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Malawi has 2 nominees in Afrima

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The country has two nominees in this year’s All Africa Music Awards (Afrima) and these are Tay Grin and Dawson Kawerawera.

Tay Grin is a nominee in the category of Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa for his song ‘Tola’ featuring Tanzania’s Vanessa Mdee.

It is the first time for the artist to be nominated in the Afrima Awards.

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In the category, Tay Grin, who held a party last Friday at From Dusk Till Dawn in Blantyre to celebrate the nomination, is battling it out with, among others, South African artists Nasty C, Hugh Masekela, AKA and Emtee and Jah Prayzah from Zimbabwe.

Dawson, whose name might not ring a bell to many is in the category of Songwriter of the Year for the track ‘If I’.

Other names in the category are those of Anselmoh Ralph, Karim Kharbouch, khalif Brown, Simi and Ogecha Diane Obande.

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This is also Dawson’s first nomination.

Dawson said he was happy to have received a nomination in the Afrima Awards and that he did not expect it.

“The song which has got me the nomination is titled ‘If I’. I made a lyric video of it and my manager submitted the song to Afrima to be reviewed and it was nominated,” he said.

Dawson said he wrote the song for someone and that his incoming album, Lilting Rhymes of Lilac, will have it .

“Lilac is a flower used to represent love. Unlike the rose, which represents deep intense love, lilac represents naïve love or puppy love. All the songs in the album are poems. They are 10 in total and the album is ready but yet to be released,” Dawson said.

The artist did graphic designing at Polytechnic Continuing Education Centre under the programme Desktop Publishing and Printing.

He went on to pursue a degree in Land Economy graduating in 2016.

“While in second year at The Polytechnic, I became interested in 3D animation and I started teaching myself how to do it going into third year,” he said.

Midway through this year, Dawson was linked to Kelvin Sulugwe through Bright Chiligo and, together, they shot the first music video ‘Galu Wadula Pa Chain’ by Phat Lu.

“I had previously made Excess’ animated cartoon video for his song Mesho in 2015 and my own animated lyric video for my song ‘If I’, which got me the Afrima Award,” Dawson said.

He said, besides singing, he writes, sketches and also does poetry and dance.

“I also love giving motivational speeches and career guidance talks in secondary schools and other places,” Dawson said.

The artist, who was born on November 1 1991, also said that he has been editing ‘Ndili Phee’ by Steve Spesho, whose video will be out soon.

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