Contemplating musicianIt’s important to realize that just because someone holds a degree in music doesn’t necessary means they are good. Not all musicians are created equal. The problem many musicians are suffering from is a recognition problem. They can’t seem to recognize the music they want to play and how to identify music by pointing out a few things that should be obvious but apparently aren’t.

Musicians without vision will fail. Musicians who lack vision cannot inspire, motivate performance or create sustainable value. Poor vision or a non-existent vision will cause musician to fail. Musicians who lack character or integrity will not endure the test of time.

The best musicians are acutely aware of how much they don’t know. They have no need to be the smartest artist but have the unyielding desire to learn from others.




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  • Since that bandit, Leopold II, the King of Belgium, seized that huge territory now called the Democratic Republic of Congo and turned it into personal property, its people have never known peace and stability.

    Bandits of all sorts have since the Berlin Conference of 1885 made the Congo their target for plunder and its people the subjects of exploitation, repression, degradation and humiliation.

    It is not difficult to guess why our people in that part of the world have never been left alone to peacefully develop themselves. It is simply because that territory is one of the richest parts of the world. Creation endowed it with so many resources – water, forests, minerals, strong human beings and so on and so forth. And as such, the bandits who prospered by plundering the resources of that territory have never allowed it to be governed in an effective, efficient, orderly and stable manner. Efforts by Patrice Lumumba and his followers were stopped. Lumumba was brutally murdered at the hands of these bandits. A local bandit agent in the name of Joseph Mobutu was installed to allow international bandits to continue the plunder and humiliation of that great people from whom we all in Zambia descend.

    Given the difficult history of that territory, the efforts at stabilisation and even development made by Joseph Kabila cannot be dismissed as nothing. It is not in dispute that no leader has ever brought some sense of sanity to that territory as Joseph Kabila has done. For that, he deserves respect and support.

    There is the issue of limit for term of office. Joseph Kabila, under the current constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo, will not be allowed to have another term of office. But there is nothing that should stop the sovereign people of the Democratic Republic of Congo to change their constitution if they so desire and agree. The people of Rwanda have done the same and they have done it in a manner that can be said to have had sufficient consensus. What should really matter is the wish of the Congolese. It is not something that anyone from outside should dictate to them. Our main interest in that territory should be peace, stability and progress. We say this because in a world in which freedom and peace truly reign and people’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence are truly respected, democracy will have many forms of expression.

    The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo should be allowed to find a form of expression of democracy that truly suits their conditions. From the very beginning, there have been attempts to divide the people of that territory into a thousand parts and thus weaken them. Secessionist groups have been sponsored by all sorts of bandits who are exploiting the resources and the people of that country. They don’t want a strong and stable government in that territory because that will make it difficult for them to continue the plunder, exploitation and humiliation of that great people.

    It is, therefore, important that any form of governance that the people of that territory adopt should promote unity and as much consensus as possible. The subordination of the Democratic Republic of Congo to other countries must disappear before any talk of democracy in that country can be meaningful. A country can only be democratic if it is independent. In the condition the Democratic Republic of Congo is in today, what is more important is achieving a form of governance that increases unity and stability. A divided Democratic Republic of Congo will not be able to tackle its many problems and challenges and will continue to be an easy prey for the bandits.

    It is, therefore, a duty of all progressive and democratic Africans to support initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo that work in the direction of unity, peace and stability. And right now, the leading force, in our view, in that direction is Joseph Kabila and his group. Weakening Joseph Kabila and his group will certainly not work to strengthen that country and increase unity, peace and stability among its people.

    And as for us Zambians, we should take keen interest in the happenings in that territory because that is the place of our origin. We are all Congolese in this country. The oldest ethnic groups in this country – the Mambwe, Lungu, Namwanga, Tumbuka and Subiya – left the Congo around 500 B.C. The second oldest ethnic groups in Zambia – Luyana and Nkoya – were Congolese who went to the south and around 450 A.D came back to settle in the western part of our country. These were followed by the Totela and Shanjo who came directly from the Congo between 500 and 550 A.D. Then came directly from the Congo the Tonga, Ila, Lenje, Sala, Soli and Chewa around 800 A.D. We further had direct migrations from the Congo the Kaonde (1000A.D), the Lamba, Lala, Swaka, Ushi, Bisa, Chishinga, Bwile, Nsenga, Ambo and Kunda between 1600 and 1700 A.D. The Lunda moved directly from the Congo to Luapula in 1700 A.D; the Bemba between 1700 and 1800 A.D; the Luvale, Chokwe and Lunda moved from the Congo directly into the North-Western Province of our country around 1800. We then had the Mbunda who had moved from the Congo into Angola coming back into Zambia between 1600 and 1700. The Sotho-Kololo group that moved from the south into the southern and western parts of our country in 1830 also had their origins in the Congo and so was a group of only men who moved from the Zulu kingdom into the eastern part of our country in 1835 and to become known as Ngoni. And almost all our chiefs or royal families came directly from the Congo and much later than the people they are ruling.

    Clearly, we Zambians are Congolese and we should take keen interest in the territory of our origin. For us, solidarity with the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo is not a choice but a duty, an obligation we have by birth.

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