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Maso Awards expands

NOMINATED—Driemo receives Up-and-Coming Artist Award last year

Organisers of Maso Awards have stretched the categories to 30, with six being added to the main ones whereas 10 categories from other artistic disciplines such as visual arts, comedy, photographer, film, poetry, graphic design, theatre and fashion design have also been introduced.

The red carpet event, now in its fourth edition, was last year held at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre and saw winners such as Patience Namadingo, Keturah, Driemo, Phyzix, Pemphero Mphande and Wendy Harawa. This time, it will be held on November 26 2022 in Blantyre.

“Maso Awards focuses on arts and we thought we should add categories from other artistic disciplines despite music being the main focus. So, we now have 30 categories in total,” Maso Awards Executive Director Augustine Mukisi said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, nominees in other categories who were selected through public voting that started on September 10 through to October 7 have been released and has seen Piksy’s track ‘Itsanana’ and Eli Njuchi’s ‘Gugugu’ nominated for Song of the Year alongside Onesimus’ ‘Open Your Heart’, Driemo’s ‘Weniweni’ and Temwa and Zeze Kingston’s ‘Mvetsela’.

Njuchi’s ‘Gugugu’ has also earned a nomination in Video of the Year alongside Driemo’s ‘Mojo’, ‘Patience Namadingo’s ‘Nge’, Henry Czar’s ‘Experience’ and Janta featuring Henwood’s ‘Khumbe’.

Driemo and Njuchi have also made the list of Male Artist of the year alongside Gwamba, Piksy and Onesimus.

The Female Artist of the Year category has Toriah, Temwa, Leslie, Tuno and Keturah.

“Voting for nominees started today (Tuesday) and will end on October 19. The nominees for non-musical categories will be released on Friday,” Mukisi said.

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