Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa announced the hosts forLip Sync Battle Africa, the first localised format of the multi-platform, pop-culture phenomenon to air on the continent.
South African entertainment superstarPearl Thusi and Nigerian music legend D’Banj will host Lip Sync Battle Africa. Pearl Thusi will serve as all around host and “master of ceremonies”, while Koko Master andOliver Twist star D’Banj will step up as the “colour commentator”, adding his lively observations to the proceedings.
Lip Sync Battle Africa will premiere inApril 2016 on MTV Base (322).
The critically acclaimed and award-nominated Lip Sync Battle, originally created for Spike, features celebrities going head-to-head, lip-syncing the song of their choice, battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.
Multi-talented actress, radio DJ, model and television personality Pearl Thusi is a fixture on the South African entertainment scene.
Musician, wit and virtuoso harmonica player D’Banj, best known for his mastery of the contemporary Afrobeat genre, first catapulted to fame in 2005 following the release of his debut album, No Long Thing, and has subsequently enjoyed success with global hits such as Oliver Twist, Fall in Love and Suddenly. His latest release,Emergency, is grabbing headlines and notching up radio airplay around the continent. Among his many accolades and awards, D’Banj has won Best African Act and Artist of the Year at the MTV EMAs andMTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) and was named Best International Act (Africa) at theBET Awards.
Pearl Thusi commented: “Lip Sync Battle is such an incredible social, cultural and media sensation, I am so excited to be a part of bringing it to African audiences.”
Added D’Banj: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be hosting Lip Sync Battle Africa. I’m excited, willing and ready to entertain the continent on such a great platform. I am looking forward to seeing how well my fellow celebrities battle each other and entertain the world.”
Speaking on behalf of MTV Base, Ifeoma Williams, said: “With great chemistry between our hosts and a fantastic line-up of contestants from across the cultural spectrum, Lip Sync Battle Africa is guaranteed to capture the attention and affection of our audience in Africa. Whether you are 15 or 55 years old, you’ll be “lip syncing” in the car, with your friends, or in the shower. We hope and expect that people will take to social media and tag each other to start battling each other with #LSBChallenge.”