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GWAMBA—We need awards to motivate artists

The inaugural Malawi Hip Hop Awards spearheaded by the country’s South Africa-based musician Gwamba will be held on November 28 2020.

The organising team of the awards have since revealed that the awards will feature 15 categories with K100,000 set for each category as well as 15 trophies.

“All is set for the awards which will be live on Rainbow TV, Facebook, YouTube and Zoom,” Project Manager Nthangwanika Kondowe said.

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Kondowe also said that the nomination announcement will be made soon.

Gwamba, who indicated that he has left everything in the hands of the organising team for transparency, said the aim of the awards is to promote and motivate young talent and to honour Malawian hip hop acts.

“The plan is for the awards to be an annual event. I will not be involved in the processes taking into consideration that I have friends in the music industry. This is why we put up a team so that everything should be transparent and that is what will be maintained,” he said.

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The award winning musician, who in March postponed the launch of his album Mama Said God First due to Covid-19 pandemic, maintained that he will not be part of the awards.

“I will have no say at all and I won’t be part of the awards as an artist,” he said.

Initially, Gwamba had announced in May this year that the awards will have 13 categories but Sunday he said there was an addition of Best Group and Best Video Director.

The other categories are Male Hip Hop Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Collabo of the Year, Hustler of the Year, Lyricist of the Year, Gospel Hip Hop of the Year, Verse of the Year, Producer of the Year, Producer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Rookie of the Year.

Kondowe said the judges for the awards will be selected carefully.

The country does not have enough awards on the ground which can motivate artists as well as reward them for their sweat.

“We need awards to motivate artists and thank them for the good work they are doing. If artists are motivated then you can rest be assured of the best coming out,” Gwamba said.

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