Malawi’s celebrated Hip Hop star, Tay Grin, has said music awards are vital in the development of the country’s music industry.
He said this as he commented on the recent 2nd Annual Music Malawi (Muma) Awards that took place last Friday, 27 February, in Lilongwe.
Tay Grin was one of the artists that went home with trophies during that awards ceremony at Bingu International Conference Centre, bagging the Best Hip Hop/Rap Artist of the year 2014.
While cherishing his Muma award, the rapper said the awards give Malawian artists the courage to continue working hard to build the industry.
“I commend the organizers because these awards are a symbol of celebration, appreciation and acknowledgement of Malawian artists,” said Tay Grin.
“That award night was significant because as Malawians we took the time to recognize and value our musicians and people that are working tirelessly to build our industry.”
He won the accolade after amassing more public votes, beating Hip Hop sensation Gwamba as well as other nominees Phyzix, Dominant 1 and K2B Block.
“I am thankful to all the people that voted. They took a moment from their precious time to vote; this support goes a long way in helping to establish our industry.
“It’s been a great year for me winning international and local awards and I am truly grateful and feel extremely blessed. I give all thanks and praise to God, my entire family and the strong team that supports me.”
Tay Grin, who has been in the music business for 11 years, getting nominated and winning Channel O Music Video and the BEFFTA awardsin the process, observed that Malawi has a lot of talent and needed something like the Muma Awards to give them that hunger to push harder.
In addition, he urged Malawian artists to unite to ensure that the country’s music makes it onto the international market.
“There is so much talent in Malawi. Let’s work together and take Malawi music to the rest of the continent and beyond. With unity comes power,” said Tay Grin, who was also named among the top 100 Most Influential Personalities in the World by the C.Hub Magazine from the UK in January.