THELMA BWALYA, Lusaka
CACTUS Agony, who has been recording and performing since 2000, says the music industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years and is still looking more and more promising.
With three albums released so far – Bush Territory (2008),Â The African Dream (2013) andÂ Chasing the Wind (2016) – Cactus (Humphrey Mwila) has been doing relatively well and is now looking to promote some diamonds in the rough.
â€˜Iâ€™m promoting both reggae and hip hop because, being the owner of a company promoting music, events and talent development, Iâ€™m in a position to promote and build artistes in all genres,â€ he says.
â€œ[But] Iâ€™ve been performing and promoting my 2016 album â€˜Chasing the Windâ€™ with the Uhuru Vibes band. The video for â€˜Kiss of Lifeâ€™, my first single from this album did well toping Zambezi Magic charts and is now enjoying airplay on MTV Base Africa.
â€œIâ€™ll be launching my second video [this Saturday] for a song called â€˜Fightâ€™ from â€˜Chasing the Windâ€™, which is a motivational song encouraging people to have a fighting spirit in life and all its situations.
â€œMy work with Admiral P, the Norway-based half Zambian half Norwegian reggae star under Zedway has continued. Zedway as a musical and cultural exchange initiative has gone from strength to strength.â€
Zedway stands for Zambia (Zed) and Norway (Way), and has been in existence for five years since Admiral P started it.
It has held many Zedway Splash concerts in Zambia and Norway over the years with the last one being last year at John Dees in Oslo City where the Jamaican reggae star Gyptian was the headline act. Cactus, Ras Milz, B Flow, Kayhaman, Ras Kinky and Admiral P were all opening acts.
The next Zedway Splash is at Club Zed in Lusakaâ€™s Kalingalinga this Saturday. Admiral P, Selector Daniel Lion and the Global Citizens Band are also expected in the country to conduct various musical activities in Lusaka.
Cactus and his friend DJ Johnjo also started the Mukango Movement, which is meant to encourage a reggae sound system culture in the country. They normally have regular shows at Club Zed.
THELMA BWALYA, Lusaka