MUSCIANS should avoid songs that have hurt messages and promote political violence but should come up with songs that promote peace and unity in the country, Zambia Association of Musicians Njoya Tembo has said.
Mr Tembo said this during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Arts Council of Zambia (NAC) and Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) at the handover ceremony of musical & sound equipment in Lusaka on Friday.
Mr Tembo further said that he was happy with the gesture of NAC by giving them musical and sound equipment as a way of recognising their abilities as an association which would help them benefit from the growth and development of the music industry in Zambia.
He explained that musicians had been challenged in taking advantage of opportunities for growth due to numerous factors including but not limited to poor infrastructure, access to capital and access to quality and affordable sound equipment for their various shows, concerts and live performances.
Mr Tembo said that with the new equipment, there would be a change in the music industry, hence making the future for musicians brighter.
Meanwhile, NAC vice chairman Bright Tembo urged ZAM to guard jealously the equipment and ensure that whatever limited resources were to be utilised accordingly.
Mr Tembo said the association would not hesitate to take back their equipment if it was not looked after well in the interest of musicians and the members.
And Ministry of Tourism & Arts Permanent Secretary Stephen Mwansa said the initiative by NAC would give musicians access to the equipment that was desperately needed.
Mr Mwansa said he hoped that ZAM endeavoured to empower young and upcoming musicians who were key beneficiaries of the initiative and appealed to the association to utilise the equipment for training, generating revenues and development of new talent.
He further said his Ministry would also donate a computer and a printer to enable them starts their secretariat.
Others in attendance were Patron of the Zambia Association of Musicians Dr. Lawrence Sikutwa, Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda and artistes.