If you are a fan of zambian music , you have most probably heard of Zedbeats. It is the premiear channel on youtube to get the latest and greatest zambian music videos and songs on demand.
Zed Beats was started on 20th, May 2010, by a student,,studying in the USA. He had a great passion and love for Zambian music. Being abroad for a number of years it was very hard to find latest Zambian music and videos anywhere and to keep in touch with what was going on in the Zambian music industry. He figured there must be many more Zambians in the diaspora facing the same problem. Music from other countries ,especially Nigeria , is very popular in other countries .
He decided to start Zedbeats with 2 main objectives:
- To make Zambian music global, and reach people who have never had the opportunity to enjoy it. This would in turn help expand the Zambian music industry and its reach and consequently help the Zambian artists, record labels, videos producers etc , get more out of their music & crafts.
- To help Zambians all over the world have better access to Zambian music and keep up to date with it.
He traveled to Zambia in 2010 and got hold a lot of the new Zambian music and videos and started making contacts in the industry.
He then started by creating a Youtube channel called Zed beats. This served 2 purposes.
- It allowed people to listen to the songs and watch the videos but they were not downloadable , this was in order to not contribute to piracy that is hindering the growth of zambian music.
- Youtube already had a base of people from all over the world who search for music and videos so setting up the channel dedicated to zambian music would attract a lot of people and make it grow in popularity.
ZED BEATS ON YOUTUBE
The youtube channel is currently the number 1 destination for Zambian music online. Since it’s inception (17 months ago), it has grown rapidly and offered the Zambian Music industry over 2.5 million views/listen from ears all across the world and continues to get 10,000 views daily.
Several of the countries that now enjoy Zambian music had previously never even heard of ZAMBIA, but have now fallen in love with its music, thanks to Zed Beats. And a couple of songs exposed by Zed Beats have even gone on to make the charts in those countries ,for example “Captain Charlie” by Josi went to the top of the charts in Ned Caledonia and Vanuatu, which are island countries in the South Pacific.
Josi “Captain Charlie”
Zambian music can now be heard playing in clubs all over the world, even where people do not even understand the language.
LAUNCH OF THE WEBSITE
The new Zed Beats website is intended to be the “go to” website for anything Zambian music. There are plans to add more features. Currently, Zambian music lovers can get free music downloads, artist profies and interviews, music videos, charts and countdowns.
This has been in the plans for the very start, but has finally come to fruition. The world is ready for Zambian music.
To show how much the world has been waiting for this, within 3 days of launching the website, there were over 12,000 music downloads from it.
Piracy of Zambian music is strictly not advocated. ALL the downloads offered on the website are legal free downloads offered by the artists themselves or their record labels, producers and/or promoters
- Help the Zambian Music industry develop further so artists can make a worthwhile living from it.
- Help Zambian artists reach more markets even more by collaborating with artists from other countries
- See Zambian music get to the point where Zambian artists can be invited to foreign lands to hold a concert perform and pack the place with non-Zambian Zambian music fans.
- See more Zambian musicians nominated for more international and prestigious awards.
Visit the site to watch the latest zambian music videos such as:
Also a Zed beats mixtape , with one and a half hours of non-stop zambian music