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Glo-sponsored African Voices profiles Zambian music, dance icons 

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Two A-listers from Zambia making waves in music and dance are guests on this week’s edition of the Changemakers series of African Voices broadcast on the Cable News Network (CNN).

The magazine programme sponsored by Globacom will lead viewers into the world of Mwila Musonda and Taonga Tembo.

Born in 1987, Mwila Musonda, popularly known by his stage name Slapdee, lost his parents and only sibling when he was young, forcing him to live with his auntie, who moved around the country working. He attended schools in Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa before moving back to Zambia where he began his career in hip hop and rap as a high school student.

Often regarded as one of the pioneers of Zambian hip-hop, Musonda has won multiple awards since his debut in 2006 with “Asembe Isebenza” After the first successful attempt, Musonda  released four studio albums, So CheBlack na WhiteTrue Story and The Business. He is signed to the Zambian record label XYZ Entertainments, which he founded as a vehcile for supporting the growth of local music in his country.

He has received nominations and awards, including the 2009 Ngoma Music Award for best hip hop artist and the AFRIMM Award nomination(s) for Best Male (artiste) Southern Africa.

Musonda has also clinched nine Zambian Music awards for best male and hip-hop artist and six Sun FM Kwacha Music Awards. 

The second guest on the programme, Taonga Tembo, has equally made a lot of impact with dance which is her avenue for giving back to her society. She owns a dance studio where she teaches kids exceptional dance techniques to broaden their horizon and have a platform to exhibit their creative talents with the flexibility of their bodies.

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Tembo will be briefing her audience how she founded Barefeet Theatre which coaches kids at the Lubuto Library in Lusaka, Zambia, and how she intends to reach more Zambian kids through her chosen passion.  She is also a cinematographer, director and producer.

CNN African Voices Changemakers will be aired on DSTV on Friday at 8.30 a.m. and on Saturday at 11.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Other repeat broadcasts come up on Sunday at 4.00 a.m., 8.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m., with more repeats on Monday and Tuesday at 4.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. respectively.

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