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Chef, Mumba Yachi wow HeforShe

CHEF 187 (left) and Mumba Yachi performing at the HeforShe campaign concert in Solwezi on Saturday. PICTURE: MWAPE MWENYA.

SOLWEZI had a sample of what the people of Lusaka have been enjoying thanks to the talent of two conscientious musicians, Chef 187 (Kondwani Kaira) and Mumba Yachi.
In attendance were traditional leaders, senior government officials, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) staff, Minister of Gender Nkandu Luo and a diverse local audience.
The venue was Solwezi Teachers Training College. The occasion was to mark the beginning of the HeforShe programme, which is the UN Women’s Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality bringing together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.
Then, Chef 187 and Mumba Yachi, who are the music champions for the HeforShe programme, took to the stage with songs like Wala-Wala, Foolish Me and Somone.
Boy, who was not ecstatic!
Now, this was more like a concert.
Well, it was also about gender, and rightly so. The two musicians communicated the gender message to the audience through the song Ulemu Ku Mwana Mukazi, which talks about everyone being equal regardless of their sex.
Some young people, seemingly unaware what the hullabaloo was all about, were among the most active on the dance floor. Perhaps for them, the message was in the beats.
But the occasion was just the appropriate one to transmit the gender message.
Professor Luo, who could not resist the music and joined others on the dance floor, took advantage of the occasion to encourage young people in the audience to be drivers of gender equality.
“This is why the ministry has come up with the ‘Boy to Men’ programme, which will soon be launched. We want boys to grow into responsible men thereby respecting women and not be treating them as inferior partners,” the minister said.
For those who enjoyed the music, the four hours that the show lasted was not enough. It is understandable; it is rare that they get to see the likes of Chef and Mumba Yachi live on stage.

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