B-Flow, real name Brian Bwembya, says on his Facebook page that he begins August with a new job in New York.
He said his stay in the city, where most artistes desire to make a name, was an opportunity for his professional development.
“I’ve been given this nice apartment, I’ve been awarded an opportunity to stay and work in the US (for some time) for my professional development experience (PDE) beginning 10th August, 2015. I will work in the field of music, events and company management with an American company called OK AFRICA here in NY. This company focuses on raising the profile of African artists on the global stage. A big thank you to President Obama and the US government for recognising my work, for sponsoring this trip, connecting me to all these organisations and for investing in the enhancement of my work,” the Zambian vocalist said.
He also thanked President Obama for acknowledging his work as a musician in Zambia.
“Thank you for that powerful speech that has gone viral, in which you [President Obama] gave me credit for my music and told the world how proud you are to partner with me in development. I extend my gratitude to the US Embassy Zambia, the US Department of State and IREX for this YALI PDE, which has come after the six weeks I spent at Wagner College where I learned a lot and was honoured as an international associate. Time to work! I thank you for these blessings,” he said, adding: “Dear Zambia, as the President said, when B Flow is back in Zambia, he will be opening Music for Change, so wait patiently for it. I’m inspired to inspire more people.”
B-Flow has been in the US under the Mandela Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders programme.