KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
CHEF 187, whose older brother Macky II boycotted this yearâ€™s Zambian Breweries-sponsored Mosi Zambian Music Awards, won the Best Male Artiste at Thursdayâ€™s ceremony held at Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka, beating Jay Rox and Afunika.
But Jay Rox still ended up winning the Best Album Award for his Outside the Rox project as well as the Best Dancehall/RnB album, beating Petersenâ€™s King Solomon who got a consolation by winning the Best Songwriter Award where he was nominated alongside Chef and Afunika.
Kan2 won the Best Female Artiste Award, beating Ice Queen Cleo and Chileshe Bwalya, while Angela Nyirenda won the Best Traditional/ Kalindula Album for her Salary effort against Amfumu (Mutende Cultural Ensemble) and Walakotela Pangâ€™anda (Voice of Luapula).
But she lost out to Mumba Yachiâ€™s I am Lenshina when it came to the Best Live Recording Album, as did Mutende Cultural Ensemble.
Amayenge Asoza rightly received the lifetime achievement award with B East by Bobby East coming top in the Hip Hop/ Rap Album category where he was nominated against Best Before Forever (KRYTIC) and Black na White (Slap D,) who however, withdrew.
Minister of Tourism and Arts Jean Kapata, her permanent secretary Stephen Mwansa, Zambian Breweries managing director Annabelle Degroot, National Arts Council (NAC) chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe and Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) chairman Njoya T were in attendance at the awards ceremony.
Commenting on the winners, Degroot said: â€œThe hours you spent penning lyrics, in recording studios and shooting music videos with the type of quality and standard that gets you and the nation noticed across the continent deserves to be recognised and applauded.â€
The minister said with support from partners such as Zambian Breweries, the government can promote Zambian art and culture to greater profitable heights capable of making a significant contribution to the countryâ€™s gross domestic product.
â€œThis year, the awards are particularly exciting and as a ministry, we are proud to be associated with the Mosi Day of Thunder as well. As a nation, we will be celebrating our music and our culture. This will go a long way in promoting not only our tourism but also our cultural heritage,â€ Kapata said.
The awards ceremony, which has grown to be the highlight of the music industry calendar in the last four years, brought together the nationâ€™s best performers, producers and artistes for a celebration of all genres from Kalindula to hip hop, and from RnB to rap.
The full list of the winners is as follows: Best Live Recording Album – I am Lenshina By Mumba Yachi; Best Lead Guitarist – David Andish; Best Bass Guitarist – David Kasochi; Best Keyboard Player – Jones Samalama; Best Drummer – Smith Phiri; Best Songwriter – Petersen Zagaze; Best Studio Music Producer – DJ Mzenga Man; Life-time Achievement Award – Amayenge Asoza; Best Dancehall/RnB album – Outside the Rox By Jay Rox; Hip Hop/ Rap Album – B. East by Bobby East; Best Traditional/ Kalindula Album – Salary by Angela Nyirenda; Best Female Artist – Kan2; Best Male Artist – Chef 187; Best Album – Outside the Rox By Jay Rox; Best Female Radio DJ – Linzie Radio 4 FM ZNBC; Best Male Radio DJ -Showstar Hone FM and Best New/Upcoming Artiste â€“ Wezi.
KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka