JK, Exile Dominates Zambia Music Awards

Leading musician JK and gospel artistes Abel Chungu and Israel, formerly Exile, are leading nominations in the Zambian Breweries-sponsored Mosi Zambian Music Awards (ZMA) to be held on April 11 this year, with three nods each.

JK has been nominated for Best Mainstream Artiste and Best Dancehall Album and Best Mainstream Album for his Telemundo effort, while Abel is competing for Best Gospel Male Artiste as well Best Gospel Album and Best RnB Album for Love Unleashed. Israel is a finalist for Best Songwriter, Best Gospel Male Artiste and Best Gospel Album Exile to Israel.

There are also nominations for the likes of P-Jay (Best Songwriter), Mampi (Best Female Artiste), Suwilanji (Best Gospel Female Artiste) and Roberto (Best Mainstream Album).

But obviously, questions will be asked about categorization, particularly for such categories as Best Live Album and also in the Best Dancehall category, where JK – who is definitely not a dancehall artiste nor is his album Telemundo – has been nominated.

Also, the likes of Roberto will probably feel disappointed that he is not nominated for Best RnB Album after his Amarulah did so well. The argument will be that they are popular awards.

Otherwise, some categories like Best Hip-hop, which is one of the fiercely contested for, has not been announced. The finalists will be announced on the awards night, yet voting opened on Friday.

Anyhow, other nominees are: Best Traditional Music Album comprising Malizu by Tasila Mwale and Chachacha Oyamba by Matthew Tembo; Best Live Album (Moments of Truth by Afro Red, Chachacha Oyamba by Matthew Tembo and Muli Yesu by Northmead Assemblies of God); Best Sound Engineer (Ringman, Ben Blazer and Brian Mission Press); Best Studio Sound Producer (Ben Blazer, Jerry Fingaz and Magg44); Best Lead Guitarist (David Kasochi, Jerry Fingaz and Sheba Chintu) and Best Keyboard Player (Lazaras Zulu, Mutamula Mwale and Samuel Nyambe).
Best Drummer has Charlie Chax, Eston Mwape and Smith Phiri; Best Traditional Indigenous Instrument (Rodrick Mungala, Grace Ngándu and Moses Muchindu); Best Songwriter (Israel, Mulenga Kabaso and P-Jay); Best Zed Beats Album (My Nyopola by Wills and Pupwe Chulu by Stain Da Industry); Best Gospel Album (Love Unleashed by Abel, Exile to Israel by Israel and Ulukombo Lwamweo by Suwilanji); Best Mainstream Album (Telemundo by JK, Time Bomb by T-Sean and Heart of a Lion by Chef 187) and Best Female Gospel Artiste (Stay Zimba, Rachael Nanyangwe and Suwilanji).

Best Gospel Male Artiste has Abel Chungu, Israel and Pompi; Best Mainstream Male Artiste (JK, Roberto and Chef 187); Best Mainstream Female Artiste (Mampi, Scarlet and Brisky); Best RnB album (Love Unleashed by Abel, Nafika by F-Jay and Zimandola by Stain Da Industry); Best Reggae Album (Bouncing Ball by Peter Bob, Freedom by Chris Aka and The Teacher by Milz).

Best Dancehall Album (Five Star by General Ozzy, Telemundo by JK and Time Bomb by T-Sean) and Best Kalindula Album (Amalango by Gina Hidie, Ndevu by Liseli Sisters and Abakali Bakali by Sansamukeni).
For Best Collaboration, there is Kumalila Ng’oma by Chef 187 and Afunika, Alangizi by Kantu and Slap D and Basazibe by Mampi and Judy; Best Choral Album (Wileka Umuntu by Busokololo, Amakwebo by Great Chronciles and Pa Lupili by Mt Sinai).

The Best New Artiste category has Kantu Siachingili, Wills and Urban Hype; Song of the Year (Belinda Nafwa by Chester, Mama Rebecca by Macky II and Kalilole by Cleo Boy; and Best Band has Amayenge, Uncle Rex and band, and Elect Band.

