UMP awards back with changes

The Urban Music People (UMP) awards clock 10  this year with organisers indicating that the 2019 edition will have fashion and media categories.

Throughout UMP’s nine-year existence, much focus has been placed on awarding music excellence.

Last month, the UMP family announced that they had put on hold this year’s award to undergo a review process that was expected to inform the necessary enhancements to be effected.  

One of the acts to spice up the award ceremony: Krazy Colours

UMP founder Ken Zizwa in an interview said the concept of the innovative awards has been reworked to provide a platform that will recognise fashion, music and media industries which are inextricably linked.

He said: “Our thinking is always evolving towards better and fresher ideas. There will be a lot of value on display.

“Much as we know that the full version of the music awards will return next year, we felt the urban music sector needed to be recognised for their efforts hence bringing the music categories on this platform.”

In the fashion category, awards will be given to fashion designer of the year, model of the year, best new fashion designer, most fashionable celebrity and living legend.

In music, awards will be given to artist of the year, song of the year and producer of the year among others.

In media category, awards will be given to best print journalist, TV personality of the year, radio DJ of the year, club DJ of the year, best graphic designer and best online journalist.

He, however, indicated that they will strive to stick to the ideals and primary objectives of the awards while maintaining their goal of promoting the creative industry.

“Our objectives remain recognition of excellence and to promote our local creative industry,” he said.

According to communication from the UMP family, the awards are expected to place on December 14 at Crossroads Hotel in Blantyre. During the event there will be performances from Piksy, Salama Dancers, Krazy Colours and fashion show featuring international models.

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