By Harold Kapindu
Nde’feyo Entertainment has announced nominees for the 2015 Urban Music Party (UMP) Awards to take place on 8th November at the BAT Ground in Blantyre city.
The Awards are part of the 2015 UMP Festival, a celebration of urban music and culture in Malawi.
There are five categories including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Producer of the Year and Best New Artist.
According to a statement sent to this reporter, each category has four nominees who were shortlisted by a panel of judges namely James Gumbwa, Rex Chalenga and Kimpho Loka, with the involvement of the public at particular stages.
“Just as the general public was involved in the nomination process, fans have also been asked to suggest which artists and/or content they would want to win via the UMP Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/mwUMPand the votes will be used by the panel to decide the winner in each category to be announced on the afternoon of Sunday, 8 November 2015 at the UMP Festival,” reads the statement in part.
The categories and nominees are as follows:
Artist of the Year
Song of the Year
Sonye – Tsika
Nepman – Na Lero
Janta – Divorce
Martse – Mwano
Video of the Year
Janta – Divorce
Fredokiss feat Daredevilz – Ukudziwa Kale
Gwamba feat Lulu – Ineyowalero
ZaniChalle – Ndiphunzitse
Producer of the Year
Best New Artist
UMP Awards 2015 also have a special category namely Lifetime Achievers, which will be given to the late Mafunyeta and Criminal A.
The 4th UMP Festival will feature star-studded performers Chimzy Kelly from Zambia, as guest-artist, and Malawi’s own Gwamba, Nepman, Diktator, Fredokiss, Piksy, Sangie, BarryOne, Bucci, Blakjak, Home Grown African, Sonye, Martse, Janta, Mafo, Trap Squad, Young Kay, Tech Dali and Daredevilz.
The show will also feature special acts including spoken word, a dance showdown and an MC battle. Winners of these two competitions will receive K50, 000 cash prizes.