Fans and music lovers packed From Dusk To Dawn Club in Blantyre on Friday night to celebrate hip-hop star Tay Grin’s Afrima nomination.
The party, organised to celebrate the nomination of Tay Grin in the best male artist in Southern Africa category for his song Tola, proved the popularity of the Nyau King as patrons filled every space of the spacious club.
While live performances started at around midnight, DJ Nathan Tunes who is Tay Grin’s official DJ, kept fans on the dance floor with his selection of music.
Exactly at midnight, the main man Tay Grin greeted the fans, teased them a bit with his skillful dance moves before he paved the way for female dancehall artist Pace. After her brilliant performance, another female artist Tuno performed.
But it was Theo Thomson’s performance that sent the club into a frenzy as he performed a selected number of tracks from his album Gypsy.
After Theo, Tay Grin and his long-time producer Sonyezo took charge of things. They interchangeably performed their tracks, supporting each other on stage. Their collaboration and brotherly chemistry on stage was a marvel to watch.
The party went on until 6am, living up to the name of the club—From Dusk To Dawn.
In an interview, Tay Grin said the party was everything he had hoped for and so much more.
“I have the best and most loyal fans ever. We managed to pack From Dusk To Dawn without running promotions, but simply by reaching out to my followers on social media platforms,” he said.
Tay Grin, who is nominated in the same category as Hugh Masekela, hip-hop artist AKA, Nasty C, Emtee and Nduduzo, said he is not intimidated to be competing with such big names.
He said: “I am honoured to be considered for this award among such great names. I have won awards internationally against very big artists so this is not as intimidating. I am very positive that the results will be good. I know Malawi is behind me and together we shall make history.”
He explained that voting has started and those willing to vote can log in to www.afrima.org where there is a nomination list.
“My name is on the list for Best Male Southern African artists. Everyone can vote once a day until November 9,” he explained.
If Tay Grin wins the award, he will become the first Malawian artist to win an Afrima.
The ceremony to announce and hand over awards will take place in Lagos, Nigeria on November 10.