Gospel star, Gwamba, Suffix and other urban acts including Sonye, Lulu and Piksy are set to headline this year’s Urban Music People (UMP) awards and festival events.
UMP Awards will be held as a standalone event on Saturday evening 18th November, 2017 at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe while UMP Festival will be held the following day, on 19th November at Blantyre Sports Club in Blantyre.
And Nde’feyo Entertainment, producers of both events have since released a list of artists to perform at the two events.
Lulu, Piksy, Bucci, Theo Thomson, Hazel Mak and Malinga are the artists to kick-start this year UMP gala with their performance during awards in Lilongwe.
For the festival in Blantyre, the organizers have enlisted Sonye, Gwamba, Matse, Saint, Street Fame, Tuno, Charisma, Rita, Hilco, Episods, Pinky Ice, JJC and Suffix.
UMP Awards and Festival CEO, also Nde’feyo Entertainment Director, Ken ‘Zizwa’ Limwame describes the listed artists as good performers who are expected to light up both events with scintillating performances.
“Both events have good combination of artists to give the audience a treat they always expect from UMP. We are confident they (artists) will deliver considering that some of them have performed for bigger audiences before, and for others it will be a challenge to cherish,” said Limwame.
Limwame has since appealed for support from individuals and corporate world.
UMP Awards and UMP Festival were unbundled following tremendous growth and support the two events have jointly achieved in the past two years. Meanwhile, UMP which has re-branded from Urban Music Party has partnered with Nzika Arts.
For the awards, there will be 18 categories this year: Best Live Act; Best Duo/Group; Best Band, Collaboration and Best SADC Act, Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act, Best Reggae/Dance-hall Act, Best R&B/Afro-Pop Act, Best Gospel Act, Best Female Act, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Video Director of the Year, Producer of the Year, Artist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.
UMP Awards and Festival are expected to be preceded by UMP Night: Nomination party, Fashion Show and Media Awards at Game Stores (Blantyre) underground car park on 15th October.
UMP Festival is a celebration of Malawi’s urban music, lifestyle and culture. The UMP Awards is a ceremony that recognizes Malawi’s exceptional urban music talent.