By Blessings Banda(Mana)
Copy right association of Malawi (COSOMA) Executive Director Dora Makwinja said eusic Malawi Awards (MUMA) Awards are very important in recognizing the role that music plays in our lives, and the awards are an incentive to the musicians to create more.
Dora Makwinja said this in Lilongwe on Friday during the Second edition of MUMA presentation at Bingu International Conference Center (BICC).
Makwinja therefore said, “Music as we know it, moves everyone and without it life would be pointless, music allows people to be creative and it offers more life to people.
For us to listen and like music, a lot of creativity goes into the composition through to the process of distribution of the final product. That is why it is imperative to reward the efforts that are made by the people who give us more meaning to life through music- the musicians.”
On his part Musician Union of Malawi president Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango said the Awards recognize excellency and encourage professionalism in the music industry as a whole.
“As you may be aware this initiative was inaugurated last year as the Music Association of Malawi (MAM) Music Awards, but today we are celebrating the event as the MUMA Awards. The awards have been changed to Music Malawi Awards to reflect the mission, vision and goals of making the event a truly national, all encompassing and sustainable living annual event,” explained Rev Mhango.
Mhango added that the biggest challenge in the music industry is piracy and as musicians they believe this can be strongly dealt with if Copyright Laws are strengthened and asked Government to move fast with the process of revising the current Copyright Act.
The best dancehall artist Nesnes said the award will encourage his career to go further as he was not expecting to win any award, it shows that Malawians love his music.
“The award has given me energy in all what I will do …, let it also encourage my fellow Musician to always be original let them be what they are not coping from outsides this is killing Malawian music, let’s do what best we know.
The ndidzayimame fame who went away with two awards on best gospel artist female and song of the year 2014 award said God has reason in all what he does and he is God of time, this is my time given to me.
“I am very happy to receive these two awards to night, this shows that Malawians voted for me and they have confidence in me.”
Bingo lingo got the Best New artist award, best Neo traditional artist went to Edgar and Davis, Best Dancehall artist award went to Nesnes, while Dan Lu got two awards in Best Contemporary Afro pop and Best Male artist.
Princess Chitsulo went home with two awards in Best Gospel artist Female and Best song of the year.
King James Phiri received the Best Male award, Best R and B artist is Dan Kalima, Best Reggae went to Sally Nyundo, Tay Grin received the Best Hip-Hop and Rapa artist, amaona kuchedwa guy Lawi got the Best Accoustic Jazz artist, Lusiwilo received the Best Banda award.
Best Gospel Group award went to Kamuzu Barracks Gospel Choir while Favoured Martha is the Best Female artist.