UMP Awards Nominees announced: Gwamba, Tay Grin tie with 4 Awards nominations

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Gemini Major: One of the 2016 UMP Headliners

By Harold Kapindu

Lilongwe, 9 October 2016: Hundreds of urban music lovers flocked to Amazon Club in the capital Lilongwe to witness the unveiling of UMP Awards nominations which took place on Saturday night, 8 October.

This year, the highly anticipated locally produced UMP Awards will see Hip Hop heavyweights Gwamba and Tay Grin going head to head as they have bagged four nominations each.

Despite getting nominations in other different categories, the two rappers are battling it out in the “Best Song of the year” category where Gwamba’s “Better” is up against Tay Grin’s “Chipapapa”.

They will also trade jabs in “Artist of the year” and “Best Hip Hop artist” categories.

Newcomers JJC, Purple C and Ril B have three nominations each while the critically acclaimed female artist of the moment Zani challe got two nominations.

Singer Theo Thomson bagged three nominations whereas veteran rapper Phyzix has bounced back with a bang having being nominated for “Best Hip Hop artist” and “Album of the year” for “Captain Long John”.

The nominations voting commenced on Monday 19 September 2016 and concluded on Monday 3 October 2016, with the objective of selecting five nominees per category.

Producers then later included the Best Female Act, which makes the number of categories in the 2016 UMP Awards rise to 12 from the initial 11.

The public sent SMS texts to designated numbers on Airtel and TNM mobile networks (0994299099 and 0880549556): 1 SMS / 1 Category Vote. The judges and the public votes were weighed and they contributed 50:50 of the final selection.

UMP has lined up a few side events including the just ended UMP Awards Nomination Party, a DJ showdown slated for Friday, 4th November, UMP Fashion Night and Media Awards at Game Underground Car Park and the icing on the cake which is the UMP Awards on Sunday, 6th November at the BAT Ground.

Below is the complete list of nominees:

Best New artist
Kelvin Sings
Purple C

Ril B

Best Dancehall Artist
King Chambiecco
Malinga Mafia
Purple C


Best Afropop /RnB Artist
Dan Lu
Kell kay

Theo Thomson

Best Hiphop Artist

Tay Grin

Best Gospel artist
Faith Mussa
Patience Namadingo


Video of the Year
Chipapapa- Tay Grin featuring 2baba
Levels remix- Malinga featuring Various artists
Single tonight- Zani Challe featuring Patoranking
Sweet Banana- Dan Lu

The other side – Tsar Leo

Best Video director
Ben bei
Ron Cz

VJ Ice

Producer of the year
DJ Sley

Tricky Beats

Artist of the Year
Malinga Mafia
Tay Grin

Theo Thomson

Song of the Year
Better- Gwamba featuring Emm Q and Tammy
Chipapapa- Tay Grin featuring 2baba
Levels Remix- Malinga Mafia featuring Various Artists
Mwini Zinthu- Ril B and Blaze

Wadutsa Pompa – W twice featuring Nepman

Album of the Year
Acoustic Heart- Saint
Captain Long John- Physix
Flawless Heart- Malinga Mafia
White elephant- Theo Thomson

Worth the Wait – Bucci

Best Female artist
Aycee James
Zani Challe

Nde’feyo announces UMP Awards 2015 nominees


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 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

DJ Sley


Tricky Beatz

Stich Fray

Best New Artist



Black Nina

Tsar Leo

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.

Qlub Konnekt for “new clean way to have fun”

Bucci set to perform at the launch

Bucci set to perform at the launch

By Pemphero Musowa and Harold Kapindu

As moral decadence among youth of this generation continues to deteriorate, a group of fellow youths have come up with a new clean way to have fun.

Qlub Konnect, set to be launched on Friday, October 9, 2015 is being described as “a safe and secure hangout spot for the youth”, clubbing experience without the negatives that come with it.

Nicole Kamwendo, Capital FM presenter and one of the organisers/co-host of the launch explained:  “Basically it is a new clubbing concept that is being backed by Mavuno Church.”

“We are aiming at providing a new clean way to have fun. By this we mean no alcohol, no lewd behaviour, some place where parents won’t mind hearing that their children are going,” said Kamwendo

The way it is set up; the first 2 hours will be for performances by singers, poets and dancers. Renowned Ndefeyo artist, Bucci and his Floor Steppers crew will entertain the audience and also billed to perform is Patience Namadingo and Sharon.

Ideally Qlub Konnect will run from 6pm till 11pm with exception of audience request to consider lengthening the time.

On food and transportation Nicole said arrangements have been made with Steers and taxi drivers at a reasonable fee.

Kamwendo further cleared out the misconception that people might have pertaining their connection with Mavuno Church saying: “I must stress, though it is being backed by a church, it is not a “gospel” club as many people assume.”

The launch will take place at Upstairs, Peoples Building, Victoria Avenue in Blantyre and it is for free.

Fans to nominate UMP Awards contenders


By Harold Kapindu

Nde’feyo Entertainment has announced that the general public will be involved in selecting the nominees for the forthcoming UMP Awards scheduled to take place on 8th November at BAT Ground in Blantyre.

The awards are part of the 2015 Urban Music Party (UMP), a celebration of urban music and culture in the country, organized by Nde’feyo Entertainment.

According to a statement made available to Mana, for the first time, UMP will be having music awards and the categories include Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Producer of the Year, Best New Artist and Lifetime Achievement.