Source: Tumfweko


Zambian musician Jordan Katembula aka JK recently released a new song that features popular Nigerian singer Yami Alade called Paduze.

Yami Alade who is mostly known for her hit single “Johnny” will be making an appearance at the JK – “Telemundo” Album Launch on October the 3rd.


JK And His Son
J.K.’s full name is Jordan Katembula and he’s a very popular Zambian vocalist, composer and producer. The fifth son of both a businessman and woman, Jordan was born in 1978 in Ndola, Zambia.

His junior school was Chilengwa Basic School in Ndola and he completed his secondary education at Lubuto School, also in Ndola. Jordan started embracing music with his peers as early as the age of eight whilst in his fourth year of junior school. Jordan says : “I was always singing (at home, school), always, but I chose to keep it to myself – maybe because at the time I was not confident enough to sing to an audience. I enjoyed it.” Jordan stepped onto the show bizz gush in 1997 when he first recorded his demo at The Savoy Hotel in Ndola with a band known as The Ukwa Band.

After huge applauses and credits, Jordan decided to trek to Lusaka for greener pastures where he met one of Zambia’s well-renowned rap artists MC Wabwino at the Heritage Studio. It was at this point that J.K. was showcased when he featured on MC Wabwino’s popular album Yamene Yamene. Jordan goes on to explain: “In 1999, I felt it was time to move on and create music and this prompted me to team up with a very good friend, Kelvin Mwesa and together we formed a group called New Age and I became the lead vocalist.

Initially, our intention as New Age was to produce a gospel album but then we conscripted our sound engineer and producer Sebastian Mutale and decided to change the whole gospel concept to something more secular instead.

We released two albums: our well renowned debut Biyoyo and Chikokoshi, which did very well too.” During the year 2000, Jordan also worked with the all-boy group Just Close and sang with them on their smash hit ‘Twamilumbanya’, which was featured on the Rhythm Nation Project. J.K.’s unblemished voice also features on Shatel’s debut album Chikondi, on the hit song ‘Naitopela’ that has dominated music charts. He also wrote and produced the track ‘Tamwagupile’.

Now firmly established as the leading Zambian musician of his generation, J.K. has made a tremendous impact on the country’s music scene over the past year.

His hit songs have dominated the airwaves and his many concerts across the country have mesmerised audiences. J.K.’s first solo album, self-titled JK was released in 2001. In 2002, J.K. received a Ngoma Award as well as a KORA Award nomination. He also performed in London and South Africa.

In addition, he has got critical acclaim and massive public support for his many concerts and appearances. J.K.’s second album, the 14-track Helena, was released in 2003.

It features a wonderful guest appearance by Zimbabwean music legend Oliver Mtukudzi on a track called ‘Dzokera’ in Shona and Bemba. J.K. uses different languages – on Helena the title track is in Kiswahili: in writing the lyrics J.K. meticulously used a Kiswahili dictionary. J.K’s style varies from upbeat dance raps, ragga, to slow ballads, all of which he does equally well.

‘Mbombola’ on the CD JK has a fantastic Congolese soukous beat. With a very supportive team of people that he works with and a determined and energetic attitude, J.K. is moving from strength to strength.

His music career began in a group called New Age. After leaving the group, he released his own debut album, the self-titled [JK].

On one track of his follow up album, Helena, he performed a duet with Oliver Mutukudzi, a Zimbabwean musician.

On No Pressure, he once again he collaborated on one song with another musician from South Africa, Hugh Masekela.

In 2010, Katembula released another album, Kapiripiri, titled after the single “Kapiripiri”. It features Salma Doldia, a female Zambian artist. The album was produced by Digital X, a Lusaka based studio. The “Kapiripiri” music video received air play on MTVbase and channel O.

In 2014 he has released a song titled “Telemundo loving” which is being aired on channel O and all local TV stations in Zambia.

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