CHAMBO NGâ€™UNI, Kabwe
LOCAL musicians have been in the spotlight recently with the acquittal of Pilato and the release from prison of General Kanene.
Over Pilato, the Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) got some flack after saying they had nothing to do with him.
But the association is nonetheless happy with the way things have unfolded.
â€œWeâ€™re happy that Platoâ€™s case did not go any furtherâ€¦the perception that ZAM cast him away has no basis. As an association, we only detached ourselves from his work but we are still committed to representing his interests as a Plato,â€ ZAM chairman Njoya Tee says.
And forget what General Kanene did or did not do after being pardoned, but ZAM was still happy that the musician was able to get a presidential reprieve.
â€œWe are very excited not that we agree with the offence that brought him â€˜General Kanene)â€™to prison but the President has exercised prerogative of mercy. What we can say to â€˜General Kaneneâ€™, he shouldnâ€™t be very excited and forget where he is coming from,â€ Njoya stressed in an interview shortly after General Kanene was freed.
â€œIt is important that he should be very reflective as he goes to society and let him make up his mind not to disappoint the Republican President because as you heard from him [President] â€˜General Kaneneâ€™ is being sent as an ambassador for the President to speak against and fight defilement. All we can say to him is to use this second chance positively for the good of the nation.â€
Meanwhile, ZAM will soon hold a stakeholders workshop dubbed â€œFreedom of expression: Is there limit for musicians?â€
The meeting is aimed at helping musicians understand matters of freedom of expression so that they do not find themselves on the wrong side of the law with their artistic works.
Among stakeholders expected to partner with ZAM are Law Association of Zambia, Media Institution of Southern Africa, the Church and veteran musicians.
At the meeting, ZAM will also discuss the way forward and how to face the future especially that Zambia will be having elections next year.
Njoya noted that musicians have been contracted by political parties while others are siding themselves with certain groupings.
â€œWe want to be very strategic as we face next year because we have to have positive influence and contribute positively to peace which Zambia has enjoyed for the last 50 years,â€ he says.
CHAMBO NGâ€™UNI, Kabwe