By Terence Miselo
VETERAN musician Brian Chengala Shakarongo has maintained that musicians need to organise themselves and form a union if they are to have their problems addressed.
Responding to calls by musician CQ that artistes need a union for musicians last Saturday, Shakarongo said the current representation from Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) and National Arts Council(NAC) was not adequate and strong enough to sort out the problems musicians face.
“A union is a strong force formed by professionals. Professional musicians need to come together and form this union if they want to make progress. It will be a strong voice because it will be independent and will not be compromised,” he said. Shakarongo said professional musicians are those that record music and are offering different services to hotels, clubs, restaurants, corporate institutions, music promoters and all that play a role of employers, the reason a union would be ideal.
“ ZAM and NAC are both Government affiliates and this will be difficult for them to represent musicians’ grievances. Musicians are employed by hotels, clubs, promoters and all those that seek their services, in this way, a union will represent them fully if they have disputes with their employers,” Shakarongo said. Last week musician CQ said there was need for a formation of the union for musicians if the industry was to address the many problems musicians are facing in Zambia today.