STAFRANCE ZULU, Kitwe
THE Zambia Music Appreciation Day held in the Kitwe Showgrounds last Friday left a nostalgic feeling among those in attendance.How they wished they could go back to those good old days as they say. This was about delivering music that dominated airwaves back in the day.
But make no mistake, most of the musicians who appeared on stage are still going strong. Artistes like Nasty D for instance.
A singer by the name of Sinatra [no connection to Frank Sinatra] opened the show with his song Jenipher Bonaule before he was followed by Mack Pole Pole, Anastacia and Dark Knight.
Mampi followed on stage with Swililili before performing other old and new tracks. As you would expect with Mampi, the moment she hit the stage, fans were jostling for a vantage position.
You could say the show had started.
Mampi was followed by General Ozzy. His set included songs like Insala Nefiko, Pamodzi, Nimusanga, Osalila, Potential and Take My Heart.
After that, the show, which was being directed Robby Jerahyo and Tzee, took a different complexion when the indefatigable Nasty D made an appearance just after General Ozzy.
He took the audience down memory lane.
Beginning with Nganafulwa, Shanty Shanty, Fwelele Fyelele, Zambezi (Futi Yatelela), Aitaya and ending with Bombasa, you just had to appreciate.
Yet, there was more to come.
Israel, who back in the day was called Exile, also hit the stage. He delivered songs like Kufwaya Kwandi, It’s Alright, Am So Lucky, Auwe and House, Money, Car, his wife, Nalu’s song.
If you remember, It was House, Money, Car, released under Mondo Music, that announced Nalu on the local music front. At that time, everything looked rosy for the Zambian music industry.
But it still going rosy for the likes of B’flow who made a brief appearance on stage in the company of comedian Bikiloni and performed his song Side Plate (Wemunandi).
The show was not done yet.
Chef made an appearance with Ngabwacha, House Party Muka One Room, Kumwesu, Amnesia, Mundowe Ndowe which features Mumba Yachi and Neushibombela.
Chef was backed by Coziem who closed the show with his song Twikala Umukumo.
It was perhaps an apt conclusion; you can never roll back the days.
STAFRANCE ZULU, Kitwe