Reggae star Maiko Zulu is new ZAM chairman
REGGAE artiste Maiko
Zulu, formerly St. Michael, has been elected Zambia
Association of Musicians (ZAM) chairman with gospel
singer-cum-pastor Boyd Ngosa as deputy.
During the ZAM extraordinary conference on Tuesday
at Lusaka's Fairview Hotel, Callen Chisha popularly known as 2wice was
voted secretary general with Petersen of the Bobojani fame as
Chisenga Katongo popularly known as C.R.I.$.I.$.
was elected publicity secretary after overcoming competition from Njoya
Chembe Mkonsha a.k.a MC Wabwino was voted treasurer general
while Moses Sakala of the Sakala Brothers is the projects
The position of research and documentation secretary went to
Mainza Ndiili otherwise known as Jonto, with Towera Nyirongo, Davies
Ngoma a.k.a Nasty D and Ian Nyirenda ushered in as committee
The new disciplinary committee comprises Levy Sakala, Ras
Willie, Dambisa, Brian Chilala and Mweembe Munthu.
Maureen Lilanda pledged financial support to ZAM. Maureen urged ZAM members to
refrain from finger-pointing.
Maiko said it was time to reorganise the
association. "Don't be surprised if we come to you for advice. This is an
executive that has come with fire, probably holy fire, to wipe out the
negativity that has engulfed the music industry.
"We are still a limping
child as far as Zambian music is concerned so the media needs to have a soft
spot for this organisation because we are just starting," he said.
urged ZAM members to encourage more artistes to join the association.
Arts Council (NAC) has the mandate of taking care of ZAM starting at a point
where we have no resources…and of course you as our members need to start
encouraging more artistes to become members.
"We don't have a union as
artistes but ZAM can take up the challenge and all the suggestions will be
welcome," he said.
Maiko reiterated the need for ZAM to strengthen itself
in other provinces.