Chileka-based reggae artist, Anthony Makondetsa aka “Mr Cool” Friday night scooped the “Best Male” award in the Musicians Association of Malawi (MAM) Music Awards 2013-2014 held at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.
The “Mbumba Ya Abraham” singer scooped the award after outshining top Malawian musicians including Lucius Banda, Skeffa Chimoto, Maskal, Piksy and Lulu.
Makondetsa received the award in absentia as he was reportedly “not feeling well”, as announced by former Malawi representative at the Big Brother Africa 2013, Fatima Nkata, who hosted the awards.
The “Best Female” award went to Gospel singer Favoured Martha of the “Ondikonda” fame. She scooped the award after going solo following the disbandment of gospel duo Favoured Sisters.
Both Makondetsa and Martha received K100, 000 each from Minister of Industry and Trade, Sosten Gwengwe, who graced the award ceremony, joining the country’s Vice President Khumbo Kachali and other cabinet ministers who were among the audience, who also included MCP’s president Dr Lazarus Chakwera.
The awards, which were partly dominated by speeches, saw some of the nominees dishing a selection of their hit songs.
Airtel Malawi, who were the main sponsors of the event also had a chance to showcase their “Mwezi Wawala” song which was also performed by some of the featured artists among them Lucius Banda, Lulu, Blakjak, Tigris, Piksy, Tay Grin, Theo Thomson, Blasto, Annie Matumbi, Patience Namadingo, Faith Mussa, Ethel Kamwendo-Banda, Rudo Nkukupa-Chakwera and Fikisa.
Here is the full list of winners in the MAM Music Awards 2013-2014:
Best Male – Anthony Makondetsa
Best Female – Favoured Martha
Best Song 2012-13 – Desperate’ by Faith Mussa
Best Reggae/Dancehall – Black Missionaries and Sally Nyundo (following “a tie”)
Lifetime Achievers – went to 10 artists including Wambali Mkandawire, Bernard Kwilimbe, The Roots, Lucius Banda, Paul Banda, Lucky Stars, Maria Chidzanja-Nkhoma, Rev. Chimwemwe Mhango, Chechamba and Overton Chimombo
Best ‘All Time’ Band – Alleluyah Band
Best Acoustic – Gidesi Chalamanda
Best Urban Hip-Hop/Rap – Gwamba
Most Popular Ringtone (Best Special Media) – ‘Unamata’ by Piksy
Best Gospel Artist – Mlaka Maliro
Best Choral – Masintha Women’s Choir
Best Upcoming Band – Konkaraz Band
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