Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) has confirmed the 2016 Music Malawi (MUMA) Awards, saying the event should rectify the flaws and clear the controversy that marred the 2014 awards.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, MUM president the Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango admitted that the 2014 awards did not carry the value they expected, citing a number of challenges which led to the failure of the event in 2015.
Organisers of the MUMA Awards, MediaCorp Limited and Trocadero Consulting in partnership with the MUM, announced the 2015 awards which were promising. However, the event failed to take place.
Said Mhango: “Due to the challenges encountered during the inaugural awards, we delayed planning for 2015 awards. This negatively affected its implementation.”
He said, among others, the 2014 awards attracted controversy over some nominees and unfulfilled promises by some corporate institutions.
“If truth be told, the event did not carry the value we expected because some corporate companies did not fulfil their promises last minute. The issue of complaints over the nominations also affected the reputation of the awards,” said Mhango.
He disclosed that the event also incurred losses as a result of unfulfilled promises, adding that this affected planning for the 2015 awards.
The 2014 annual MUMA awards saw Nyau music star Tay Grin scooping the Best Hip hop/Rap award and Lilongwe-based Danny Kalima scooping the Best R&B award.
Best Gospel Male and Female accolades went to King James Phiri and Princess Chitsulo, respectively.
Sally Nyundo won the Best Reggae Artist award and the Contemporary Afro Pop went to Dan-Lu while Nesness won the Best Dancehall Artist. Bingolingo won the Best New Male Upcoming Artist.
Mhango said the 2016 event is at planning and resource mobilisation phase, adding that the organisers were looking forward to working with different players ahead of the event.
One of the country’s reggae dancehall artists Saint described the annual music awards as inspiring to artists and added that he was looking forward to the 2016 event.