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 2010-01-09 06:46 pm Back to NEWS
Maiko Targets Prisons for Album Launch

RENOWNED Zambian reggae artiste and activist Maiko Zulu wishes to take his sixth album "Justice for Hire" ("Kanitundila") to prisons where he plans to launch the project this year if authorities allow.

He says his project, designed to highlight issues in the Zambian judicial system and specially dedicated to the prisoners, is not meant for entertainment but to educate the masses on the current social and political situation.

Zulu's eight-track album whose Kanitudila concept he derived after a monkey memorably urinated on President Rupiah Banda as he addressed a State House press conference last June, has other politically inclined titles such as Who is Running this Circus, Afghanistan and Just a Little Herb among others.

Zulu says he will continue to use his talents to speak out for the voiceless and adds that his latest project closely relates to his experiences during his arrest last February when he was found in possession of cannabis and two firearms suspected to have been illegally obtained.

"I called it Justice for Hire because I think my arrest taught me a lot of underground stuff that is happening within our judicial system. And getting into prison I also learnt that there are a lot of people incacerated, yet you know they are not criminals per se, they are not guilty per se," he says.

"I'm therefore addressing this album to people in the judicial system, but also to my former inmates. There is a line which says 'one day freedom' for all the remandees. It is a common phrase or slogan for the convicts and the PIs (prohibited immigrants), and also it says I'm gonna piss (kanitundila) on them. We gonna piss on them, the lying politician, we'll piss on the fornicating bishop, we will piss on the corrupt public workers. Then it goes in to the kanitundila line."

He argues that although his music has not been playing on some radio stations, he is not worried as he hopes to reach his fans through other channels such as Facebook and other internet avenues.

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