10 November 2012

Zambia: Ndola Blind Musician Calls for Coverage

A Ndola-based visually impaired artiste has appealed to the electronic media house to avail him enough air-time so that he can show-case the depth of his talent which can contribute to the development of the Zambian music industry.

Self-proclaimed kalindula legend, Joel Mwansa is a talented vocalist of Ndola's Hillcrest Lion's school for the Blind.

He told Times Entertainment that his music had the credentials to change the scope of the current music industry which he described as amateurish.

Mwansa, aged 59, started his music career while at Mambilima primary School for the Blind in Luapula province.

While at Mambilima, Mwansa was a member of the school choir and also formed a band which performed during school functions and church services.

Mwansa later moved to woodlands school for the disabled from where he completed his secondary school in 1980's.

He then moved to Ndola where he started teaching at Hillcrest Lions School for the Blind.

Mwansa took up an active role in music and before long was called for a live studio recording with the late minister in the Unip government Lazarus Tembo at the then Zambia Broadcasting Service.

The highest point in Mwansa's career came in 1993 when he signed a contract with Teal Records Company in Ndola.

However, his hopes were dashed soon after the investors decided to pull out leading to the closure of Teal Records.

Since then life in music has proved to be a challenge for Mwansa who has only managed to perform a few times as a backing vocalist with the Distro-Kuomboka Band.

He, however, remains optimistic that with support from the media and other stakeholders, his music can help revive Kalindula music which is slowly losing its opulence.

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