By Austin Kaluba Whenever I hear a song or poem romanticizing everything African, my blood runs cold because just like Europe, Africa has got its own share of social ills both man-made or externally orchestrated. A classic example of this unbridled idealistic praise for the continent is found in most songs sang by Rastafarian musicians […]
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Sorry for the long silence. I have been busy working on my short stories to be published in England. I have also been researching stuff for Old Grooves and Down Memory Lane. This week I will look at colonial Zambia as we listen to Billy Vaughn (remember the song was played on ZNBC). 1. ‘Natives’ […]
By AUSTIN KALUBA AFRICA is the most insulted continent and a subject of countless studies that usually produce distorted ‘findings’ about the largely misunderstood region.
BY AUSTIN KALUBA One is a Zambian multimillionaire, while the other one holds an important position in the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) only second to the head of state, the almighty Michael Chilufya Sata. Both have inflated egos and feel PF and Zambia owes them a lot for taking the opposition party to power. The […]
Our political correspondent Austin Kaluba traces the significance of political parties in Zambia; from UNIP that values Mulungushi Rock, to MMD’s reverence of Garden House Motel. but ask where the PF was formed. Is it at Farmers House? To UNIP members, the name Mulungushi has a lot of significance to the genesis of the party […]
By Austin Kaluba The Bible has several verses demonstrating the fact that leadership has more to deal with divine intervention than ability to govern. Examples of Biblical characters who ascended to leadership with God’s involvement include Moses, Joseph and David who all started humbly before gaining great importance. Regardless of how they govern, there is […]
By AUSTIN KALUBA He is the epitome of political violence and showcases what Zambian politics is-serve yourself before the electorate who voted you into power.
By Austin Kaluba Probably the best Zambian musician, Likezo Makuyu Ililonga who sings under his stage name Rikki Ililonga is a musician who has come a long way from the 1970s when he released his debut song Ulemuand followed it up with several albums among them Zambia, Soweto, Sunshine Love, Shantytown Boy and Frank Talk.
BY AUSTIN KALUBA In many European countries, politicians have resigned on their own or forced to step down when they transgress from expected moral behaviour.
By Austin Kaluba Death is an emotional subject especially for people who have lost loved ones. So I wasn’t surprised to hear Dr. Maureen Mwanawasa calling on the Zambian government to remember her late husband Levy Patrick Mwanawasa by declaring a day in remembrance of the third republican president. Dr. Mwanawasa who was being interviewed on ZNBC […]
By Austin Kaluba The song Mpondolo comes from Mosi Oa Tunya and its intro is a beautiful plucking of the karimba-thumb piano by the late Derek Mbao, the front man of the band. I consider Mosi Oa Tunya (MOT) to be the best band to ever come from the musically-backward Zambia which has lagged behind […]
This bubble gum but catchy tune became a staple on ZNBC and we could sing along to the chorus as teens. That is almost 30 years now since Zambia’s International song bird Anna Mwale catapulted to fame with songs the hits “Excuse me” and ‘Kabuku.’ The singer who has been going to Zambia on holidays […]
By Austin Kaluba I have played this old goodie Uhuru Road from my good friend Spuki Mulemwa, a Zambian reggae star who once played with a German-based African band called Vitamin X. I consider Uhuru Road the best reggae track to have come from Zambia. The song was released in the 80’s when reggae was […]
By AUSTIN KALUBA SOMETIME in the UNIP days, Zambian music export to Denmark Rikki Ililonga sang a protest song Green Fever opposing corruption in the country. One line in the song ran: ‘Get rich quick before we retire/Don’t you worry everybody is a liar’. Today, Zambia is slowly but surely joining the shameful hall of […]
Most Zambian pupils and students who went to school around the early 70’s were madly in love with this song I am Your Captain/Closer To Home by a four man American band called Grand Funk Railroad Band. This was one of their popular songs in Zambia. The other popular song by the band was We […]
Having concluded my column Down Memory Lane, I have decided to start another music column entitled Old Grooves were I will download music that will take you to the old good days that shaped our growing up in Zambia. I will start with Spokes Mashiyane dueting with Miriam Makeba with backing from the Skylarks giving […]
This week I will take my readers to pre-independence Zambia concentrating on Lusaka. This is the last item of Down Memory Lane and I hope it has been an enjoyable journey back to the Zambia of yesteryears. I would like to thank my readers who have been very supportive throughout my write up particularly those […]
This week I will explore the history of motor vehicles in Zambia starting with the colonial period to the 80’s. I will also sprinkle the history of vehicles with other miscellaneous items. Note that this is not an authoritative history of vehicles in Zambia but a list of some popular motor vehicles of the time. […]
This week I will look at miscellaneous items jumping from one period to another. So come with me in my smoking Datsun as we drive down memory lane while listening to David Amunga’s song -From America to Africa . The clothes in an average Zambian’s wardrobe in the 70’s and early 80’s were really limited. […]
BY AUSTIN KALUBA If there is one component that Zambians in the diaspora should take advantage of in the draft constitution it is the inclusion of duo citizenship. This inclusion of duo citizenship has already received tacit consent from the local and housing minister professor Nkandu Luo. Zambians living abroad should form lobby groups to […]
BY AUSTIN KALUBA I consider it to be a vestige of belief in the supernatural which missionaries condemned when they introduced Christianity to Africa. The belief in the paranormal seems to have surfaced in the guise of the prophetic revelations and predictions from ‘men of God’ who have replaced Sangomas whose practices were rubbished by […]
BY AUSTIN KALUBA According to a major survey on race relations carried out in Britain in 2002, more than half of Britons believed they live in a racist society. The opinion poll commissioned by BBC News Online also found that 44% of those asked believe immigration has damaged Britain over the last 50 years. Immigration […]
By Austin Kaluba THE SECOND COMING Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are […]
BY AUSTIN KALUBA Nature is nature. It has created male and female, “You David Cameron, are you suggesting that you don’t know that or is it some kind of insanity or part of the culture of Europeans. “In their newspapers, that’s one of my sins. That I called (gays) worse than pigs and dogs because […]