YANDE SYAMPEYO, Lusaka
MUSCIANS have bestowed former President Kenneth Kaunda with a Legacy Achievement Award and Lifetime membership of the Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) for his contribution to the growth of the music industry.
And Dr Kaunda says he will continue to use music to unite people in the country, African continent and beyond.
ZAM president Njoya Tembo said the industry is indebted to honour Dr Kaunda for the immense role he played in the development of Zambian music and arts during his reign.
Mr Tembo said this on Friday night at Mika Convention Centre in Chongwe ,where the artistes hosted Dr Kaunda’s 93rd Birthday Bash.
The musicians presented the former President with a guitar and a Bible to enable him to continue preaching peace through music.
Mr Tembo said that during his reign, Dr Kaunda, who is a musician, also used music to unite Zambians.
“Dr Kaunda did not abandon his God-given talent of music even when he was President. Through his songs such as the ‘Tiyende Pamodzi’, you can tell the intention of the song writer to bring us together as a nation.
“As musicians, we have also brought you a Bible so that you can continue to quote other Bible verses and preach peace,” he said.
Mr Tembo said the former President also appointed the late and veteran artist Lazarus Tembo as Minister of Arts and Culture and decreed that 75 percent of airplay be local content to grow the industry.
Dr Kaunda, through his son Kaweche, accepted the award, stating that he uses music to unite people and raise awareness.
He implored leaders in the country to emulate Dr Kaunda by being patriotic and foster unity among Zambians.
Minister of Water, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Lloyd Kaziya, who presented the award to Dr Kaunda, said the former President is a symbol of unity and his legacy speaks volumes.
Mr Kaziya also informed the gathering that government had replaced the National Arts Policy Act with the National Arts Culture and Heritage Act.
He implored the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) to work with musicians in fighting piracy, which has seemingly gone out of hand.
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) secretary general Sindiso Ngwenya hailed Dr Kaunda for being a pioneer in the establishment of SADC.
Mr Ngwenya said Dr Kaunda has continued to assist the regional grouping to attain the Africa 2063 agenda.