A traditional drum that has a banjo, built-in speaker and a USB flash drive incorporated into it, devised by Michael Mwandila, won this year’s Outstanding Musical (Instruments) Innovation award at the Zambia Breweries-sponsored Industry Awards dinner at Radisson Blu Hotel yesterday Wednesday, (April 8).
“I am the happiest person here,” said Mr Mwandila at at the ceremony, which was a preliminary event in the run-up to the full Zambian Music Awards on Saturday, April 11.
“This is the second time I have won this award and through Zambian Breweries I have been exposed to people who can use my drum. I would love Zambian Breweries to continue sponsoring the awards.”
Zambian Breweries Corporate Affairs Director Ezekiel Sekele said the company was committed to supporting Zambian music innovators such as Mr Mwandila’s high-tech drum. Mr Sekele praised Mr Mwandila’s traditional drum, which has a banjo, a built-in speaker and a USB flash drive and can also be connected to the radio, so that it can be used acoustically or electrically.
Other award recipients included Tasila Mwale for the best traditional music album, Victor Kunda for best lead guitarist and Jerry Fingers who won the best studio sound producer award.