Meet Maccloud Banda aka Son of Mary (Marksom)
By Entertainment and Sports Photo-Journalist Ashton Kelly Bunda
Zambia is increasingly supporting local music, which is taking root following a passion to accompany compositions with inspirational videos.
Before this dawn of videos one can equally attribute Zambian interest in local music to a policy initiated by former First Republican President, Dr. Kenneth David Buchizya Kaunda’s United National Independence Party (UNIP) Government (Saturday October 24th 1964-October 31st 1991) which encouraged Zambia Broadcasting Services (ZBS) now renamed Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) to reserve 90 (ninety) per cent airtime or airplay to local songs.
This inspiration saw the growth of legendary groups such as late Paul “bauze” Ngozi late Chris Chali’s “The Amayenge, The Cross Bones, The Witch and late Lazarous Tembo, who later became Minister of State or Deputy Minister appointed by the indefatigable KK.
KK’s son Masuzyo Kaunda, was actually a good guitarists and had a couple of friends residing in New Chilenje Township, near Timothy Mwanakatwe road.
Just as is or was the case with Jennifer Hudson’s Dream Girls hit, local musicians from Maiko Zulu, Daptusa Nkhata aka Sista D,
The Sakala Brothers-Moses and Levy, Angela Nyirenda and Maureen Lupo
Lilanda, budding artistes (countrywide-Zambia) are falling over each other’s shoes producing excellent videos, which tend to transform their individual compositions into immediate ‘Hits and not Misses!!!
Interestingly, Journalists Against Piracy in Zambia (JAPIZ) Treasurer Francis Lungu acknowledges the imperative need for Zambian artistes to maximize their incredible potential as music producers through production of accompanying videos.
“It is better for our Zambian artistes to continue building this enterprise through production of videos. I believe that videos improve an artiste’s ability to choreography skills and in time, makes stage or live performances become better,” an optimistic Lungu advised.
Entertainment and Sports Photo-Journalist Ashton Kelly Bunda writes for Pan African Radio and is an Executive Member of the Zambian Development Media Alliance (ZADEMA) and Zambian Children Young People and Women in Development (ZCYPWD).
When reached for a comment on the value inherent in videos, Maccloud Banda aka Marksom “Son of Mary says it is important to do so as it increases ones presence on the local and international music and film market.
“It is good to produce musical videos as it improves ones appeal as an artiste,” says Maccloud Banda aka Marksom “Son of Mary, whose music label Marksom Productions has since produced three videos entitled: DVD Marksom Part One Two and Three featuring local artistes beyond Lusaka’s New Chilenje township, a residential area under the jurisdiction of Patriotic Front(PF) Member of Parliament(MP) Given Lubinda, an ally of art currently serving as Justice Minister in President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s PF team, which includes Ms. Inonge Mutukwa-Wina as Vice-President.
“I feature Simo Dee, Patman, Joe Boy, Shezzye Records, RC Records, late SK Shakwa, Ghetto Veterans and Wonderful G, G Rappers,” an elated Marksom says.
At 28 years of age Born August 15th 1988, Maccloud Banda aka Son of Mary (Marksom) is looking forward to good future.
Maccloud Banda aka Son of Mary (Marksom) is son to Mary Banda Lupasa, while his father is late Maxwell Banda.
The late Mary Banda Lupasa and late Maxwell Banda had five sons and a daughter; Brian Banda Lupasa, twins Anne Banda and James Banda, Maccloud Banda, Mathews Banda and Peter Shamba Lupasa.
‘My dream is to promote local artists because most talented people lack exposure and support,” says Maccloud Banda.
After completing Grade 12 (Twelve) at Arakan High Secondary School within Arakan Baracks in 2007, Maccloud Banda enrolled for a Certificate and Diploma One in Certificate in Information Systems and Programming (CISP)at the National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA) Main Campus in 2010-2011.
Before going to Arakan High School, Maccloud Banda studied at Libala High School and did his primary education at Arthur Wina Primary School in Chilenje South Township, near Woodlands Stadium, home turf for Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Super League side City of Lusaka Football Club.
In life Marksom is inspired by Sizzla Kalonji,
or simply Sizzla is a Jamaican reggae musician, while locally he is encouraged by Exile and Jordan Katembula aka JK.
Sizzla Kalonji, or simply Sizzla is a reggae musician. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases. As of 2014 he has released over 70 solo albums. Wikipedia
Born: April 17, 1976 (age 40), Kingston, Jamaica
Movies: Conscious Vibrations: Sizzla & Capleton, More
Genres: Reggae, Ragga, Dancehall