Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases six performances by Zambian superstar vocalist Angela Nyirenda. Unfortunately, I've not been able to find much information online about Angela Nyirenda, besides that her first hit record was in 2004. I also don't know what most of the featured songs are about or what language or languages they are sung in. Any biographical information for Angela Nyirenda, and any information about these songs , including lyrics, in English would be greatly appreciated.
The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic reasons.
Brief information about Zambia and Zamiban music is also presented for introductory educational purposes.
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Thanks to Angela Nyirenda for her musical legacy and thanks to all those quoted in this post and to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.
INFORMATION ABOUT ZAMBIA
"The Republic of Zambia /ˈzæmbiə/ is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, in the south-central part of Zambia. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest...
The population comprises approximately 72 ethnic groups, most of which are Bantu-speaking... In the rural areas, each ethnic group is concentrated in a particular geographic region of the country and many groups are very small and not as well known. However, all the ethnic groups can be found in significant numbers in Lusaka and the Copperbelt."
..."In the late 1970s, President Kenneth Kaunda ordered that 95% of the music on the radio had to be Zambian. He hoped to encourage the formation of a Zambian national identity. Rather than using their folk roots, however, Zambians attempted to become pop stars. By the mid-1980s, the result was kalindula music.... An annual concert of traditional bands (not just kalindula) was recently begun by the Chikuni Radio station in Chikuni in the Southern Province... In addition, artists such as Alfred Chisala Kalusha Jr. based their compositions on "Imfukutu" - Bemba folk music.
In the 1990s, economic problems caused the collapse of the Zambian music industry. Unfettered by rules promoting Zambian music, the airwaves were covered with imported ragga and reggae from Jamaica and hip hop and R&B from the United States...
The Zambian entertainment industry recognizes popular musicians such as these at its annual Ngoma Awards. The Ngoma Awards amount to a Zambian version of the all-Africa Kora Awards...
A unique hybrid form of Zambian music is found in the so-called "banjo" tradition. The Zambian "banjo" (pronounced 'bahn-jo') is essentially a homemade guitar... Zambian banjos are used in kalindula bands throughout Zambia."
The colloquial name "Zed" is frequently used to refer to the nation of Zambia, mostly by younger Zambians.
Zed = "Its a slang short word word for the African country of Zambia,used mostly by the young generation. This referent probably comes from the way the British pronounce the letter "z".
when are you going back to Zed?
by mspontiff April 20, 2010
These examples are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first.
Example #1: Esineya-Angela Nyirenda
chikotii Uploaded on Jul 21, 2007
From the comments, it appears that the singer advises women not to grab other women’s husbands
show them gal, Chipata Style tyola mwana we.
"It's good to see the seza dance!!!! go zambian gals!!!!! Thanx for promoting our dress!!!!"
"my favorite Z song, the language is a bit similar to my language (Xhosa) i cn learn it quik"
Example #2: Nipeniko Ma Key(Live)-Angela Nyirenda
chikotii , Uploaded on Mar 10, 2008
Miss Chansa, 2008
"i love angela...she's from chipata isnt she...thats where i'm from...i love her music very much"
Example #3: Zambia - Angela Nyirenda - Ngoma
Seka Moke Uploaded on Jan 1, 2009
AFRICA FROM A-Z: ZAMBIA
Example #4: Angela Nyirenda - Nzimu Na Uchi.mpg
Miha Uhan, Uploaded on May 15, 2011
Angela Nyirenda - Nzimu Na Uchi (Zambian music)
Example #5: ANGELA NYIRENDA LIVE AT THE LUSAKA SHOWGROUNDS CHALO CHUWAMA NA WAKO 1
Kopa Promedia Published on Sep 25, 2012
Kas comedian, 2013
"Angela Nyirenda thanks for making a come back.We missed your mature and orginal zambia music.Every wedding in USA your songs are played,doesn't matter if the Dj is not from Zambia."
Alfred Ngoma, 2014
"Angela keep up promoting traditional songs lest we lose our roots."
Example #6: ANGELA NYIRENDA LIVE AT LUSAKA PLAYHOUSE NUPEMPHAKO MA KEY
Kopa Promedia Published on Oct 3, 2012
Angela's first mega hit, which set her on the path to stardom.
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