THE National Arts Council of Zambia (NAC) chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe has urged Zambian musicians to take advantage of the technological advancement in order to record songs concerning issues that affect the people in society. She said in an interview with the Lusaka star, that there are a lot of issues in the country that can be talked about in music but they are not being highlighted. She laments that the current crop of musicians have been affected by external influences.
ZAMBIA's gospel music sensation Karen is set to launch a ‘good news’ packed album for the year 2014. Arguably one of the finest gospel music talents, Karen whose real names are Chileya Kandongo says her latest work of art is entitled 'Another Level.' Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka star, Karen says her album is a product of hard work, prayer and observing the many situations of her life and the different individuals she comes across.
ZAMBIA’s Chisanga Queville Chansa, popularly known as CQ is confident that his current music project will award him international recognition. CQ who is known for songs such as ‘Ndekeleni’ and ‘Last Forever’ has engaged Clarence Peters, an international video producer from Nigeria to facilitate his project.
MUSIC production involves engineering, mentoring, gold ticket (magical touch), the remixing of music and advising on song writing to mention but a few. Every producer brings different skills and makes what they do seem essay. Antwan Katongo commonly known as ‘Tonny Breezy’ is one of Zambia’s most influential and talented music producer who believes that Zambian music is slowly gaining recognition on the international music industry.
ZAMBIAN rapper Robert Chunga a.k.a. Bobby East is scheduled to release his long awaited album mid this year. Bobby east who came in to the scene in 2010 after his hit single ‘Paloma’ said his album will be released in June. He said the album will contain songs like his current hit single ‘Hate mail’ among other songs which he says the fans will like. Bobby East briefly disappeared from the music scene after the release of ‘Paloma’ to pursue his studies at ZCAS.
For many people it is difficult to identify and follow the path of their dreams. Well it is a different case for a promising music and video producer best known for the song ‘Pabondix’ Lloyd Chirwa. In an interview with the Lusaka star, Lloyd a third year student at the University of Zambia said he started singing when he was still at secondary school. Lloyd said he officially joined the music scene in 2009 when he became a member of the ‘Xample Yapa Zambia’ XYZ crew.
FORMER Green Labels lead vocalist Gloria Kabonga, popularly known by her stage name as Gloria, has released her second solo album and is currently working on a third one, foreseeing a double album launch mid this year. Gloria’s first album titled “Sunsuntila”(Pampering) is in the Zambian traditional genre whereas her second album, entitled “Upepe”, and the up-coming album, which she hasn’t named yet, are both in the gospel genre.
THE University Of Zambia Choir (Unza Choir) has halted the release of its first album until the hologram imprintment including the Zambia Music and Copyright Protection Society (ZAMCOPS) registrations are completed. UNZA Choir co-ordinator, Bibian Mtonga said the album dubbed 'Future Leaders' was scheduled to be released in October 2013, immediately after students began the 2013/2014 academic year.
ZAMBIA Association of Musicians Secretary General James Chamanyazi says upcoming artistes cannot be blamed for vulgar lyrics because the media plays a major role by putting them in the lime light. Mr Chamanyazi said this has made unpleasant songs to be on high demand to the listeners. He said desperation, lack of vision and the urge for 'bubble gum fame' has also contributed to the production of disgraceful songs.