Jay Rox Wins Two Awards At The ZMAs

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Congratulations to Jay Rox on Wiining Two Awards at the 2016 Zambian Music Awards. Best Dancehall/RnB Album and Best Album Awards!!

Interview with Stasis Prey

Monday, April 25, 2016

Who is Stasis Prey and how did you guys meet?
Stasis Prey is a Zambian rock band which was formed in 2013. The times at which we all met is a bit staggered. Our two guitarists, Chana and Syn, are first cousins who grew up together. Our bass guitarist, Lerato, and Chana went to University together in Namibia and met there, where they played in a Hip Hop/Rock band together. But it was lead vocalist Tumelo who founded the band in 2013, initially recruiting Lerato, who brought Chana on board. Syn and drummer Abdul then followed.

When did you start writing/producing music - and what or who were your early passions and influences?
From as early as High School. Early passions and influences of the band are quite eclectic! Linkin Park are cited by nearly all the band members as an early influence.

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic work and/or career?
Personally, the moment I heard my eldest brother, Nkumbu, on a rap song. It was at a time when recording wasn't as easily accessible as it is today so it made me believe that it could be possible to do music that actually sounded good. - Lerato

What are currently your main compositional- and production-challenges?
Because we are a 5 piece band and every member is doing their own thing outside of the band, getting us all together regularly is a challenge, which trickles down to the rate at which we can compose new songs but thankfully because of technology we can work our way around it.
What do you usually start with when working on a new piece?
It depends on who composes the new piece as we all contribute. Typically, it will begin with a riff, that everyone else will expand on by giving their interpretation of it with their respective instrument.  

How strictly do you separate improvising and composing?
We don't really seperate them. We try to let the song dictate to us where it needs to go which can involve a fair amount of improv, or none at all!
Do you feel it important that an audience is able to deduct the processes and ideas behind a work
purely on the basis of the music? If so, how do you make them transparent?
We don't feel that this is of particular importance. The most important thing is that we are able to connect with the audience and get the message and the emotion across regardless of how the music was created.

In how much, do you feel, are creative decisions shaped by cultural differences – and in how much, vice versa, is the perception of sound influenced by cultural differences?
Creative decisions are often a driven by cultural differences. This is something we try to avoid, which would explain how we found ourselves in the genre of music that we are in, in the country that we are in! Perception of sound is also highly driven by cultural differences, which is something we have experienced because the genre of music we do isn't widely embraced in Zambia.

How often do you guys gig and where can people watch you perform next?
We try to gig as often as we can. We actually have three gigs lined up for the next 3 weeks. Our next gig will be at LsCon, there after (a week later) we have been asked to play at a tribute show for the legendary Jagari Chanda of The Witch. We then have a show at Bongwe on the 13th of May.

Check Us Out on  facebook page at www.facebook.com/stasisprey, a twitter page at www.twitter.com/stasisprey and you can search for Stasis Prey on instagram for our account there. 

Holstar Ft Rosah - Spirit Of A Champion

Monday, April 18, 2016

Holstar Presents his first single off the album “Dreaming In High Definition” titled “Spirit Of A Champion.” Spirit Of A Champion features Holstar’s long time collaborator Rosah formerly known as Young N9ne. Holstar and Rosah previously worked on songs such as Emotions Speak, Live Your Life and Stepping Stone Remix.

Spirit Of A Champion is a testimony if you will; to never give up on your dreams, fight for what you believe in and to give your best all the time.

The song is produced by Nigel who is based in the UK – Nigel hails from Zimbabwe and produced Holstar’s single “New Boma” that featured Jay Rox and Tiye-P.
The Intro and Outro Contain Excerpts from Maya Angelou and Koffi Annan Speeches from Free Info Society: www.freeinfosociety.com

Lookout for more updates on Holstar’s Album “Dreaming In High Definition.”

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Elefest 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Mokoomba announced as headline act!
14 May, Lusaka Showgrounds
Zambia goes Wild for the Music

#OurZambiaOurWildlife #ZambiaYanguVinyamaVatu

On 14 May, the herds will gather at the Lusaka Showgrounds to celebrate wildlife conservation in Zambia.After the success of last year’s first EleFest, the 2016 festival line-up has expanded with exciting new international acts, including Mokoomba, an acclaimed Zimbabwean Afropop band currently touring the US. Mokoomba will share the stage with several household names of Zambian afrojazz and soul who are trumpeting their support for the conservation of Zambia’s wildlife including Maureen Lilanda, James Sakala and the Elect Band, WeziHeartsound, MumbaYachi and KapiriMposhi 4.0.

