Sunday, 1 June 2014

Big Gold 6

If you are a Zambian at home or an expat in exile dreaming of Zambian skies you will be aware that Zambia is rapidly approaching its 50th independence anniversary on the 24th October, 2014. There will no doubt be many commemorative activities and much ink spilled over how well or badly the country has done in its short life. For my own part, I am wondering what I can put on this blog for the occasion and I thought it might be an opportunity to move some materials I've been hosting elsewhere, where they never really belonged. Here is some audio material I digitised from my record collection.

This is a single from the Big Gold 6 Band, who were formed in the 1960s and were originally called the Lusaka Radio Band. They were the resident band at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Lusaka at one point. One of the founding members was Alick Nkhata, at one time director of Zambia Broadcasting Services.

They were named after the brand of cigarette, Player’s No.6, whose manufacturer sponsored the band.  I don't know how they came to be singing for UNIP, but it seems that musicians such as the late Batolemeo Bwalya and Alick Nkhata were the draw cards at UNIP rallies. "People who had no interest in politics were drawn to UNIP rallies, not to listen to political speeches, but to listen to the duo belting out liberation songs which they rendered in Sinjonjo, Kwela or Township Jive." (Source:

Lest we forget, here’s a sample of some great campaign music, on a single labelled UNIP-1.

The first is "Go with UNIP" in English.

And then we have the same song in Nyanja, "Tiyende Pamodzi ndi UNIP".

My memory is that we got our copy of this in the early 70s, but I am not sure exactly how old it is. It must be post-independence anyway, given the lyrics.
Vote and remember what UNIP has done for Zambia
From the date of independence up to the present day
Vote and remember President Kenneth Kaunda
With his true leadership, You are going ahead with UNIP

More primary Schools, more secondary schools (UNIP, Yes!)
New hospitals throughout the country (UNIP, Yes!)
University of Zambia, International Airport (UNIP, Yes!)
Peace, progress, stability (UNIP, Yes!)
Good roads throughout the country (UNIP, Yes!)
Kafue hydro scheme and Kafue textiles (UNIP, Yes!)

So remember when the time comes to vote for UNIP chances
In the Local Government elections, so go ahead with UNIP
Now we have the oil pipeline, Nakambala Sugar Estates
Ndola Copper Refinery, all bacause of UNIP

Zambia Railways new diesel train (UNIP, Yes!)
Local industries, more jobs for all (UNIP, Yes!)
Zambia Railways new diesel train (UNIP, Yes!)
Local industries, more jobs for all (UNIP, Yes!)
And back when I hosted this elsewhere, Edwin Nyirenda got in contact and provided me with the lyrics of the Nyanja version of the song:
Sankani ndi kukumbukila, Nchito UNIP ya gwila mu Zambia
Kucokela pa tsiku la ufulu, Kufikila tsopano
Sankani ndi kukumbukila, A President Kenneth Kaunda
Ndi u sogoleli wao wa bwino, endani pa tsogolo ndi UNIP.

Ma primary schools ndi ma secondary schools (UNIP, Yes!)
Vipatala va tsopano mu Zambia yonse (UNIP, Yes!)
University ya Zambia ndi International Airport (UNIP, Yes!)
Mutendele mu dziko ndi kukhala bwino (UNIP, Yes!)
Miseo ya bwino mu Zambia yonse (UNIP, Yes!)
Kafue Hydro Scheme ndi Kafue textiles (UNIP, Yes!)

Kumbukilani nthawi izabwela, kusanka a imilili a UNIP
Mu ma Local Government elections, pitani pa tsogolo ndi UNIP
Tsopano tili ndi oil pipeline, Nakambala Sugar Estates
Ndi Ndola Copper Refinery, zonse izi ndi UNIP

Zambia Railways Sitima Sitima ya tsopano (UNIP, Yes!)
Mamangidwe a tsopano ndi nchito kwa onse (UNIP, Yes!)
Zambia Railways Sitima Sitima ya tsopano (UNIP, Yes!)
Mamangidwe a tsopano ndi nchito kwa onse (UNIP, Yes!)

And a little bonus. Here is a version of the evergreen Tiyende Pamodzi, written by president Kenneth Kaunda during the independence struggles. It was reissued in this pop song version in the 1980s. KK appeared on television in a music video, miming badly, but it's quite a nice version of the song.

By the way, I have no political affiliation and this post is not an endorsement of any political party.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Christians of the Copperbelt

Here is a surprising find -- a recent book on the internet archive, in full: Christians of the Copperbelt. For the purposes of this blog, the bonus is that the book has an index including a list of names of people who were influential in the early church on the Copperbelt of Northern Rhodesia.

This account by John V. Taylor and Dorothea A. Lehmann was published in 1961 as part of the World Mission Study series. The book is based on an eight and a half month study undertaken in 1958 and particularly at Nchanga Mine in Chingola and in the township of Kansuswa near Mufulira. Although mainly about the Copperbelt, the authors also worked in rural areas elsewhere in the country, including Northern and Luapula Provinces. The authors say that the time they allowed for their work was too little and that suspicion of political motive hampered their success in interviewing local people. Nevertheless, there will be much of interest here to anyone with missionary roots, to help understand the story of the growth of the Christian church in Zambia, particularly at the time of the transition to independence, and to help understand the impacts of urbanisation. Also of interest is the study of Alice Lenshina's Lumpa Church before its bloody clash with UNIP just before independence in 1964.

One of the more interesting tables for me is this one showing where and when various missions were operating in the territory:
Missionary organisations in Northern Rhodesia

I tried to read this book on-line and failed, then made a Kindle version, but still failed... at least, trying to read it and
make notes on a tablet has not worked for me, so I am just going to skip the analysis and post the names in the index.

