The UK Asian Music Awards are back with exciting plans for the annual event taking place at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London on Thursday 5th March 2009.
On December 4th, the organisers of the UKAMAs will be revealing their new ideas for an even more fantastic celebration of Asian music. Top London night spot Aura is the venue for the lavish VIP launch night which will be attended by a number of celebrities and music industry officials.
Celebrating the growing popularity of the UK Asian music scene, the awards night will honour the achievements of a variety of new and established artists representing various genres from Traditional to Urban Desi.Abs Shaid, CEO and founder of the UK Asian Music Awards teamed up with Jon Hale, CEO of the Nashi Media Group to bring audiences and industry representatives a memorable event in March 2008. Jon, who was a board Director of the Mean Fiddler Music Group plc, brings a wealth of music event experience as the Director of Business Development for the awards. Jon says of the future: “The UKAMA’s have gone from strength to strength over the past few years. I was very impressed by the quality of the last event and we’re now well on the way to taking the UKAMA’s up to another level”.
Abs adds: “2008 is going to be remembered as an enormous year for Asian music. Many artists have enjoyed great success with huge sales both here and abroad. British Asian sounds have featured in Bollywood movies and we’ve even had signings with the USA’s top labels. These are the kind of accomplishments that we want to celebrate; from industry veterans to fresh new unsigned talent”.
Kevin Rego, Head of Sales and Marketing for the B4U Network was amazed with the response from last year’s show: “As the leading channel in the UK today, B4U MUSIC is delighted to be presenting the UKAMA once again. Last year’s event had a phenomenal amount of positive feedback from our worldwide broadcast. This year, we’re gearing up to give the UKAMA’s even more exposure thereby underlining our commitment to the growth of Asian Music Industry in Britain”.
The UK Asian Music Awards team are inviting the media to join them at the launch event on the 4th December. Neev from Kiss 100 will host the night with the fabulous ‘Celebrations By VAMA’ supplying a champagne reception and delicious canapés. Sounds will be provided by DJ Krash, Jags Klimax, DJ Kayper and DJ H.
The voting for each of the categories will be open to the public and will begin via the official website www.theukama.com from December 5th.
Event: UK Asian Music Awards Media Launch Event
Venue: ‘Aura’ 48-49 St James Street, Mayfair, London SW1
Time: 7 – 9pm
The UK AMA Award categories reflect the diversity of talent that exists in the UK and also pays tribute to the international influences that have played a huge role in the development of the British Asian music industry.
The categories for UK AMA 2009 are:
• Best Album
• Best Act
• Best Male Artist
• Best Female Artist
• Best Alternative Act
• Best Video
• Best International Act
• Best International Album
• Best Newcomer
• Best Producer
• Best Club DJ
• Best Urban Act
• Best Radio Show
• Outstanding Achievement• Commitment to the Scene