CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
THE National Arts Council (NAC) says it is impressed with the quality of music by a gospel choral group called Serene and has pledged to help it get airplay on the One Gospel channel on DStv.
NAC assistant director for performing and literary arts Mwiche Chikungu said on Saturday during a concert held by Serene at Kabwata Seventh day Adventist (SDA) church, that the group has an international appeal.
“This is world class music here, we will engage the team from One Gospel Channel which is in the country so that your music can play on their channel. I would love to see you (singing) on television one day,” she told the elegantly dressed singers who melodiously sung some moving hymns.
Mwiche said Serene, which congregants at Kabwata SDA church, has the potential to market Zambia’s musical talents.
“Zambia is a singing nation and even our anthem says we should stand and sing of Zambia proud and free,” she said.
The 13-member choir sang songs such as Battle of Jericho, The blood and Touch Your People Once Again, much to the amazement of the congregants.
And in an interview with the Weekend Mail, Serene chairperson Nkonde Kaposamweo described NAC’s commendation of the singing group as “humbling”.
“We didn’t expect that (commendation), it was so humbling because we are looking for a platform to share our serene gospel music to the more people,” Nkonde said.
Serene has so far recorded a single titled Konditola, loosely translated as Take Me, which was composed by Lameck Mwanza.
“We’ve other songs we’re yet to record such as Hena, We Chalo, Sinners, How Shall It Be, Mufutuli and I Am Weak. Most of our songs are composed by our members Cliff Mooya and Don Kaposamweo,” Nkonde explained.