|The Zambia Association of Musicians(ZAM) under the leadership of Njoya Tembo musically called Njoya T has scored another plus this year after receiving music and sound equipment from the National Arts Council(NAC) in a special signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding that will see the Association own this important equipment.|
The sound and music equipment which NAC purchased under donor support in 2007 for the purpose of raising funds through hires was until now, under its custody.
However, the two arts bodies on Friday at a ceremony held at the ZAM offices in the Show grounds reached an understanding to have the equipment under ZAM and help the association commercialize it to raise funds for its operations and support.
This important occasion was witnessed by various stakeholders and dignitaries including arts and tourism permanent secretary Mr. Stephen Mwansa, Kabwata MP and friend to the arts, Hon Given Lubinda as well as ZAM patron Dr.Lawrence Sikutwa.
Others were Mr. Victor Makashi, arts director in the Ministry of Tourism and Arts and ZAM legal adviser Mr. Oga Sitimela.
Following a random test of the equipment and music performances from ZAM member artistes present, NAC and ZAM sealed the deal through NAC vice chairperson Mr. Bright Banda and Njoya Tembo respectively.
“We would like to thank the National Arts Council for this gift and for recognizing our abilities as an association to responsibly manage this equipment and use it for the benefit of the growth and development of the music industry in Zambia,” said Njoya in his appreciation speech.
“As musicians we have been challenged in taking advantage of opportunities for growth due to numerous factors including but not limited to poor infrastructure, no access to capital and access to quality affordable sound equipment for our various shows, concerts and live performances. But I believe and know that this is changing. The future is looking brighter. This equipment presents an opportunity to service our membership through reduced rate hire of the equipment as well as operate a commercial service to private companies, Government departments, NGOs and the general public.”
On the other hand NAC insisted that ZAM must show responsibility by taking care of the equipment which is now valued at approximately 244,000 Kwacha.
And PS Mwansa said the arts and tourism ministry was going to take interest in providing assistance to ZAM through giving it business that will require the use of the equipment. He advised ZAM to take care of the equipment and use it for the sole purpose of sustaining the Association. He further advised the two bodies to consider insurance cover for the equipment and also pledged to help ZAM with a computer and printer to ensure its secretariat was fully-functional.