The line up of artists is not complete yet but it seems that this year’s Urban Music Party (UMP) Festival will be one to remember with the announcement of South Africa based Malawian artist Gemini Major as the second headliner of the festival.
Earlier on, the organizers announced Irish multi award winning hip hop maestro Pop Dogg as the first international headliner and indicated more key announcements ahead of the festival which will take place at BAT Ground in Blantyre on November 6 were in the offing.
This is the fifth time that the festival is being held.
A statement that Malawi24 has in possession from the organizers, Nde’feyo Entertainment says that Gemini Major, real name Benn Gilbert Kamoto, coming in to the list adds to the glamour.
“We are thrilled to announce Gemini Major as the headliner of this rising festival. He is a Malawian who is a rising star on the African music scene. We are sure Malawians will be thrilled to see his performance. Furthermore, he will raise the profile of the UMP Festival,” says Ken Zizwa Limwame, the festival’s co-executive producer.
Gemini Major, who is currently producing for numerous artists and working on his debut project has released four songs namely “Badmanting” feat. Aewon Wolf, “Bumpy Ride”, “Ragga Ragga” and the latest “One Night Stand”.
In 2016, he was selected to participate in Season 2 of Coke Studio as a producer. ‘’Gemini joins the first international headliner Pop Dogg who was announced by UMP Festival organisers Nde’feyo Entertainment in the initial line up of performers released in August.
Pop Dogg is a multi-award winning Malawian Hip-Hop artist based in Dublin, Ireland,’’ goes a depict of the statement.
The two join last years’ Artist of the Year and Song of the Year nominee Nepman, Song of the Year nominee Sonye, Song of the Year winner Martse, Best New Artist winner Sangie as well as Theo Thomson, Blaze, DNA and Bucci.
Other artists, Malinga Mafia, Dezert Eagle Fredokiss, Daredevilz, Home Grown African, Charisma, and Phyzix have also been included.
This time around, the UMP aims at celebrating the country’s urban music, lifestyle, and culture. The festival incorporates the UMP Awards, a ceremony that recognizes Malawi’s exceptional urban music talent.