Artists in Malawi should anticipate more awards as gospel musician Allan Ngumuya has introduced the First Malawi Grand Music Awards to take place in October this year for gospel as well as secular musicians.
The aim of the event is to acknowledge the artists regardless of their status, ethnic or religious background. The awards will also honour artists in music and poetry who have played different roles in their communities and the nation in general.
In an interview on Thursday, Ngumuya said the event, to be taking place annually during the last week of October, is meant to bring together people from all walks of life.
“This event is meant to be a social event where people from all walks of life, all ages, tribes or colours regardless of their status must come together in one place at least once a year to celebrate our celebrities and also honour our celebrities, heroes who have died or are still living,” said Ngumuya.
He said he has done enough in music and knows that it is not easy to be an artist without anyone to award you for the good work.
“Artists in the country do not have many awards to move them forward and this is really a setback, the more reason I have decided to bring these awards to honour the artists whose talents many fail to appreciate,” he said.
The awards are in eight categories for each of the two sections of secular and gospel music. The categories are artist of the year, best male vocalist, best female vocalist, best new artist, best group, video of the year and best music producer.
Ngumuya said a group of six independent people will be chosen to monitor sales from selling points, distribution partners and radio airplay.