These ele-gends of the Zambian music scene are currently working on a surprise collaboration about our wonderful wildlife. All epic talents in their own right, never before have they sung together and all the more reason for this important cause of highlighting conservation in Zambia. A video will be shot on location in Zambia’s breathtaking wilderness of the collaborators performing their inspiring song together. Watch out for this spine-tingler live on stage at the EleFest!

As well as music, EleFest will host entertaining and informative installations about wildlife wonders and the work being done to protect it. Festival goers can bring the kids along to the “Where the Wild Things Are” corner as well as sample the local food and drink!

Why EleFest? What’s the cause?

Our Wildlife…..what’s going on?

The Elephant population of Zambia is one of the most significant in Africa but their numbers are declining rapidly. Experts have reported that 100 elephants are being killed every day in Africa. Elephants are killed for their ivory tusks, which are used for ornaments and medicine mostly in Asia. It is illegal to be involved in elephant poaching or ivory trafficking in Zambia. If they are found guilty, elephant poachers can go to prison,for 5 to 20 years.

As well as elephants, Zambia is also home to the most trafficked animal on the planet: the pangolin. It is illegal to capture or sell these animals and people found guilty of this offence can go to jail for 5 years. Our pangolin population is at threat. If you see anyone selling a pangolin, you should report it immediately to Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW).

Its not just ivory and other trafficking but also the illegal bushmeattrade which threatens both pangolins and elephants as well as almost all other Zambian animals. Eating meat from wild animals killed illegally has been reported as the theprimary cause of decline of wild animals across Africa.Bushmeat is harvested mainly by the use of wire snares. Every day, poachers may use thousands of such snares across Zambia. It is estimated that almost 90% of animals caught in snares are not collected by poachers, but left to rot. Bushmeat poaching is the least efficient use of any wildlife resource. The bushmeat trade is in no way sustainable and highly destructive of Zambia’s wildlife. As well as damaging to the environment, eating bushmeat can also be very harmful to your health. Epidemiologists strongly suspect that infectious diseases such as Ebola and HIV jumped to human populations through the hunting and eating of bushmeat. Illegal bushmeat is often lumped together in unidentifiable bundles with consumers unaware of what animal they are eating and how hygienically the meat has been prepared and transported therefore risking dysentery and other zoonotic diseases.

In Zambia there are some legal game meat options from game farms but much of the meat that is available is illegal. Eating and trading in bushmeat without a licence is illegal. If found guilty, you can go to prison for 7 years.Next time you see bush meat on sale or being served, think twice. Is it legal? You can ask to see the Department of National Parks and Wildlife or Wildlife Producers Association of Zambia licences that legal producers should have. Buy legal game meat only!

If you see any wildlife trafficking or suspect illegal bushmeat trading or consumption you can report it immediately to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife’s (DNPW) Intelligence and Investigations Unit in Chilanga. DNPW have a good informer network. Join them to make a difference.

Our Zambia

Zambia is home to a breathtaking diversity of rare wildlife and habitats. It is home to the world’s largest mammal migration (Straw Coloured Fruit Bats, Kasanka National Park), second largest wildebeest migration (Liuwa Plains National Park), one of the world’s most important African Wild Dog strongholds (Kafue National Park) and Lion strongholds (South Luangwa National Park).The tourism industry employs more than 80,000 people and contributes more than K9.2 billion to Zambia’s economy every year. There is a huge growth potential for this industry especially as it doesn’t rely directly on rain or copper prices.

Have you visited our National Parks in Zambia? They are on our doorstep, make a plan and check out the Zambia Tourism website www.zambiatourism.com

EleFest supporters WWF Zambia have been working to support Zambia’s wildlife for over 50 years. The Lusaka office is located at Longacres Roundabout. WWF Zambia is involved in several different conservation projects in Zambia. This work is done through partnerships with government institutions, conservation organisations, private companies and many other partnerships.

