Gwamba, Tay Grin tie with 4 UMP Awards nominations

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.

Duncan 'Gwamba' Zgambo: Alleluyah

Duncan ‘Gwamba’ Zgambo: Alleluyah

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
Charisma
JJC
Kelvin Sings
Purple C

Ril B

Best Dancehall Artist
JJC
King Chambiecco
Malinga Mafia
Purple C

Saint

Best Afropop /RnB Artist
Blaze
Bucci
Dan Lu
Kell kay

Theo Thomson

Best Hiphop Artist
Fredokiss
Gwamba
Martse
Physix

Tay Grin

Best Gospel artist
Faith Mussa
Gwamba
KBG
Patience Namadingo

Suffix

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
Essim
Ron Cz
Sukez

VJ Ice

Producer of the year
BFB
DJ Sley
Gaffar
Sispence

Tricky Beats

Artist of the Year
Blaze
Gwamba
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
Beanca
Rina
Sangie
Zani Challe
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2 thoughts on “Gwamba, Tay Grin tie with 4 UMP Awards nominations”

  1. Logic says:

    zopanda mchere

  2. dzowa says:

    let the best win….very difficult to decide who the winner wil be,,,,,all the best guys….

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