Maskal, Armstrong headlines Urban Music Party awards

Two of the country’s celebrated afro-pop artists, Maskal and Armstrong have been lined up to spice up this year’s Urban Music Party (UMP) Media Awards set for Saturday 3rd August, 2013 at Nanzikambe Arts Café in Naperi.

Initially, the awards were expected to be given out during this year’s UMP main festival at Blantyre Culture Centre last Saturday but were deferred to this weekend after electrical problem cut cut short the event.

One of the UMP festival organizers, Ken Limwame disclosed to Nyasa Times that the awards will be given out to three media practitioners from print, radio and online as special recognition for their role in the Arts sector and enormous contribution towards the growth of urban music.

Limwame said: “During the main festival we managed to give out the Life Time Achievers Awards to both late Vic Marley and the Black Life Entertainment. We could not proceed, however, with the event due to electrical problem, which our technicians failed to identify and rectify, and stand by generator could not help either. This is why we have decided to have a special event for the awards presentation”.

Armstong: One of the headline act

Armstong: One of the headline act

The selection of the media awardees was decided by 36 artists and 10 deejays that were nominated by the public for the UMP Festival’s Headliner voting process. Aside the awards, organizers are also set to give out medals to some of the nominated artists who missed it out during main event.

During the Nanzikambe event which will be open to the public at K500 as gate fee, the Ndamusowa star, Armstrong will share a stage with his former Nde’feyo Entertainment label mate, Maskal of Udalire and Zili ndi Iwe hits, apart from other artists.

Limwame said the media has played a pivotal role in the development of the local urban arts and culture industry, and they are influential in determining which direction it has to take.

“However their role has not been properly recognized or honoured. UMP feels by awarding selected Media practitioners for their best work will propel media excellence and in a way help develop local urban arts and culture,” said Limwame, one of the Directors for Nde’feyo Entertainment.

On UMP Festival Urban Music Party (UMP) Festival was successfully held on 27 July, 2013 at Blantyre Culture Centre (formerly French Culture Centre) with spectacle and glamour; and as organizers, we were overwhelmingly impressed with the response.

The pre-show at Chichi’s Spot Club in Chinyonga was unprecedentedly packed to the brim on Friday night and the final event as well as the after-party at Blue Elephant on Saturday night received one of the biggest crowds this year.

“And many thanks to everybody, including the sponsors, who participated in this year’s UMP Festival as well as the media, which was above the bar, working tirelessly, in ensuring that the festival was successful. After a 2 year break, we are happy that, overall, our key objectives were met. We are proud of our achievement in producing this unique festival.”

The festival was supported by Airtel Money, GOtv (Multichoice), Star Radio, Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) among others. It is being organized by a team put together by Nde’feyo Entertainment and Prime Time Media.

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