Nde’feyo Entertainment on Sunday announced the initial line-up with nine performers for the 5th Urban Music Party (UMP) Festival, set to take place on November 6th at the BAT Ground in the commercial city of Blantyre.
According to the organisers, the jamboree will feature over 20 urban acts this year, including a diverse mix of up-and-coming artists and some of the biggest names on the music scene.
A fashion show, rap battle, spoken word, poetry and drama will curtain-raise the biggest Malawian urban fiesta.
The first wave of artists for the 2016 event include the 2015 UMP Awards Artist of the Year and Song of the Year nominee Nepman, Song of the Year nominee Sonye, Song of the Year winner Martse, Best New Artist winner Sangie as well as Theo Thomson, Blaze, DNA, Bucci and Ireland-based rapper Pop Dogg.
The second line-up will be unveiled later between September and October.
“Not all these acts will be headlining the festival,” said Khumbo Munthali, UMP Festival and Awards co-executive producer.
He added: “The final line-up of headliners and supporting acts will be made available when we have the second wave of artists announced later this summer. We have a lot of exciting activities coming ahead of the festival and awards ceremony. UMP keeps growing and this year it’s bigger and better.”
The producers will soon be announcing the nomination process and nominees are expected to be unveiled the first week of September at a nominations ceremony to take place in Lilongwe where the voting process will also be announced.
Meanwhile, submissions are still available to all artists and volunteers interested in participating in this year’s event.
The Festival is looking for applications from volunteers to take the positions of stage managers, stewards and artist liaison officers. All submissions should be made to [email protected].