By Sam Banda Jnr:
The main event comes barely a week after the organisers held pre-parties at Vogue in Zomba last Friday and Rock City in Lilongwe last Saturday.
Ahead of the awards Saturday, there is another pre-party tonight at Blue Elephant in Blantyre where DJs Reubie, Mnyaxy, Shats and West will be on the decks.
Organisers of the event early this month released the 2018 nomination list ahead of the main event which comprises 18 of the 20 award categories with five nominees in each category.
Musicians Gwamba and Suffix lead the pack with five nominations each.
Gwamba has received nominations in the categories of Artist of the Year, Music Video of the Year for his video ‘Kusasa Mau’, Collabo of the Year, Best Urban Gospel of the Year and Best Live Act.
Suffix has received nominations in the categories of Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for ‘Before I Sleep’, Best Urban Gospel, Best Hip Hop Act and Best Live Act.
In the category of Album of the Year, apart from Suffix and Gwamba, the other acts making the list are Fredokiss, Piksy and Tay Grin.
In the Album of the Year category, the list has Mady P with Chi One Tambala, Provoice (Knock It 1986), Seven O More (Yr 2099), Sonye (Somewhere in Africa) and Suffix (Before I Sleep).
In the Song of the Year category, which is also huge, the list has Macelba and Saint’s ‘Maluzi’, Malinga Mafia’s ‘Vuto Siine’, Piksy’s ‘Umakwana’, and Wikise’s ‘Uli Nzinga’.
People are currently voting for their favourite acts although some quarters have expressed concern on the nominations saying they have gaps and leave a lot to be desired.
Last Friday, the organisers also offered media awards ahead of the main event.
During tomorrow’s event, Soldier Lucius Banda will be given the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for his immense contribution to the music industry in the country while Fredokiss will receive the Humanitarian Award.
The event starts with live performances 1pm to 5pm and the awards ceremony from 6pm to 11pm.
Some of the artists set to perform are Gwamba, Fredokiss, Episodz, Salama Africa Dance Crew, Shamma Vocals, Temwa, Wikise, Tuno, Piksy, Purple C and Kell Kay.
UMP Event Coordinator Mphatso Chibota said they are ready for the event.