Nyasa Music Awards (NMA), organisers of the inaugural Nyasa Music Festival, are expanding their footprint to up-and-coming musicians for the forthcoming event.
Scheduled for Kamuzu Stadium from April 19 to 21, the festival has attracted top musical talents in Malawi and South Africa.
The organisers say they have created a platform for promoting and nurturing local talent by giving a chance to three budding musicians to join the line-up.
“All up-and-coming artists, stand a chance to perform at Nyasa Music Festival. Send your best recorded track to the Nyasa Music Awards Facebook page and 10 names will be shortlisted. From those names, we will pick three artists with the highest votes in the comments to perform at the festival,” reads in part a post on the firms Facebook page in part.
One of NMA directors, James Makunje Jnr, says the idea is to offer entertainment while creating a platform for promoting local talent.
“We have deliberately given the power to the public to choose which musicians to perform at the festival. The deadline to submit tracks is March 17 and voting will start on March 24 with the winners announced on April 2,” he said.
Makunje said preparations are on track.
“We are now planning on the logistics, especially for our international artists. All the artists that we have announced are coming and we are working with artists who are serious about their brand and there is no way they can let us down,” he said.
NMAs embarked on a programme to garner support for the festival.
“We are doing an activity with South African musician, Zanda Zakuza which will take place at Chez Ntemba in Blantyre on March 29, the next day we will be at Chez in Lilongwe and in Mzuzu at Queens Park on the 31st,” said Makunje adding that DJs Flame and Nathan Tunes will grace the events.
Zakuza featured in the club hit Skeleteon Move popularly known as Remember the Road that will Lead you Home.
So far, the organisers have announced that South African award winning artists AKA, Busiswa Gqulu, Nasty C and Prince Kaybee will be the international headliners during this year’s NMA. Over 20 local artists, including Faith Mussa, Kell Kay, Gwamba, Fredokiss and Patience Namadingo are billed to perform.
The three-day festival has taken a different route from other festivals in the country as it will be rotated in the cities.
The organisers say the idea is to reduce the cost of travelling to the venue of the event.