NAC is the biggest enemy of the arts – Maiko Zulu

By Staff Reporter

 

Musician Miko Zulu has accused the National Arts Council (NAC) of being at the helm of inciting divisions and confusions in the arts, particularly in the music industry.

And Maiko says he finds it fun that the president advised artists not to politicise the industry claiming, “it is more political than any political party”.

In a Facebook post on his wall, Maiko accused the Council of having a negative organisational attitude compared to the previous Mumba Kapumba led administration which was promising.

“A forensic audit of the council, from the time Mumba Kapumpa left needs to be carried out. This will help us to see if things that killed the Ngoma and Mosi awards will not resurface. The whole relevance of the NAC and the Ministry of Tourism and Arts is in question because over the years, artists built the industry with their own, sweat, blood and tears with little help from these bodies” he says.

Maiko accuses the Council for only organising cultural groups to go and dance at the airport, dissolving associations and issuing licences to foreign promoters at the expense of arts development.

“One just needs to analyse the beneficiaries of the few NAC supported projects and certain bootlicking associations that sit on the Council to understand how the association has been operating. NAC has been painting a wrong picture of the arts when they sit with government leaders and wanting to dictate how certain associations like ZAM should be run and who should lead them,” he said.

He said it was nice to see pictures of musicians and other artists posing with the republican president Edgar Lungu last week, with everybody looking attractive and fashionable.

“The only thing I didn’t find attractive though, was the shadow of the National Arts Council, who in my opinion and organisational experience have been the greatest enemy of the arts. Seeing NAC peddling misinformation in front of the president and artists like an absentee father is similar to seeing a picture of Chishimba Kambwili on ZNBC main news with a caption “President ‘E’ Lungu,” he said.

He urged the authorities to amend the 1994 NAC Act and have the whole system of affiliating arts associations revised stating that “we cannot have a council whose larger chunk of its budget goes to administrative costs and salaries/allowances and not to the development of the arts and artists”.