Piksy, Blakjak, Maskal, Tay Grin headline acts for Malawi Urban Music Party festival

Urban Music Party (UMP) festival has returned, after a two-year break, in spectacular and appealing fashion, with five of the renowned and celebrated urban artists and three Djs headlining this year’s festival set for Saturday 27th July at Blantyre Culture Centre (formerly French Culture Centre).

The five artists, according to the UMP Festival organizing team, were selected after successfully conducting SMS Voting campaign and are those that accumulated most votes out of the 36 artists and 10 DJs that were nominated through Facebook and Twitter.

The artists are Piksy, Blakjak, Maskal, Tay Grin and Armstrong while the DJs are DJ Cool, DJ Panther and DJ Scarper.

However, according to UMP official, Khumbo Munthali one of the artists, Third Eye who had made it in the top five has been left out as he is reported to be in South Africa.

Tay Grin
Tay Grin

“The artists that campaigned to their fans most got the most votes; this helped them as they made their fan base aware of what is going on. On another note, we are pleased that all the headliners that were voted are available except Third Eye, who is currently in South Africa,” he said.

Aside from the headliners, the Festival organizers have also revealed that they will have other artists to perform who will be selected from the initial nominations list. These include, Biriwiri, Trumel, BarryOne, Daredevils, Nesnes, Diktator among others.

UMP Festival will run from Friday, 26th of July with a launch party at Chichi’s Spot in Chinyonga, then the main event will be on 27th July at Blantyre Cultural Centre from 10 am with an after-party (dubbed an Awardees Night) and a Festival closing braii to follow at Blue Elephant on same Saturday night and the following Sunday afternoon respectively.

Munthali said all is set for the festival, which is a celebration of urban music, adding the SMS voting process the organizing team ran had added excitement and hype to the festival.

“The SMS voting campaign was very successful, in that many people participated; in the process it added the needed excitement in the lead up to the Festival. We are thankful to all those who participated, and to Airtel Malawi for providing us with the platform to carry out this campaign”, said Munthali.

Munthali adds that campaigning was key and bemoaned the absence of Third Eye who also received most votes but is unavailable. The SMS voting also gave chance for the voters to win various prizes including a Samsung Galaxy S2, whose winner is yet to be announced.

The Festival is being supported by Airtel Money, GOtv (Multichoice), Star Radio, Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) among others. It is being organized by a team put together by Nde’feyo Entertainment and Prime Time Media.

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