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife under the Ministry of Tourism and Arts (previously known as ZAWA) carries out conservation efforts in Zambia with the support of many organisations including WWF Zambia. At the beginning of 2016, ZAWA moved back into GRZ under the Ministry of Tourism and Arts as a result of the Government’s dedication to conservation.

EleFest 2016 is supported primarily by WWF Zambia and Game Rangers International as well as many other organisations and people including Mojo, Benson Sound, A Jackson Design, Ad-dicts, Events Hire, Tanuger Travels, The Art Shop Limited and ProSigns Zambia.

To find out more join theEleFest 2016 event on facebook, twitter and instagram.
Doors open at midday on Saturday 14 May at the Lusaka Gymkhana Club.Tickets will be on sale from 14 April at the Four Seasons Bistro and the Lusaka Gymkhana Club, Showgrounds. Pre-sale: K100. On the door: K150. Children under 12: Free.

Interview with Chef Katatala

1.Who is Chef Katalala? 
Katatala is a 24 year old chef who achieved a grande diploma in culinary arts and wine from Prue Leigh chefs academy in centurion south Africa..I started in the culinary industry unprofessionally between 2009-2011 running a canteen which supplied staff meals to Zamanita,novatek and anti corruption commission also did small events like women's lunches birthday parties as well as throwing my own shin digs at the house.. In 2014 with half my savings and help from my mom I decided to take the professional route. After graduation I worked for restaurant called coobs pretty cool place only restaurant in Africa that gets 95%of its produce,ingredients and all products from their farm,if ever you're down there do try the pork belly its life changing. While on prac I worked with a few notable south African chefs  like berths bassoon of overture and ultimate braii master, chef Martinez of DW and chef Paulina from Mexico.
2.Why did you choose to become a Chef?
I did not choose to be a chef pardon the cliché but it happened organically I let my passion lead and did what I wanted to do harness the love for food my mother and granny instilled in me and I've just always loved food be it making it eating reading about
And the artistry behind it also away to express myself with a subtle touch of vanity nothing beats the o.m.g moment when someone bites into your creation
3.Where are you currently working/did you run your own Business?
I work for soon to be opened le elementos boutique hotel and itkithe luxury resort by mantis a the sous chef
4.How important is mentorship in your field?
Mentorship is very important actually its just different these days because everyone wants to be great on they're own, like guiding someone takes away from them, all the great chefs those days were mentored. I have a few chefs I watch closely and feed of there creativity excuse the pun which are alian duccase and Marco Pierre white

5.What do you do to stay educated about new trends?
I stay on top of trends through social media twitter pintrest  books and friends in industry

6..In your restaurant, who would be your "ideal diner?"
Ideal dinner would have to split it to two target markets the 20 something working class willing to try new things.lady's for Saturday lunches and all and expatriate families so they can experience contemporary Zambian cuisine

7.When you're designing a complete meal, what factors do you take into account? How do you achieve harmony/balance?
Texture, flavour balance and all our 5 tasting sensations being stimulated sweet ,sour ,salty,bitter and comedian.visual stimuli Moisture, seasoning garnish and never drown food in sauces, spices I'm a firm believer in letting the ingredient shine

8.What's your favorite kitchen tool? 
My favourite kitchen tools are my knives because I love to play with sharp objects blow torch because I love to start fires on purpose and my ice cream churner

9.Tell me about an accomplishment that you are most proud of in your career?
Probably being head hunted from the buzz of my personal chef services to be come sous chef

10.If you weren't a chef, or in the food business, what would you be?
If I wasn't a Chef I'd most likely be a dope rapper or make the sickest tastiest bacon known to man ..part time dry joke comedian
11.Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Yes we need to go out and try new things don't be scared to eat something at least once because if you don't  how will you know if you like it or not and please chase your dreams do what you really want let your passion drive you and you will never work a day in your life. Thanks for the opportunity
Twitter @chefkatatala
Cell- 0963515752

Al Kan-I - I Need You Featuring Izrael

Al Kan-I presents his first single of 2016 titled “I Need You” Featuring Legendary Zambian Crooner Izrael. The song is produced by Levels producer Reverb who also produced “Better Than Yesterday” that featured Jay Rox. This marks the first time that Al Kan-I and Izrael have worked together in what is sure to have people hitting the dance floor while also thinking about their significant other.
Al Kan-I is building up to his album that will be released later on this year.

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