Urban Music People (UMP) awards organisers have explained the criteria used in nominating artists to battle for honours in the newly introduced SADC category.
This year, five international musicians will compete in the new slot which is aimed at recognising artists from Southern Africa. Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) Mafikizolo (South Africa) Nasty C (South Africa) Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe) and Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), make the cut.
UMP publicist Thoko Kadewere told Malawi24 on Monday that the formula which was used to nominate local artists, also applied in the SADC category where international stars earned nominations.
When asked if the nominated stars have been notified and if Malawians should expect them at the awards, Kadewere said it will depend on circumstances.
“The international artists nominated for the awards have been notified. Whether they will attend the award ceremony or not, will depend on circumstances outside of UMP’s control,” he said.
The category in question is claimed to create confusion with the inclusion of Diamond who happens to be from East Africa. Some quarters in the country believe his name was misplaced.
The UMP mouthpiece defended Diamond’s nomination on the grounds that Tanzania, where the artist comes from, is part of the SADC region.
“The official name of the category Diamond was nominated in is Best SADC Act, and Tanzania is part of that.”
The recognition ceremony is due to take place on 18th November at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. South African rapper Emtee is the headliner for the occasion.