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Given Lubinda is NATAAZ patron


THE National Theatre Arts Association of Zambia (NATAAZ) has appointed Minister of Agriculture and lifelong music and theatre supporter Given Lubinda as its patron.
NATAAZ becomes the third arts association to appoint a patron after the National Media Arts Association (NAMA) and the Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) appointed former Cabinet minister and Mpika Central member of Parliament Mwansa Kapeya and Lawrence Sikutwa and Associates group chairperson Lawrence Sikutwa as patrons.
The installation of Lubinda as patron at Lusaka Playhouse last Saturday, after artistes marched against political violence from the Lusaka Post Office through Church Road down to the theatre house, was really no brainer.
NATAAZ could not have looked really beyond Lubinda, who has been a fervent supporter of the arts in general, and music and theatre in particular. A former member of Tikwiza Theatre, he even gave NATAAZ some office space at the Kabwata constituency office.
A three-term Kabwata MP, he is seeking re-election in next month’s elections where he is coming up against Maiko Zulu, another former Tikwiza Theatre member and a close colleague.
NATAAZ, a merger of the Theatre Association of Zambia (TAZ) and the Zambia National Theatre Arts Association (ZANTAA), will be hoping that Lubinda’s name will help change its fortunes for the better.
The association has been in free fall for a long time, and both this year and last year, it struggled to hold its national theatre festival.
But amid all this, it found a voice last week when its members marched against the ugly spectacle of political violence.
Explaining the idea behind the march against political violence, Chibale said one of the roles of the artistes is to add a voice to national matters.
“Our responsibility is to reflect societal trends in an effort to influence positive reactions and also influence corresponding progressive government reaction to demands of the majority. Our country is currently going through political campaigns. Pockets of violence have been reported in some places. It is our responsibility as artists to play advocacy and send out messages of peace and promote violence- free campaigns in the run-up to the August 11 elections,” he explained.

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