Artists from Lilongwe have dominated Nyasa Music Awards which were held on Friday night, May 5 at Comesa Hall in Blantyre.
Five artists and a producer walked away with accolades at the newly formed awards.
The awards, voted by fans chose Black Falcon Bird as the best producer. Despite not being present his award was accepted by Bossaro music group.
The second Lilongwe artist to win on the night in a row was Kelly Kay who went up against an interesting challenge to be crowned best RnB artist.
“I worked so hard for this,” he said after getting his gong.
The night was yet to see Lilongwe dominate yet again in as awards goes for the past couple of years when Gwamba was awarded best gospel artist.
In his acceptance speech Gwamba thanked God and his family for believing in him.
He also trashed social media talk which had been discouraging him last year when he opened declared he was venturing into gospel.
“So many things were said on social media last year when I decided to go gospel, about whether he will go up or down,” said Gwamba.
One of the most expect and undoubtable win of the night and one for Lilongwe was Purple Cs accolade for best new artist.
After missing out on Urban Music Awards last year in November, people’s expectations were met when he got his well-deserved trophy.
Presented by fomer Blantyre Mayor Noel Chalamanda, Purple C was honest in his voice when he told the audience that he did not expect to win.
There was standing ovation when the best reggae artists was announced. Anthony Makondetsa scooping the reggae cartegory turned out to bring the Rastafarian side of the people in attendance after cohost, Mibawa Television man DT got people to join in the Rasta chant of the Emperor Majesty’s name.
One of the most interesting moments and speech of all time Malawian award speeches went to Malala, the best acoustic artist.
After being announced as winner and the whole Comesa trying to boo and ask who is Malala, how did he get to win? He got on stage, confident and told the people “When I was nominated someone asked who is Malala?”
In the height of voices agreeing to not knowing Malala dropped a bomb shell that left everyone surprised. Something you would expect from Kanye West at the awards “I have my own story, now Iam the best acoustic artist” and then he left the stage.
People’s reaction to the speech was this is the best speech of the awards ever.
There was tough competition in the hip hop industry but Fredokiss has always kept himself above the average rapper. An Activists, spokesperson for the ghetto masses, the youth and anyone disgruntled with what is happening around them. He got an accolade for best Hip Hop artist.
Switching to DJs Cockpit resident Rubie won the Club DJs spot where as MBC 2 Fm celebrated Joy Nathu got himself another accolade to add to his already building collection of trophies.
Theo’s ‘White Elephant’ managed to fend off all competitors for the best album whereas Faith Mussa managed to win best singles category.
Putting on a thrilling performance Mussa showcased extraordinary international act as a sign of him scheduled to perform at Glastonbury festival next month played in the background.
Mussa mixed his usual acoustics with rock and roll which took people in the audience into a frenzy and had them lining up like at a wedding doing the step. Among them Bossaros, Cyclone.
The most accomplished artist of the night was Nyau King Tay Grin, opening up the stage with an incredible bossy entrance and typical African king vigour to winning 3 awards -Best live act, best male artist-and best video.
In best video however the awards was shared with Malinga Mafia after votes tied up on counting.
Apparently Malingas Levels to this thing came neck to neck with Chipapapa featuring 2baba.
Another award going to Lilongwe was best secular artist which went to Lulu.
One of the most sort after, touring band Black Missionaries went away with best duo.
Female involvement in the music also got recognized by the fans who voted as they voted Miracle Chinga as the best female artist.
To wrap up the awards an honorary award was given to lawyer Frank Mbeta.
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