Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Maiko Zulu: African Reggae Ambassador

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Maiko Zulu: African Reggae Ambassador

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Maiko Zulu is a Zambian reggae artist and human rights activist. He was born in Livingstone, Zambia and he grew up on a farm, herding goats and growing corn and vegetables on his grandfather's farm in the central province of Zambia. It was there that he learned his first vocal chords while screaming and running behind 100 to 150 goats.

He has performed with local music legends such as Ackim Simukonda, PK Chishala, Chris Chali of the Amayenge Cultural Ensemble, and he has performed on the same stage with the late Brenda Fassie (Independence Stadium, Lusaka), Lucky Dube (Independence Stadium, Lusaka), Oliver Muthukudzi (Ndola, Zambia) and Jabu Khanyile (Durban, South Africa) and Kanda Bongoman, among others. In 2001, then going by the stage name of St. Michael, he became the first Zambian artiste to be nominated for the biggest music awards in Africa, the Kora All Africa Music Awards (www.koraawards.com). He has won the local Ngoma Awards for Best Male Performer on two occasions and also the Annual Zambian Music Industry Award, been nominated for the M-Net Most talked about artiste awards in Zambia. Internationally, he has performed in South Africa (Durban 2000 AIDS conference), Burkina Faso and in the United Kingdom. …

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