Personal Effects

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I write not out of a sense of obligation or duty

Not for the art of poetry nor its beauty

I write for me, a little selfish I know

I write to soothe the real life hurts of my tested soul

To keep my brewing emotions still, I know y’all wonderful people

But it sounds so forced whenever you say you know how I feel

Trust me, you don’t

But then again, I might be wrong

I’m a squirrely character absorbed by this self-indulgent melancholy

And if you really think about it, it’s a plea for help tied with a bow of green folly

Long story, short version

One thing remains certain;

This time I need more than just a favour

I need God now more than ever

Young producers urge fellow musicians to be passionate

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TWO upcoming hip hop producers have urged artistes to be passionate and innovative in order for Zambian music to be recognized.

Speaking in an interview with Lusaka Star Taonga Zulu also known as ‘Teazy’ says there is need for both musicians and producers to have an understanding of music and their environment in order to have an impact of the global musical scene.

“Most people doing music today are unaware of what is going on around them but are so eager to go to the studio hoping people will appreciate what they create, ” he said.

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Mr. Zulu said both veterans and novices in the music business needed to have mutual respect for each other in order to make music worth listening to.

He added that there was need for a fusion between the new energy and the older crop of musicians for the creation of a new, evolved Zambian sound.

Mr. Zulu pointed out that the essence of collaboration in music is for two different lovers of music to create something that complements the others creativity.

“Ultimately my mission is not to work with big names but to work with anyone with whom I can create a new jazz/ hip hop sound with an African touch,” he said.

He challenged seasoned music producers to lend a hand to the young and inexperienced producers to help them make a mark on the music scene.

Meanwhile, fellow producer Champemba Chileshe also known as ‘Mr. Champs’ says in today’s world reading was a necessity for producers stating that understanding sound depended on constant study and practice.

He said ardent reading was important for the personal and artistic growth of producers.

“Music is meant to bring a positive mindset to the listener and reading helps in forming an attitude on the part of the creator,” he noted.

Mr. Champemba said young producers had the task to bring in a new wave of creativity to the music scene.

Mr. Champs and Teazy have worked on many projects with various local musicians and collaborated to create a mix tape called Genesis last year.

Writer’s plight

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The very instant I hold a pen

My blood can feel the strain

Generated by the impending poem

And the mood accordingly changes from tranquil to solemn

In the same way an ailing man longs for the healing power of a herb

I too desire the vigour possessed by a verb

Its heartiness, pumping life into my weary soul

Reassures me to spread my wing and let go

Igniting images of an unshackled bird

Set free by the sincerity of each word

Flying high in the hush skies

As the warmth of the sun moistens its eyes

Causing them to glisten

While it faintly listens

To the words spoken by the child in me who burns

With an impatient desire and yearns

To be the custodian of the frail sanctuary where my poetry lies

He is however bound by my perennial lies

Hence, whenever I write

I’m placing upon myself this child’s plight

Kabwata customers happy with water utility company’s initiative

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LUSAKA Water and Sewerage Company customers in Kabwata are pleased with the utility company’s introduction of prepaid water metres.

In an interview with Lusaka Star, Tamara Mwale said she is happy with the service hours of the Kabwata branch.

“I have not experienced any poor service like the branch not selling water units over the weekend, they are quite efficient,” she added.

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Another customer Chileshe Bwalya said he prefers the new prepaid metres to the old fixed billing system as one can plan how much water they use in a month.

He pointed out that customers are better off with the prepaid water metres as they only pay for the water they use.

“The metres were introduced with the customer’s budget in mind and the company has to be commended for this brilliant idea,” Bwalya said.

And Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company Kabwata branch manager Ason Banda said the branch hopes all of its ten thousand Kabwata area customers will have prepaid metres installed by June as the metres have already been procured and are only awaiting installation.

Banda noted that the installation which started in late 2013 is still ongoing as the Kabwata area is quite large and covers residential areas from the Kamwala shopping area to the border of Libala and Chilenge.

“So far about seven thousand of the total customers have had the metres installed and the exercise is creating a buzz among customers,” Banda explained.

He added that the installation of prepaid metres is exciting as customers are responding well to the high water pressure being maintained since the start of the exercise.

He further said that several recommendations are made to customers before installation.

No immediate change in educational materials – Longman

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LONGMAN Publishers Zambia has reassured consumers that there will be no immediate change in its educational materials following the introduction of local languages at primary school level last year.

Speaking in an interview with Lusaka Star, Longman Zambia sales manager Mabvuto Zulu explained the company has for sometime now been publishing materials for grades one to seven in local languages and is for now unaffected by the syllabus change.

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“This is not a new thing for us, we have been producing materials in the local languages and we will continue with this practice with the change in primary school syllabus,” he said.

Zulu pointed out that the company will only make changes to its publications if requested by the Curriculum Development Commission.

He added that although Longman Zambia has a bias for primary level education, the company also carters for the secondary and tertiary levels.

“Of course most of our materials are for the lower and primary levels, this is because we try to strengthen the educational foundation of our students,” he said.

Zulu further added that it is due to the company’s commitment to developing the Zambian educational sector that it has grown into the country’s leading publisher of educational materials.

Meanwhile, Liseteli Lubinda a primary school teacher in Lusaka has commended the move by government to introduce local languages as it will ensure students cherish their heritage through their school years.

Lubinda noted that since the introduction of local languages in the primary syllabus most pupils have become aware and appreciative of their culture.

“Our children are now able to know certain words and things that are distinct to our culture and tradition that would otherwise be nonexistent or nameless in the English language,” he added.