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HRD, Musician
Rights on the Line Podcast

Season 3, Episode 5: 48 Hours: Countdown to Zambia's national elections


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Pilato (real name, Fumba Chama) is a rap artist and social activist based in Ndola, Copperbelt Province, who focuses his music and activism on corruption and the rights of the poor and marginalized. In December 2017, he released a highly popular song “Koswe Mumpoto” (Rat in the Pot), for which he received death threats. In 2018, he released the video "This is Zambia" - a localized version of the Chldish Gambino hit, "This is America" - which offers an unfiltered critique of corruption in Zambia.

Despite the appearance of a non-hostile environment against HRDs, harassment and threats against them are rampant but very subtle. HRDs facing most harassment are those engaged in governance-related advocacy, as well as journalists who venture into investigative journalism.


This is Zambia