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King Dandy at 40: Donchi Kubeba!

WITH one eye on the international market, Dandy Krazy is this April expected to launch his latest album titled ‘King Dandy at 40’ on which the song Pukunya will feature.
King Dandy, as the Kitwe-based musician likes to call himself, says he is looking to market himself more internationally in the new year.
Last year, the Donchi Kubeba singer had a number of shows in the United States performing in Orlando Florida, Atlanta Georgia, Dallas, Texas, New York, Chicago, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.
But as is the case with most of these outside shows involving local artistes, they are mostly for Zambians based in that particular city or location.
But Dandy wants to go an extra mile; he wants to have a place on the international market much like other artistes from countries like Nigeria and South Africa.
It is not something that is easy; you must have something unique to offer.
Among the local artistes to have cultivated a following outside the country are Mampi and Roberto.
But Dandy Krazy says every Zambian artiste’s aspiration to try and improve so that they can penetrate the international market just like other African musicians are doing.
“Our music should reach another level to be sold on the international market, like is the case with our fellow musicians, from Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and South Africa. Just to mention a few countries,” he told the Weekend Mail in an interview.
For now though, his eyes are focused on launching his new album King Dandy at 40.
He wants it to be double launch to take in Kitwe and Lusaka.
“The album project is almost completed and there will be a big launch on the Copperbelt and Lusaka, which is likely to be attended by an international artist,” he says.
The King Dandy at 40, is a 12-track project, which apart from the song Pukunya, literally translated as shake in reference to how some Zambian women dance, has other songs like Nchololo.
“The song Nchololo is a welcome song for a friend who has been away for some time,” he explained the meaning behind the Bemba song.
Dandy says the launch of the album will also include the introduction of Big Stage Africa, an incorporated company aimed at empowering musicians in Zambia.
Artists such as Slap D, Macky II and Afunika are part of the Big Stage Africa project which will brand his launch of King Dandy at 40.
The project will have offices on the Copperbelt and Lusaka to act as meeting venues for musicians.
Meanwhile, King Dandy is looking beyond music.
“I want to go into architecture and construction, as well as farming activities,” he says.

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