It doesn’t get sweeter than this for FM 101 radio founder and Managing Director Oscar Thomson, as he will be honoured with this year’s Urban Music Party (UMP) Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to a press statement from UMP, the award will be presented to Thomson at the UMP 2016 Awards to be held at BAT Ground in Blantyre on November 6.
The statement said the Lifetime Achievement Award comes as part of the annual UMP Awards and is presented to individuals who have enormously contributed to the growth of the country’s urban music and youth talent development.
“For 18 years, Thomson and his FM 101 have been instrumental in the promotion of Malawian music, one of the components the UMP Festival celebrates, and it has pleased the UMP executive to recognise such immense impact,” said the organisers.
Thomson has been described by the organisers as someone who is passionate about music.
He was a club DJ in Bristol, UK, before he came to Malawi to establish FM 101.
While in the UK, Thomson is said to have applied for a radio licence but it was not successful.
And it was while he was waiting on the UK radio licence that he heard that Malawi had opened up for radio licences and he decided to come to apply for a radio licence in the country.
Thomson started running FM 101 in 1998 and then proceeded to have a programme dedicated to youthful artists.
Thomson said youth and music inspire him and this is what pushed him to open the radio station.
“I felt that the youth of Malawi had nothing in terms of radio entertainment. I also felt that there was need to give youthful artists in the country a radio platform for their music,” he said.
The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards went to, late Mafunyeta and Criminal A.
UMP Music Awards is an event spearheaded by Nde’feyo Entertainment and celebrates the country’s urban music, arts and culture.
The event started in 2009.
The nominees for the 2016 awards were unveiled recently and saw artists Malinga Mafia, Tay Grin and Gwamba leading the pack.
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