16 November 2012

Zambia: Shakarongo Challenges Zambia Breweries, NAC

Veteran Zambian Musician, Brian Shakarongo has challenged the National Arts Council of Zambia (NAC) and Zambian Breweries to explain their claims of organizing Zambia's " first ever music awards."

Shakarongo who stormed the Times of Zambia offices in vivid furry says it was annoying to see how NAC and Zambia Breweries to claim that this is the first ever music award when in the actual sense not.

According to information gathered by Times Entertainment, Zambia had its first Music awards presided over by Zambian first republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda on April 3 1981 making the "first Ever" claims by NAC and Zambian Breweries unfounded and untrue.

The awards were organized by the then National Music Industry Committee of which Shakarongo served as Secretary.

When contacted for comment over the claims, national Arts council of Zambia Chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe, acknowledged that indeed the awards were not the 'first ever' in the country but that the undertone "first ever" was derived from the fact that it is the first time government is partnering with the private sector to come up with a musical award that is intended to stand a test of time.

"We are not saying this is the first ever award in the country because like in the Kaunda government there were a number of awards and even in the recent past... but what should be emphasised is that in this new government, this is the first time such a partnership is taking off," says Mulenga.

But Shakarongo has insisted that NAC and Zambian Breweries should correct what he has described as misleading information currently running as a promotion on Television, on radio and even on posters.

He says NAC and its partner should find another way of announcing their first ever partnership and not the other way.

"This is having no regard for veterans who played a major role in the development of the Zambian music industry. As such we demand that NAC and Zambian breweries publicly apologise for misinforming the masses... and let them not end there, they should rephrase their advert".

"My point is other people cannot take credit from having organized the 'first ever' Music awards in Zambia at the expense of those distinguished men and women's efforts when 30 years ago they were nowhere near the arts or music industry," said Shakarongo.

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