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Gwamba, Fredokiss win big at Urban Music People Awards

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Musicians Gwamba and Fredokiss on Saturday topped the winners list in this year’s Urban Music People (UMP) Awards held at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

Fredokiss, who on Friday was unveiled as NBS Bank ambassador, collected three awards – Artist of the Year, Best Rap/Hip Hop and Best Live Act.

The rapper said he was happy to have won three awards.

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“ The event was good, it’s good news to me but then next time the organisers should try to subsidise prizes by getting support from the corporate world, more people need to patronise such events,” Fredokiss said.

He observed that much as the organisers spent more and that it was important for them to make ends meet, his three awards could have been celebrated better if he had more of his fan base present.

Fredokiss said everyone, who was nominated was a winner.

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“All those who were nominated are winners but there is always one winner. There were other artists, who were not nominated but are great artists,” he said.

Gwamba also proved his strength bagging the Album of the Year for Jesus Is My Boss, Best Gospel Artist and Best Collabo for ‘Mr Yesu’ which he did with Kell Kay.

“The feeling is always good when you win. It is a motivation and it will push me to continue working hard. I salute UMP for this. It was a red carpet event,” Gwamba said.

Macelba also came out the victor during the awards claiming the Song of the Year with ‘Apsye Mtima’.

The other winners were BFB (Producer of the Year), ‘Gwetsa’ by Nathan Tunes and Hazel Mak (Music Video of the Year, Waxy K(Best New Artist), Kell Kay ( Best R&B), Sangie (Best Female Artist), Cassper Nyovest ( Best Sadc Act), Malinga Mafia (Best Dancehall / Reggae, Mizu (Best Band), Tapps Bandawe ( Lifetime Achiever) and Bossaro Music Group (Best Duo/ Group).

There were also performances during the awards ceremony including South African act Emtee.

However, some quarters have indicated that the South African artist, who was also expected to perform at the UMP Festival at Blantyre Sports Club in Blantyre yesterday did not live up to his billing.

“I feel like Emtee let the organisers down. He came on stage and made people listen to his CD. I am sure UMP team paid him a lot of money and so people expected a lot more,” an artist, who did not want to be named, said.

The South African artist Emtee last weekend was voted Best Male Artist – Southern Africa in the All Africa Music Awards (Afrima).

Fredokiss described Emtee as a good artist but was also quick to say that his performance did not live up to its billing.

“Emtee is a good artist but his performance did not live up to the expectations. Some local artists did well and I will single out Bucci. He was amazing,” Fredokiss said.

Another patron, who watched the event and only described himself as Maxwell said the stage decoration, was different from the previous award shows.

“The event looked fine and everything done was creative, you talk of the stage lights, which were well controlled,” Maxwell said.

On musician’s performances, Maxwell said Bucci, Theo Thomson and Piksy stood out.

But he noted that musicians’ approach to performances needs to change pointing out that some were prepared and others not.

“There was lack of creativity and innovation. Artists using backtracks on CD is what really happens in most of urban shows but they need to be delivered to the highest level,” Maxwell said.

He said artists need to invest more in delivering good exceptional performances.

Maxwell also observed that the BICC was not filled up and that not many artists who were winners were present.

“It’s a good initiative but it could be made better I guess with the right support. Being the first time at BICC they tried but it could get better,” he said.

UMP Publicist, Thoko Kadewere, said being the first time in Lilongwe they were impressed with the turnout.

“The show went exactly as advertised and we are satisfied,” Kadewere said.

After the awards, there was an after-party. The UMP which is in its seventh edition was set to end yesterday with a festival at Blantyre Sports Club.

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