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Artists decorated

The Urban Music Party (UMP) weekend climaxed on Sunday at BAT Ground in Blantyre where artists were decorated with awards.

The grand finale which attracted an impressive audience dominated by the youths delayed to start and ended up finishing late and in the absence of public transport, many youths had to walk to their homes.

By 4 o’clock in the afternoon several people was outside since the gates were closed and at some point there were chaos as people tried to push their way inside.

Some quarters also alleged that tickets ended prematurely and so a lot of people had to wait for long before tickets came through only to create a chaotic scenario.

“This being an urban show most of the patrons are youths who cannot stay until at night so it is important for event organisers to be strict on time management even if a few people show up,” Green Tembo said.

Tembo said the organisers also could have done better on security.

Nde’feyo Entertainment co-director Ken Limwame admitted that they started late but attributed this to some of the artists showing up late.

“But despite this, we managed to successfully hold the event,” Limwame said.

Limamwe popularly known as Zizwa said as organisers, they were impressed with the turnout which he indicated was out of this world.

“The apparent chaos was because most people came in around the same time and they all wanted to come in. By the way, we were selling wrist bands and not tickets per se but some point maybe there were delays in replenishing stock for some sellers,” he said.

The weekend of UMP started on Friday with a DJs showdown at Basement and then a Fashion show and Media Awards on Saturday before the grand final.

Several artists performed during the grand final including the country’s Ireland-based Popp Dogg and South Africa-based Gemini Major, who is signed to Cassper Nyovest’s Family Tree record label.

Gemini Major attracted interest from the audience when his name was announced that he was next on stage.

With all the performances using DJs on the decks, Major was energetic throughout his performance.

The 26-year old whose real name is Benn Gilbert Kamoto, moved to Durban, South Africa, in 2009 to pursue his dream as an artist and record producer.

He also had time during his performance to collaborate with fellow artists starting off with Tay Grin and then Home Grown African.

The artist later introduced South Africa’s hip hop diva Nadia Nakai, who is under Cassper Nyovest’s Family Tree record label.

The sexy Nadai, who was in pant horses, drew heavy cheers from the audience as she went on with her performance which was strengthened by her dancing.

She later teamed up with Gemini Major before she bowed out leaving the Malawian dude to complete the set.

It was during this time when some overzealous security team tussled with photographers and journalists when they wanted to capture the moments.

During the event, artists were decorated with awards which saw Martse being voted Best Hip Hop Artist while Malinga Mafia was voted Best Reggae/Dancehall Artist.

Mafia, who was the last act to perform also scooped the Album of the Year Award for his album Flawless Heart.

Tay Grin was also one of the top winners during the event as he scooped Best Music Video of the Year for the hit Chipapapa and Artist of the Year Award.

The other winners were Jay Jay Cee for Best New Artist, Ril B and Blaze (Song of the Year – Mwini Zithu), Zani Challe (Best Female Artist), Suffix (Best Gospel Artist), Sukez (Best Video Director), DJ Sley (Producer of the Year) and Kelly Kay ( Best R&B/Afro pop Artist).

FM 101 founder Oscar Thomson was decorated with the Lifetime Achiever Award.

On a rather sad note artists also took time out during the event to pay tribute to rapper Kenneth Muwamba popularly known as Revolver.

During his performance with Martse Fredokiss, asked the audience to observe a minute of silence remembering Revolver.

Rina said Revolver did a lot for urban music industry but he said it was high time the country celebrated its artists when they were still alive.

According to his longtime friend Ron Cz, Revolver died on Sunday.

He further said that Revolver was diagnosed of cancer.

According to available information Revolver was was born on September, 28 1989.

The songwriter and composer was a member of Trap Squad and was the co-founder of Trap Entertainment, the record label to which the group is signed to.

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