STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
SINGER and activist B-Flow last week launched his fourth album Dear Mama and the second phase of Go Out and Vote campaign at the American Embassy in Lusaka.
The launch was attended by United States Department of State deputy assistant secretary for African affairs Todd Haskell, and a number of local musicians, who included Maiko, his wife, Sista D, and daughter Mwiza, Petersen Zagaze, Cleo Ice Queen and Mumba Yachi, among others.
Dear Mama is dedicated to B-Flowâ€™s late mother, while Go Out and Vote is a voter education project.
B-Flow, who is President Obama Young African Leaders Initiative fellow, gave a speech at the launch.
He started the speech on a lighter note.
â€œA popular local saying goes like this: Uwushitasha mwana wa ndoshi, which is simply translated as â€˜only a sorcererâ€™s child does not show appreciationâ€™.
â€œI would like to assure you that I am not a witch or wizardâ€™s child and that is why I would like to begin my speech by expressing my heartfelt gratitude to President Obamaâ€™s Young African Leaders Initiative, Ambassador (Eric) Shultz, the Embassy of the United States of America, the people and government of the United States for supporting and fuelling my dream of turning my Music 4 Change Initiative into a much-greater reality through the prestigious Mandela Washington fellowship.
â€œI cannot forget to thank Wagner College for hosting me and enlightening me to unlock the potential of my music. I am especially grateful for the mentorship programme. My dedicated mentor is ensuring that my experience in the United States becomes just the beginning of the process and not the end of it.â€
He said the launch of Dear Mama and Go Out and Vote is part of the fulfilment of his leadership development plan, which he mapped out during the fellowship and to which he is fully committed to complete as the year progresses.
â€œIt is my clearly laid-out road map, which will see me adhere to the structured and deliberate approach towards making music an effective vehicle for positive change in our society.
â€œâ€¦I appeal to all artistes, media houses, Government and the nation at large to support and be part of my Music 4 Change initiative and join in advocacy against voter apathy, political violence, gender-based violence, HIV and AIDS and child marriages,â€ B-Flow said.
He says he is persuaded that the dream of a better Zambia can become a reality if all the people rise to the challenge of making a positive impact in their spheres of influence.
STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka