The Muchimba Music Foundations’ Zed Me Free Concert was a resounding success, playing deep into the night last Saturday at Lusaka Zambia’s Showgrounds Main Arena. Headlined by Thomas Buttenschon, the show featured some of Zambia’s leading musical artists, including Macky 2, Chef 187, and Mampi.
Co-sponsored by the Roskilde Festival and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Zed Me Free’s all star line-up also featured Maiko Zulu, Danny Kaya, John Chiti, Afunika, and B Flow. The non profit concert was a “Test For Ticket” event – anyone who tested for Hiv received a complimentary admission ticket.
Zed Me Free was a passion project for Buttenschon. Born HIV+ in 1985 to a Zambian mother and Danish father, Thomas takes a daily antiretroviral medication that keeps him healthy, and prevents him from transmitting the virus to his wife and children.