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LUSAKA Mayor Miles Sampa has praised Kalandanya Music Promotions for creating a platform for Zam-bian music.
Speaking at the Kalandanya Music Promotions (KMP) launch at Mika Convention Centre on Friday night, Mayor Sampa praised KMP founder Bwalya Kalandanya for investing in artistes and giving them good mu-sic deals.Mayor Sampa was guest of honor at the event that saw top Zambian artistes display their great perfor-mance. This was a manifestation of what KMP stands for; promotion of authentic Zambian music and rais-ing the performance bar to a more satisfying level.The show also marked the beginning of the new journey in Zambian music where KMP hopes to boost the industry by investing in music talent and making artistes get the real value for their talent. Simply put, Kalandaya Music Promotions is set to ‘take over’.This was evidenced by a number of artistes that turned up for the event. Of course, majority are artistes signed on the music label but interestingly, these are big names in the Zambian music industry.For this reason, the launch which kicked off after 20:00 hours was mainly meant to unveil the artistes on the label. Although there were not as many people as highly anticipated, it was amazing to see the VIP section filled to capacity with encouraging support for Zambian music.Fans turned out to show real love and appreciation to their own and as such performances were balanced according to different genres. It was nice to see veteran musician Uncle Rex lead a young and energetic KMP Band that did an incredible job to back most artistes.Gospel music performed by Kings Malembe Malembe, Felix and Nathan Nyirenda led the way followed by a mixture of hip hop, Zambian rhythms and Afro pop. Dambisa, Yo Maps, Slapdee, Chef, Kadaffi, K’millian, Rich Bizzy, Shenky, Dandy, Mampi, Nez Long and Bobby East all had their share of live music offering not forgetting Ruff Kid, Chiko Chali, Mimi Krazy, Chester and of course sensational singer JK.It was even more enchanting to see the likes of Chanda Na Kay, Dope Boyz, Wilz and others give the show that energy it deserved. Surprise performances came from Mozegator, D-Bwouy and Leo.
The show was wonderfully coordinated by radio personality Mutale Mwanza and artiste DJ Cosmo.