“The public will suggest the entrants, but a panel of three judges; media and industry players Panther Rix, Rex Chalenga and Kimpho Loka will be at the discretion of coming up with the ultimate winners.

“For the meantime, fans can suggest the nominees via Twitter using artist or content name with the hashtag #UMP2015 (for example “ABC for #UMP2015 Awards”). Other nomination platforms will be announced in the next few days,” reads the statement in part.

Two Lifetime Achievement awardees will be selected by the judges and organizing committee based on their accomplishments.

In the first four categories, nominations are open to artists and content considered to have entertained Malawi and kept the urban music industry ticking between the months of October 2014 and August 2015.

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 as well as Tech Dali.

The statement also stated that the show will feature special events including spoken word, a dance showdown and an MC battle. Winners of these two competitions will receive K50,000 each.

Ndefeyo announces UMP Festival dates; Chimzy Kelly to perform

Chimzy Kelly

Chimzy Kelly

By Harold Kapindu

Ndefeyo Entertainment has announced that the fourth Urban Music Party (UMP) will be held on November 8, 2015 at BAT grounds in Blantyre with a Pre Party slated for November 7, 2015.

According to a press statement made available to Malawi News Agency, International guest artist Chimzy Kelly, who is famed for his hit records “Dorika” “Mwanakazi Ndikumbuyo” recently won Zambia’s Musical Awards Song of the year, will perform at the festival.

20 urban artists, nominated by their fans through UMP festival Facebook portal will also perform and shine at the festival.

In the statement, UMP Project Manager Wisdom Phanga said the aim of this year’s festival is to promote positive lifestyle among the youth.

“Ndefeyo regards the youth as its core audience of urban music and arts consequently UMP festival mission is to promote and celebrate urban creative industry” Phanga said.

The festival will honour two lifetime achievers. There will also be an award for Artist of the year.

Other categories include Song of the year, Video of the year and Radio Deejay of the year. In addition there will be dancing and freestyle competition.

UMP Festival started in 2009 with festivities taking place at Green Bamboo Park, Chancellor College in 2011 and French Cultural Centre in 2013.



Blantyre based Music Malawi (Muma) Awards 2014 Best R&B Artist Nominee, Bucci has released his first new single “Malungo” under one of the country’s successful music companies, Nde’feyo Entertainment.

The new release, produced by Percy “Pro Pee” Manyozo, is the first taste of Bucci’s untitled album due later in the year under Nde’feyo, which he joined in October 2014.

“Am pretty excited about this new release, the fans have waited for so long and finally I have something new for them, something I want them to look at as the beginning of a new page, something I want them to enjoy with me,” says the singer-songwriter and dancer.

Born Bucci Mwale, the singer adds: “And I have plans for my presentation of the live performances of these songs, for the first time on the 28th of March at the ‘Afro Jam Night’ at Blue Elephant”.

Since joining Nde’feyo Entertainment, Bucci has worked on couple of songs and tracks had to go through phases.

According to the stable’s co-director, Khumbo Kabuzi Munthali, “There were listening sessions and after getting feedback we had to go back in the studio. That took long but I am positive that the wait will be worth it because the first single is banger”.

Before joining Nde’feyo Entertainment, the sleek-voiced singer was under the management of record producer Pro Pee at Transformers Music and is still attached to the artist as the co-executive producer of his debut album.

Bucci is one R&B singer in the country whose vocal cords know the definition of amazing and very creative. Apart from releasing a couple of solo singles before, including “Umbombo”, “Ngati Maloto” and “Zitiyendera”, he has featured on several hits that have been dominating the airwaves the past two years.

Some of the songs he featured on are Gwamba’s “Ndiyima Pachulu”, BarryOne’s “Chifukwa Chani”, Diktator’s “Zokhumba” and Flo Dee’s “Mphete”. Bucci is also a member of the new Blantyre-based urban music clique known as Classmates.

Trumel to launch debut album March 1

Trumel (2)

By Mana

Blantyre, February 23, 2015,: Dance hall musician Trumel who is signed under the Nde`feyo Entertainment is set to launch his debut album titled ‘Me and the Music’ on March 1 this year in Lilongwe.

The artist who recently released a mixtape titled‘Step Ahead’ which had hit singles like ‘Let it Go’, ‘Girl Friend’ and ‘Akhale Pamwamba’ is expected to launch the album at Wakawaka Motel.

Nde`feyo`s General Manger Mphatso Chibota said in an interview over the weekend that all was set for the show.

“This album comes after his critically acclaimed mixtape, ‘Step Ahead’ which had hit singles like ‘Let it go’, ‘Girl Friend’ and ‘Akhale Pamwamba’ .This latest offering will have at least 10 singles, a few of which have already been released and are enjoying massive airplay on radio and TV,” said Chibota.

He then promised a show filled with entertainment.

“Patrons should expect fireworks. Trumel and the whole Nde’feyo crew have fully been prepared for this show. He will bring out his best plus the strong line up is evidence enough that this show is going to be a cracker,” said Chibota.

Recently, the musician also released the ‘Reggae is my veins’ single coupled with a video and ‘Green Red and Black’ and ‘Makonda makonda’ , a remake of Police orchestra classic of the same title.

The Launch at Wakawaka will have Reggae giants Black Missionaries as headliners. They will be joined by The Soul Raiders band, Nepman(of Nalero fame), another Nde`feyo artist, Bucci and Wendy Harawa and patrons will pay a K 1,500 entry fee.