CHAMBO NG’UNI, Kabwe
DANCEHALL artiste T-Sean last Saturday led on scores of youths who thronged the Kabwe Civic Centre for Ishiwi (my voice) road show.
The Ishiwi project is an initiative by BBC Media Action, Restless Development and KNC Radio of Kabwe aimed at giving the youth a platform to exercise some of their social responsibilities.
With T-Sean’s latest song with T-Bwoy “Don’t Lead Me On” proving such a hit among young people, it was no surprise that the road show held on a section of Kabwe’s Freedom Road in front of Civic Centre attracted good attendance.
They may not know this; the video of “Don’t Lead Me On” was shot at the slag dump at the closed Kabwe Mine.
In a way, T-Sean was very much at home.
When DJ Shofolo of KNC Radio announced T-Sean appearance on the trailer of a truck that served as a performing stage, the young audience was understandably excited.
Before him, Drimz, B’flow and upcoming musicians Yo Maps, Splash and Trip Cezo also sang “Amaka We Shewi”, a song on the Ishiwi project.
They also sang their individual songs.
Drimz and B’flow are no strangers to audiences in Kabwe as it is there that they have their roots.
But despite the familiarity, the audience does not seem to tire of them.
However, T-Sean proved a breath of fresh air.
T-Sean was being backed his younger brother Willy before T-Bwoy later joined him on stage.
T-Sean performed hit after hit; “Pa Ntambo”, “Will You Marry Me”, “Mulipo”, “Sembe Boza”, “Bana Chanda” and “Kopanda Iwe”.
When they performed “Don’t Lead Me On”, just before they left the stage, T-Bwoy finally told the audience: “We made this song here. This song has a lot to do with Kabwe.”
For B’flow, who is one of the artistes working with BBC Community Media, Restless Development and KNC on the Ishiwi project, punctuated his singing with words of encouragement to young people to exercise their democratic rights and hold their elected leaders to account for promises they make.
The Music for Change Goodwill Ambassador B’flow said people should not only vote but participate in their governance of their communities and country.
CHAMBO NG’UNI, Kabwe