ARTISTS play a vital role in influencing minds either positively or negatively in any given society through their works such as music.
The Art and Entertainment Industry itself, if well harnessed has the potential to contribute to the country’s economy and create jobs for the people especially the majority youth.
And in supporting the growth of the industry in Zambia, music promoter-turned community leader Chrispin Chiinda alias Chris Mall has continued playing his role in the arts and entertainment industry.
Chris Mall who has supported and promoted several artists in the industry both actors, musicians and comedians has again extended an olive branch to the artists by offering his premises free of charge to the artists.
Chris has announced that he has offered the 300 seating capacity conference room, boardroom and beer garden at Chris Mall Lodges in Foxdale for free for entertainers whenever they needed the facility.
“Art has proved to be food of our soul, it’s important that we support and groom our own industry.
We need to value our own artists by giving them the support and I can only do so much as an individual but in our individual capacity let’s do our part certainly we will change and develop the industry,” Chiinda said.
“And people should not think that I am doing this for political mileage simply because I am aspiring as Member of Parliament for Munali.
But I am offering my facilities to our artists because I want to see a united industry which should be able to support and help one another,” he said.
“We can only take art in this country to another level if we began supporting one another and as a community leader and someone who values art in Zambia, I am compelled to do this as one way of supplement our artists.
I am calling on all the artists and associations dealing with art to come forward and make use of the facilities at Chris Mall Lodges to foster unity and development in the industry.
All artists are welcome to make use of the premises and I further want to urge them to begin helping one another because if they can’t do that themselves as artists, nobody will,” he said.
“I had plans of hosting a workshop for artists so that we can see how we can help each other but it is unfortunate that COVID-19 struck and disturbed everything but lets see what happens in the future so for now I am offering the facilities at the lodge for our colleagues to make use because for us, when we promise we deliver,” he added.