The Mosi Lager Zambian Music Awards will this year be held in Lusaka on April 28 with an addition of a new dimension called the Mosi Day of Thunder music festival to be held in Livingstone on April 30.

The annual event which enters its fourth year officially launched on Wednesday at a ceremony in Lusaka and nominations for various categories have since opened to the public.

This year’s awards will focus on 18 categories, culminating the in Mosi Lager Song of the Year accolade. This will include categories such as the best lifetime achievement, live recording – album, lead guitarists, bass guitarist, keyboard player and drummer.

Others are song writer, studio music producer, RnB/dance hall, hip-hop / rap, traditional/Kalindula album, female radio DJ, male radio DJ, new/upcoming artist, female artist, male artist and best album.

And officiating at the launch ceremony, tourism and arts permanent secretary Stephen Mwansa said the Mosi awards were an important mark of celebrating Zambia’s heritage.

““The Mosi Lager Music Awards brings together two exceptional aspects of being Zambian; our music and the Mosi-o-Tunya Falls. They are part of our heritage. In that sense, the Mosi ZMAs and the Mosi Day of Thunder are an embodiment of the Zambian experience,” he said at an event that was attended by several notables in the entertainment and arts industry including musicians B-Flow, Roberto, Damiano, Abel Chungu, Njoya Tee and Twezi to name only a few.

Meanwhile, some group of musicians has launched a social media protest to stay away from this year’s annual event demanding higher fees for the awards. The group calling itself, Zambian Musicians has since circulated a statement on social media claiming the awards are not fairly handled and that they would boycott the event this year.

But Zambia Association of Musicians president Njoya Tembo has regretted the move by the said musicians insisting that as a legal body, ZAM has already engaged the sponsors of the awards to raise some of the issues surrounding the event and that the two institutions are set to meet on March 5.

Tembo said it was not right for some musicians to choose wrong channels like social media to address their grievances.

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