Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo has observed that enhancing cultural and musical exchanges between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo can contribute meaningfully to the growth of the music and art industry in both countries.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Lusambo said there’s need for Zambia and DRC to consider working together in promoting music and tourism considering that the two countries have similar cultural heritage and customs.
He implored accomplished musical stars like Koffi and others from Congo to also consider helping Zambian artists to penetrate the competitive international musical market.
The Lusaka Provincial Minister was speaking when celebrated Congolese rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide and his ensemble called on him at his office in Lusaka today ahead of two planned rhumba musical shows slated for Lusaka and the Copperbelt.
Mr. Lusambo explained that government in the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) has placed high premium on arts and film industry as a way of creating the much needed wealth and jobs for young people in the country.
And speaking on behalf of Congolese rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide, 360 General Dealers Chief Executive Officer Suke Tshile said Koffi is now a rhumba legend and has started grooming a generation of next rhumba stars in Africa.
Tshile has since called on Zambian artists to consider forging partnering with Koffi Olomide so that they can be mentored at his two state of the arts studios in Congo.
Koffi is expected to perform on Friday, 26th July, in Lusaka and Saturday, 27th July, on the Copperbelt respectively.