Malawi’s rising hip-hop artist Gwamba seems to still make an impact on the country’s music scene following his nomination again as the best act in his category in the second edition of the Music Malawi (MUMA) Awards.
The nomination comes after he was again nominated during the inaugural MUMA awards last year and ended up scooping the top prize in his category and also crowned as the country’s overall best.
In his category the youthful artist is pitied against new comers KB2 Block, Dominant 1, internationally acclaimed and award winning Tay Grin and Physiks.
Apart from the hip-hop category Gwamba is also nominated in the Contemporary Afro Pop where he is pitied against veteran Lucius Banda, Skeffa Chimoto, Dan Lu and Lulu.
According to the organisers of the awards this is a category whose artists have produced popular songs
which cannot be easily categorized into any of the known genres.
In a statement released Thursday the organizers MediaCorp Limited and Trocadero Consulting also announced a best new category which has seen new comers Adrian Kwelepeta, Flo-Dee, Bingo Lingo, new reggae
sensation Sangie, and Mada Ngoleka.
And instead of the of the best choir the organizers have the best gospel group.
“The problem was that Best Choir was a bit restrictive and we thought best gospel group will take all those groups doing gospel music on board, that is including four member groups which technically do not
qualify to be termed as choirs,” explained Bright Sonani who is the Public Relations, Media and communications Manager for the second edition of the Awards.
The awards are being organized in partnership with the Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) formally known as the Musicians Association of Malawi. In total this edition has fifteen (15) categories.
“The list of nominees follows submissions of best acts by various players in the local music industry that included journalists, complimented by a dedicated team of seven (7) judges who were appointed to oversee the process, and MUM,” said Sonani.
Veteran radio broadcaster Maria Chidzanja Nkhoma is chairing the judging panel.
According to the statement to vote for one’s favourite act, one just need to send an SMS with the keyword to 58411. For example to vote for Adrian Kwelepeta in the Best New Artist category send bn1 to 58411.
The voting started at 06.00 hours on Thursday February 12, 2015.
Sonani explained that a full list of nominees and the voting codes would be made available in the press and can also be accessed on the MUM Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/mumaawards or on twitter @MUMA_awards, and on: http://mumaawards.tumblr.com
The Second Edition of the MUMA Awards will be held at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on Friday February 27, 2015.
The mission for the MUMA Awards is to positively impact on the growth of the local music industry through recognizing, encouraging, nurturing and supporting overall professional excellence and the best of Malawi’s local music talent.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :