  Ray D  


South Africa[edit]

Date: Saturday, 9 February 2008
Location: South Africa Roka Bar, Johannesburg, South Africa
Co-Host: AK (YFM)
Judges: Mizi, Proverb, Ready D

Final 8: Adamiz, Ben Sharpa, Heavy G, Projectah, Quaz, Slege, Snazz D, Steezy Stylish

  Round 1 Round 2 Final Battle
                           
  South Africa  Ben Sharpa  
South Africa  Slege  
  South Africa  Ben Sharpa  
    South Africa  Adamiz  
South Africa  Steezy Styllish
  South Africa  Adamiz  
    South Africa  Adamiz
  South Africa  Snazz D
  South Africa  Snazz D  
South Africa  Quaz  
South Africa  Snazz D
    South Africa  Heavy G  
South Africa  Projectah
  South Africa  Heavy G  


Final Battle[edit]

Date: Friday, 28 March 2008
Location: South Africa The Pyramid, Johannesburg
Co-Host: Proverb (Metro FM)
Judges: DJ Black (Ghana), Mizi (South Africa), Modenine (Nigeria), Nazizi (Kenya), Professor Jay (Tanzania), Wordsworth (United States)

Finalists: Big Mic (Kenya), J Town (Ghana), Rage (Tanzania), Snazz D (South Africa), Teeto (Nigeria), Yung D (Angola)
Wildcard winner: Adamiz (South Africa)

  Round 1 Round 2 Final Battle
                           
  South Africa  Snazz D  
Kenya  Big Mic  
  South Africa  Snazz D  
    Nigeria  Teeto  
Nigeria  Teeto
  Tanzania  Rage  
    South Africa  Snazz D
  Ghana  J Town
  Ghana  J Town  
Angola  Yung D  
Ghana  J Town
    South Africa  Adamiz  
 Wildcard seed below
  South Africa  Adamiz  


  • Snazz D wins the first season of Emcee Africa, earning him $10,000 (USD), and a single and video deal featuring Wordsworth.

Emcee Africa 2[edit]

Botswana[edit]

Date: Saturday, 18 April 2009
Location: Botswana Fashion Lounge, Gaborone, Botswana
Co-Host:
Judges: Apollo Diablo, Zeus,

Final 10: Aztech 1, Blain, Cibil Nyte, Dizzo, EQ, Kid, King Ming, Nitro, Oracle, Simba

Round 1
Blain vs. Aztech 1
Cibil Nyte vs. Nitro
Kid vs. Dizzo
EQ vs. King Ming (both disqualified)
Simba vs. Oracle (both advanced due to disqualification)

Round 2 (Individual Performance)
Aztech 1
Cibil Nyte
Dizzo
Simba
Oracle

Final: Oracle vs. Cibil Nyte

Winner: Cibil Nyte

South Africa[edit]

Date: Saturday, 25 May 2009
Location: South Africa Roka Bar, Johannesburg, South Africa
Co-Host: Reason
Judges: HHP, Nthabi, Zubz

Final 10: Adamiz, G.C., Maraza, Mr. Calibre, Otis, Phoenix, Rhyming Type, S!ck, Soniq, Ulysses

Round 1
Otis vs. Adamiz
Rhyming Type vs. Phoenix
G.C. vs. S!ck
Ulysses vs. Mr. Calibre
Maraza vs. Soniq

Round 2 (Individual Performance)
Adamiz
Phoenix
S!ck
Mr. Calibre
Maraza

Final: Maraza vs. Adamiz

Winner: Maraza

Ghana[edit]

Date: Thursday, 7 May 2009
Location: Ghana Tantra, Accra, Ghana
Co-Host: Eddie Blay
Judges: Kwaku T, Scientifik

Final 10: Augustt, Boy Gemini, C-Real, Chymney, Krime, Melodrama, Padlock, Props, Robin Hood, Rocky

Round 1

Padlock vs. Chymney (both advanced due to disqualification)
Props vs. Augustt
Melodrama vs. Robin Hood (both disqualified)
C-Real vs. Boy Gemini
Rocky vs. Krime

Round 2 (Individual Performance)
Chymney
Padlock
Props
C-Real
Rocky

Final: Props vs. C-Real

Winner: C-Real

Nigeria[edit]

Date: Sunday, 10 May 2009
Location: Nigeria Insomnia Nightclub, Lagos, Nigeria
Co-Host:
Judges: B.O.U.Q.U.I., Modenine, Naeto C

Final 10: Black Jesus, Collyde, Cwitch, Dirty-A, Emperor Trench, E.Y.M.E., Jizzy, Sergio, Taikoff, Torpedo Mascaw

Round 1

Dirty-A vs. Torpedo Mascaw (both advanced due to disqualification)
Collyde vs. Taikoff (both disqualified)
Cwitch vs. Sergio (both disqualified)
E.Y.M.E. vs. Jizzy
Black Jesus vs. Emperor Trench (both advanced due to disqualification)

Round 2 (Individual Performance)

E.Y.M.E.
Dirty-A
Emperor Trench
Torpedo Mascaw
Black Jesus

Final: Black Jesus vs. Dirty-A

Winner: Black Jesus

Kenya[edit]

Date: Sunday, 28 June 2009
Location: Kenya Club Clique, Nairobi, Kenya
Co-Host: G-Money
Judges: Doobiz, Mwafrika, Nazizi

Final 10: Bizzill, Kaligraf, Kimya, Kips, Lethal Dynamic, Lon' Jon, OD, Olu, Point Blank Evumbi, X-tatic

Round 1

Point Blank vs. X-tatic
Kimya vs. OD
Lethal Dynamic vs. Bizzill
Lon' Jon vs. Olu
Kaligraf vs. Kips

Round 2 (Individual Performance)

Kaligraf
Kimya
Lethal Dynamic
Lon' Jon
Point Blank

Final: Point Blank vs. Kaligraf

Final Battle[edit]

Date: 28 June 2009
Location: South Africa Club Clique, Johannesburg, South Africa
Co-Host: Proverb (Metro FM)
Judges: HHP (South Africa), Naeto C (Nigeria), Nazizi (Kenya), Proverb (South Africa), Zeus (Botswana)

Finalists: Black Jeez (Nigeria), Cibil Nyte (Botswana), C-Real (Ghana), Maraza (South Africa), Point Blank (Kenya)

Round 1 (Individual Performance)

Black Jeez
Cibil Nyte
C-Real
Maraza
Point Blank

Final: Zeus vs. C-Real
Final 2: Cibil Nyte vs. Zeus

Winner: Cibil Nyte

  • Cibil Nyte wins the second season of Emcee Africa, earning him $10,000 (USD), and a single and video deal.

Winners[edit]

  • Emcee Africa winner (season one): South Africa Snazz D
  • Emcee Africa 2 winner (season two): Botswana Cibil Nyte

Other media[edit]

Singles[edit]

2008: "Battle Chronicles (Emcee Africa)" - (by DJ Black, Rage, Yung D, J Town, Mode9, Snazz, Professor J & Nazizi) (3:49)
Produced by Don Juan (Octave Couplet) as featured on Hype Sessions Vol. 21: Jazzworx FM The Album.
CD published by HYPE Magazine in their 25th Issue, June/July 2008.

2009: "All Around The A" - (by Proverb, Naeto C, HHP, Nazizi, Zeus, Tamarsha & Cibil Nyte) (5:15)
Produced by Don Juan (Octave Couplet).

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