Local hip hop artist Chanda Mbao says local musicians should engage and collaborate with international artistes is an effective way of providing a platform for local artistes to expose their talents.

Speaking in an interview with Lusaka star, Mbao said Zambia has a lot of talented musicians but it lacks facilities and supporting platforms to push their talents to another level.

“One of the things that I think hinders us with those collaborations is that our market size is small, so even if you look at the kind of top artistes, how many followers they have on social media, those numbers look very small to the Nigerian guys…,’’ He said.

The rapper said the collaborations with international artistes are not only beneficial to the big local artistes who are involved but also the upcoming artistes who are featured on the songs.

Mbao who recently collaborated with south Africa’s Da L.E.S and Mozambique’s Lay Lizzy on a hit single “Bigger wave” has urged big artistes to keep on featuring local upcoming artistes on their tracks in order to help expose the local talents.

His new single, which was produced by an upcoming Zambian producer Chase Iyan is currently trending on social media and enjoying massive air play.

And Slap D who recently featured a Nigerian Reggae Dance Hall singer, Patoranking in his ‘Lituation’ hit, said artistes must sacrifice a lot in the music industry to sale their music out to the world.

“I would advise musicians to put in all they can financial wise and time in the music career to make it out to the world, it not easy but it requires one to give in more time and energy together with money.”

Chanda Mbao further that said he is currently working on another single which will be out in a month and will feature another international artiste.