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 2010-10-07 04:52 am Back to NEWS
Musicians complain over Amayenge’s Nigeria trip with Rupiah
 File Picture: ZAM chairman Maiko Zulu

The Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) has protested against the inclusion of musicians on President Rupiah Banda’s recent trip to Nigeria without approval from the National Arts Council (NAC).

In a letter to President Banda dated October 5, 2010, which was also copied to the Minister of Community Development and Social Services and the director of NAC, ZAM chairman Maiko Zulu complained to the President:

Dear Sir, 

RE: MUSICIANS’ DELEGATION ON THE PRESIDENTIAL TRIP TO NIGERIA. 

We are writing in reference to the above-mentioned subject. Following His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda’s state visit to Nigeria, we learnt through the Thursday 30th September 19.00 hours main news bulletin on ZNBC TV that the Presidential delegation included a team of musicians from Zambia,”
Zulu stated. The letter continues:

“In as much as we are pleased with the inclusion of musicians on the President’s delegation, we wish to register our disappointment with the manner in which the artistes where included as part of the said entourage. We strongly feel that government should have consulted with the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM), which are the bodies entrusted by government itself through the National Arts Council Act of 1994, to be custodians of the music industry and musicians in Zambia.


Zulu stated that ZAM had not received any communication from State House or indeed the National Arts Council with regards to the inclusion of musicians on the trip to Nigeria.

“We, therefore, wish to advise the delegation leader to consider following the already established channels of communication when dealing with musicians at national and indeed international level,” Zulu stated. “We as an association are working hard in order to bring sanity to our industry and we consider the use of musicians without our knowledge or that of our mother body, the National Arts Council as a situation which stands to undermine the very purpose why NAC and ZAM are in existence.”

Zulu stated that being the highest office in the land for musicians, ZAM expected recognition and regard especially where musicians were involved.

“We would like to think this was an oversight on your part, which will be corrected especially that there is already correspondence between our office and State House and a pending meeting between the President and ourselves,” Zulu stated.

“We trust that our concerns will be taken into account and we hope to see more investment prospects resulting from the President’s trips and we thank you in anticipation.”

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