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UMP impressed with turn up

Written by  Nancy Chavi



Fredokiss - One of Saturday's UMP awardees - File photo

Blantyre, November 21, 2017; Last Sunday, November 19, the youth flocked to Blantyre Sports Club to watch the award-winning international artist, Emtee from South Africa, performing live on stage courtesy of Urban Music People (UMP).

The show was staged barely a day after the Saturday performance at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. The UMP organisers made it possible to accord Blantyre youth a rare opportunity to see “role up” hit maker performing before returning to his home base South Africa.

The show was deftly hosted by Dj Joy Nanthu. At around 14:20 pm everything was geared up, with music pumping loudly from state-of-art speakers. The dark clouds hovering above indicating signs of rain did not stop fan-loving youth from turning up for the event en masse.

The first to clear the dust from the stage was upcoming artist, Lackie, followed by Rita, Tuno, Hilco and JJC who gave electrifying performances.

As it clocked 4:00 pm, big guns of Malawi Music Industry jumped on stage one by one to dish out their best. They included Sonyezo, Janta, Saint, Toast, Charisma, Tsar Leo and Macelba.

Man of the moment, Emtee, showed up around 6:00 pm amidst cheers, ululation and hand clapping from the ecstatic audience. Emtee performed nonstop for an hour or so to wind up the show. His performance created an uncontrollable frenzy among the youth as they danced around and sang along to all his lyrics.

Sadly, efforts to interview Emtee proved futile as a group of bodyguards kept everyone else at arm’s length.

But UMP spokesperson, Thoko Kadewere said she was impressed with the people’s turn out saying this would give them impetus to do more.
“UMP awards and music shows are here to stay and these events will be hosted annually to continue entertaining the urban youth,” she said.

Zaward Likatho who patronized the show said he was very impressed with Emtee performance hoping there would be a similar performance next year.

To spice up the event, UMP awarded musician Fredokiss as the best artist while Gwamba and Kell were awarded as best collabo artists.


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