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Artists to honour KK through music
- Updated: July 10, 2012
Zambian artists have teamed up with their international counterparts to honour first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda through a musical concert.
The concert, which will be called the ‘Kenneth Kaunda Tribute Concert’, will be held on October 20th this year under the theme; ‘One Zambia, One Nation’.
Chairperson of the Kenneth Kaunda Tribute Concert Brain Shakarongo said the concert is aimed at reminding people, especially the youths, of the important role the former President played in liberating Zambia and the region from colonial rule.
Mr. Shakarongo said as Zambia’s founding father, Dr. Kaunda played a critical role in initiating policies that promoted regional integration.
He added Dr. Kaunda was also among the founders of and the first chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Mr. Shakarongo said at a media briefing in Lusaka today that the concert will also provide a platform for Zambians to honour their founding father while he is still alive.
He said the concert is befitting in view of Dr. Kaunda’s passion for music, the contributions he made to the Zambian music industry and the fact that he himself is a musician.
He said the concert will also be used as an avenue of promoting values of unity and peace which Dr. Kaunda stood for and are embodied in the ‘One Zambia, One nation’ motto.
Mr. Shakarongo said the concert will attract over 50,000 people and will be graced by both local and international artists at a venue to be announced soon.
The chairperson said part of the proceeds of the event will go towards the Kenneth Kaunda Children of Africa Foundation and the establishment of the Shakarongo Music and Youth Resource Centre.
Meanwhile, Zambia Association of Musician (ZAM) president Miko Zulu has welcomed the initiative which will honour Dr. Kaunda. Mr. Zulu told ZANIS in an interview that the association is pleased that artists have used music, which he said helps to unite people, as a medium of honouring the former President-ZANIS.