It is finally here. The much awaited 2016 UMP Festival rolls into motion on Friday night 4th November, with a DJ Showdown at Bassment Club in Blantyre where top DJs will outsmart each other aside from performances by selected few urban artists.
The event’s is expected to hype up the excitement- before the final show on Sunday- with a Fashion Gala and Media Awards onSaturday night at Game Underground Car Park where the Mayor of Blantyre City Noel Chalamanda is expected to be guest of honor.
According to the organizers, top fashion designers will showcase their designs during the gala while media practitioners who promote urban music and culture in the categories of print, radio, television, online and club DJs will be awarded for their impressive contributions to the urban music industry.
“These are collections that have the urban flavor to it, as the UMP celebrates urban music and lifestyles, which include fashion,” reads in part a statement from the organizers, Ndefeyo Entertainment.
Some of the designers to showcase their collections during the gala include Nzika Wear, Alinafe, Vivietta, Tavari, Homegrown Lifestyle, Nyalisa Wear, Base and Maur Designs. The gala will be spiced up by performances by Theo Thomson, Bucci, Pop Dogg, MacLuther Mambala.
The event will also be graced by the 2016 UMP headliner Gemini Major and his South African Family Tree crew, local celebrities and models with ex Big Brother Africa housemate Code Sangala and Radio 2 FM radio personality Juliet Royo as MCs.
The 2016 UMP festival will culminate with open air performances at BAT Ground on Sunday 6th November, 2016.
The final show is expected to attract the cream of urban music and some of outstanding acts this year will walk home with medals of Honor. Gemini Major and Pop Dogg, based in South Africa and Ireland, respectively are expected to headline the event with Junior Cee and Yolanda Kaluma to host the awards.
Pop Dogg is already in the country he arrived on Monday, 31st October, and Gemini Major and his crew are expected to arrive in the country on Friday, 4th November.