Thousands of revellers joined the nation’s largest food processor, Zambeef, to celebrate food, football and music on Saturday (April 8) at the company’s Zamfest extravaganza in Lusaka.
There was fun for all ages and interests, with families enjoying food stalls, a ‘ZamShoka’ Best Braai competition, kid’s activity park and entertainment that culminated in the evening’s music sessions, headlined by iconic African musician Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi taking to the stage to the thrill of the audience at the Showgrounds.
Tuku’s leading act was backed by the country’s hottest music artists, including Pompi, Cactus Agony, Maureen Lilanda, Willz and Sebastian Dutch among others. Festival goers enjoyed plenty of laughs with comedians K-Star and Kapembwa on the ground.
“Food and drink are a part of every important moment and celebration in our lives and this time is no different. Zambeef brought together the things that are close to our hearts such as football, food, music, family and fun all wrapped in one eventful day. well,” said Zambeef Joint Chief Executive Officer Dr Carl Irwin.
On the sporting front, in a surprise upset the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) team scored 1-0 against a professional team led by AFCON 2012 star and former National team Captain Christopher Katongo in a friendly match.
The football element sprung from the launch of the e18hteam DVD supported by Zambeef, which chronicles the nation’s love of soccer and captures the passion, excitement and national pride of the Zambian football team, and charts the fortunes of the national Chipolopolo team – from the lows of the 1993 Gabon air crash to the highs of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) victory.
The e18hteam documentary is the work of producer, Ngosa Chungu and Spanish writer, director and co-producer Juan Rodriguez-Briso towards which Zambeef invested K1.5 million in support. The DVDs are now on sale at Zambeef outlets countrywide.
Zambeef has a long association with football. Its Zamleather division makes the popular Kaleza Z-12 model leather soccer boots, the first to be locally designed and manufactured in Zambia. Zamleather is also home to the Alive & Kicking employment-generation project that manufacturers quality leather soccer balls that carry health messages and are distributed to under-privileged teams nationwide.
Throughout its history Zambeef has supported a number of football teams playing in leagues and at community level, and has groomed footballers at the grassroots including AFCON 2012 squad member James Chamanga.