UNZA Choir halts album release

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.

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. 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.

“We have put the release of our first album on hold until we put the hologram on it.” Mrs Mtonga told the Lusaka Star.

Mtonga, who is also a lecturer at UNZA in the School of Education, said the logistics concerning the compiling of the album have already been finalised.

“Everything, that is the recording, editing, mastering and cover picture of the album has already been done. What is left for us is to find someone who is willing to spearhead the album’s release," Mtonga said.

Meanwhile, Mtonga said the album has 10 songs, including what she called the UNZA Anthem, a song with an orchestra touch, and sung in a solemn tune.

The songs focus on religious, political and social themes as well as other issues that affect society.

“Apart from songs of praise to God, the album includes songs of justice and social issues; songs such as Talking and Talking will encourage someone not to just talk about their problems but also help out other people with their problems,” Mtonga said.

She explains that the essence of producing an album was to remind people that education is a tool for change.

“There cannot be true change in any sphere of life without education,” she explained, adding that “Ours is to propagate positive change, and through music, we are sure that change will reign in every part of this nation.”

Unza Choir, founded in early 2012 by Mrs. Kalinde-Mtonga and lunched in April the same year, has members close to 40 students from different denominations and schools.

The choir has graced local events at the institution such as the 2012 graduation ceremony in September and the UNZA Open Day in August 2013.
 

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