20 September 2016 Last updated at: 1:14 PM

UMP awards: Voting starts impressively


Last years’ Artist of the Year and Song of the Year nominee Nepman.

Nominations to various categories of the flagship Urban Music Party (UMP) Music Awards are already on to a flying start just 24 hours after the voting lines opened.

Voting started yesterday, Monday 19 September 2016 as up to 11 categories were placed for grabs this time around.

The event hits the skies of Blantyre on 6 November 2016 at the BAT Ground.

According to UMP Publicist Kimpho Loka, the progress looks very promising and shows how engaged people are to the awards this year.

‘’We expect a lot of excitement, public engagement and intense campaigning – this is already happening. This is good for the continued maturity of Malawi’s urban music industry,” he said when giving an update on the voting process earlier this morning.

Kimpho Loka

Kimpho Loka : We are making strides.

The voting which will conclude Thursday 3 November 2016 will see artists, producers and videographers fighting for miscellaneous awards.

To vote, members of the general public can send SMS texts to designated numbers on Airtel and TNM mobile networks (0994299099 and 0880549556): 1 SMS / 1 Category Vote.

The judges and the public votes will be weighed and they will contribute 50% each of the final selection.

The judges will singly submit their preferred five nominees per category.

The categories are:

  1. Artist of the Year
  2. Song of the Year
  3. Producer of the Year
  4. Music Video Director of the Year
  5. Music Video of the Year
  6. Album of the Year
  7. Best Hip-hop/Rap Act
  8. Best Afro-Pop/R&B Act
  9. Best Dancehall/Reggae Act
  10. Best Gospel Artist
  11. Best New Artist.

The final results will be compiled by the UMP Festival executive team with a representative of the judges and later the nominees will be announced to the public in readiness for the final voting.


UMP awards nominations open Monday