My frustration in trying to read on a tablet whilst making notes also led me to write some software to generate my own index of sorts. I am sure I have made some mistakes, but I think the software-generated index may still be useful, so I offer it (without page numbers, I haven't worked on that yet) here. The software-generated index contains OCR errors, which I have not tried to fix, as knowing what these errors are may actually help you to find a reference in the book you would otherwise miss. (I'd have posted the actual index here, but blogger can't cope with this amount of text, so it's at dropbox.)

I hope to return to that code one of these days and see how I might refine it. All it is trying to find is proper nouns, in fact. For example, here is a software-generated index by relevance, with the most frequently occurring words identified as proper nouns at the bottom of the list.

And here is the index (minus page numbers) given in the book itself, with some corrections for OCR errors and with a few cross references added:

Persons, churches, organisations and places in the index

Adamson, Mr
African Holy Spiritual Church
African Mineworkers' Union
African National Congress
African Reformed Church
AME Church
Anglican Church (see also UMCA)
Arnot, F.
Attwater, D.

Bana ba Mutima
Banda, J. 
Bedford, F.
Bell, Bishop G. K. A. 
Blood, A. G.
Booth, J.
Bradley, K. 
Brethren in Christ 
Broken Hill
Buell, R. L.
Bwana Mkubwa

Capricorn Africa Society 
Carson, Dr 
CCAR (Church of Central Africa in Rhodesia)
Childs, S. H. 
Chilembwe, J. 
Chintankwa, P.
Chisholm, Dr J. 
Christian Council of Northern Rhodesia
Christian Missions in Many Lands See Plymouth Brethren
Church Missionary Society
Church of Christ
Church of Scotland Mission 
Coillard, F.
Comrie, W.
Copperbelt Christian Service Council
Cripps, A. S.
Cross, A. J. 

Dalgleish, A. 
Daly, Mr 
Davis, J. Merle 
Deerr, W. 
Dewar, A. 
Doke, C. M. and Miss O. C. 
Doke, J. J.
Dougall, J. W. C.
Draper, W. 
Dube, J. L. 
Dupont, Pere J. 
Dutch Reformed Church

Ellis, W. 
Epstein, A. L.

Fisher, W., and family
Fison, J. E.
Forster, Sir John
Fort Jameson
Fort Rosebery
Franciscan Tertiaries
Fraser, Dr Agnes
Fraser, D. 
Fraser, George
Free Church of Scotland Mission

Gann, L. H. 
General Missionary Conference of Northern Rhodesia
Goodall N. 
Gore-Browne, Sir Stewart 
Graham-Harrison, Miss 
Griffiths, A. J. 
Griffiths, J.
Groves, C. P. 
Guillebaud, C. G.

Hailey, Lord 
Harris, C. 
Hawkins, D. 
Hewitt, G. 
Hine, Bishop J. E.

Icely, B. 

Jehovah's Witnesses
Jesuit Fathers 
Johnston, Sir Harry 
Jones, Picton 
Jourdain, Fr 
'Jesus Fanoily'

Kafulafuta, 16, 34
Kalene Hill
Kamungu, L.
Kamwana, E.
Kasenga, B.
Katilungu, L.
Kaunda, K.

Laws, Dr R.
Lenshina, Alice
Lewanika, King
Lewanika, G.
Lewin, J.
Lisulo, G.
Livingstone, David
London Missionary Society 
Lumpa Church

MacLennan, Mr
MacPherson, F.
Marwick, M. G.
Mason, Philip
May, Bishop A.
Methodist Missions (see also AME Church)
Mines African Staffs' Association 
Mitchell, J. C.
Mitchell, Sir Phillip
Moffat, Sir John
Moffat, Mr and Mrs Malcolm
Moffat, Mr
Morris, Colin
Moore, R. J. B.
Mott, John R.
Murray, A.
Mushindo, P.
Mwanalesa (Mwana lesa)
Mweru, Lake

New Apostolic Church 
Nielsen, E. 
Nightingale, Mr 
Nkimibula, H. 
Ntara, S. 
Nutter, H. C. 
Nyasa Industrial Mission

Oliver R.

Paris Evangelical Mission
Parr, M. 
Peng, Wang Shih 
Philips, Mr
Price, T. - see Shepperson G.
Plymouth Brethren 
Prain, Sir Ronald
Purves, A. D.

Quick, G.

Rain, S. 
Rhodes, Cecil 
Richards, Dr A. I. 
Richmond, A. H. 
Roman Catholic Church (see also Jesuit Fathers and White Fathers)
Ross, Mr and Mrs

Salisbury, Lord
Salvation Army 
Scott, Dr A.
Seventh Day Adventists 
Sharpe, A.
Shepperson, G., and Price, T. 
Smith, Edwin
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel
Soulsby, J. G. 
South Africa General Mission 
South African Baptist Mission
South African Presbyterian Church
Spillett, H. W.
Sundkler, B. C. M. 
Syrier, Mrs M. B.

Taylor, Bishop Selby
Thompson, C. H.
Thompson, J.
Thompson, Wardlow

UCCAR (United Church of Central Africa in Rhodesia)
UMCA (Universities' Mission to Central Africa)
UMCB (United Missions in the Copperbelt)
USCL (United Society for Christian Literature)

Van der Post, L.
van Doom, C. L.
Vlek, T. C. B.

Watchtower Society - See Jehovah's Witnesses
Watt, J. A. R.
Welensky, Sir Roy
White Fathers (see also Ilondola)
Wilberforce Institute 
Wilson, G. and M.
Wood, Miss E. A.
Woodruff, H. W.
Wright, S.

Yamba, D.
Young, C.
Young, W. P.

Zambia Congress



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