19 October 2016 Last updated at: 6:29 AM
Results will be based on merit – UMP Awards organisers
Organisers of the Urban Music Party (UMP) Awards have promised fair outcomes in this year’s process following concerns over the voting system which is claimed to have potential of undermining the results’ credibility.
People have raised questions on the voting system that allows a person to vote for an artist as many times as possible.
This, it has been argued, will create loopholes in the process which will in the end allow some undeserving artists to claim glory.
Considering that number of votes will determine the winner, as those nominees with highest votes in their category will walk away with awards, there are fears some artists will be crowned for getting more votes from an individual and not from different people.
Speaking to Malawi24 on Monday, UMP Awards Public Relations Officer Kimpho Loka refuted the claim saying a number of factors will come into play in deciding the winners.
He said a decision from a panel of judges will also matter in choosing the winners, besides the votes.
“Most importantly the judges will have their say, 30% of the final vote. And also we will include other voting platforms along the way. At the end of the day the winners will be based on both expert opinion and popular vote. We are sure we will pick the right winners,” said Loka
This year another glamorous UMP event is expected to paint the commercial capital in music colours. With a number of local music greats expected to grace the occasion, the hype is intensifying as time is drawing closer.
Among the headliners this year is South Africa based Malawian dancehall heavyweight Gemini Major. He is currently signed to Cassper Nyovest’s Family Tree Records where he doubles as a producer and singer.
Last year the bad boy gone good, Gwamba, claimed the most prestigious artist of the year award. This year he lines up to defend the award as he faces challenge from Blaze, Malinga Mafia, Theo Thompson, and Tay Grin.
In the video of the year category Tsar Leo nominated with his The Other Side song.
Tsar Leo is however the only musician whose video was wholy produced in Malawi and does not feature any international artist or rely on well known musicians.