By SAM PHIRI –
THE ZAMBIA Association for Musicians (ZAM) president Njoya Tembo says the passing of former Amayenge dancing king Chanda Kaoma popularly known as Chanda Beu is a shock to the music fraternity.
Njoya has described the life of Chanda as one that will forever remain highly inspirational and motivating especially to the differently-abled persons.
He says there is no one who would claim of not knowing the special Chanda Beu entertaining treat such that his memories would forever live in the entire country and beyond.
“He was a very determined person who never looked down at his outlook but instead used it to earn a decent living. He did not seek sympathy but used his talent to rise to stardom. Today the whole country is gripped with sadness,” Njoya says.
Njoya also paid tribute to the founder member of Amayenge Asoza the late Chris Chali for discovering and putting Chanda to the frontier of the band’s dancers.
And celebrated comedian Bob Chomba Nkosha of the signature act Dorika has described the late Chanda as a true ‘legend’ in the entertainment industry.
He says it is unfortunate that the prolific dancer and singer could die at rather an early age leaving behind a wife and children.
He says the passing of Chanda leaves an indelible mark of encouragement in the entertainment world, such that people with different abilities should emulate his turning of a negative situation to positive.
Chanda died of Friday at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) after a short illness and leaves behind a wife, four children and four grand children.