U.S. Embassy Celebrates Zambia@50 with Freedom Song Vocal Recording Artist

Lusaka. September 4, 2014.

Lusaka – The Embassy of the United States of America congratulates Zambia on its upcoming 50th anniversary of independence! As part of the U.S. Embassy’s contribution to Zambia@50 celebrations, the U.S. government is sponsoring a September 3-6 visit of world renowned American inspirational singer Wintley Phipps for Golden Jubilee performances. We invite the public to join us in celebrating Zambia@50 at a free concert performance on Friday, September 5, 18:00-20:00 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka.

As the Embassy of the United States reflects on Zambia’s freedom struggle that led to independence 50 years ago, we are reminded that the U.S. civil rights movement took place simultaneously in our country. The U.S. civil rights movement was a freedom struggle for African Americans and it culminated the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed discrimination and segregation in the United States. Therefore, the United States and Zambia this year celebrate our joint freedom anniversaries — the 50th anniversary of Zambia’s independence and the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964.

During his visit to Zambia, Wintley Phipps will sing freedom songs from the U.S. civil rights movement and, with his “booming baritone” voice, will also share with audiences explanations of how these songs inspired thousands, if not millions, of Americans to strive for freedom for all people. In addition to his free, open-to-the-public concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, Wintley Phipps will hold invitation-only performances at Government Complex and Kayula Childhood Cancer Foundation, and will hold musicians’ workshops with music industry professionals and students of music at educational institutions in Lusaka.

The visit of Wintley Phipps is sponsored by: The Government of the United States of America, National Arts Council of Zambia, Zambia@50, Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Zambia Daily Mail, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Alex Borzi – Zirbo Zambia Limited, Exodus Van Lines, and the Zambia Association of Musicians.