This from George da Soulchild Kaufela, co-presenter of our weekly radio show, The Chanters Lodge Experience, via information from Times of Zambia.

Born Francisca Margaret Msisha on January 11,1992 in Kabwe, Zambia. Franciar (above) started singing at an early stage of her life at her local church in Lusaka. She did her primary education at Harry Mwaanga Elementary School, her Middle School at Pamodzi Girls High School in Mufulira, later graduating high school in 2008 from Matero Girls High School. After that she went to NIPA College in 2010 and began her first year Business Administration.

As a youngster she sung in the choir with her sister Rose and each time she sung, the crowd always had something to say about her sweet voice. In her early teens she competed in local talent shows and beauty pageants and won many of the events, impressing her audience with her natural singing and dancing abilities. Teaming up with her long time friend and producer J.O.B, Franciar started recording underground music as her sisters stood in as her manager. She finally got a recording deal when one of her sisters took her demo to Ben Blazer, who immediately signed her onto his label under Blazer Studios. She then started rising in the music industry gaining momentum with her hit record “Umutokofyompo”.

While enjoying her rise to in the music industry, Franciar continued to pursue her higher education and used the opportunity to write as well as to make more records which have recently been released. During a silent streak, Franciar did voluntary work as a facilitator for Youth Alive Zambia and worked with various artists who included her producer/fellow artist J.O.B. on his song “Puunkuutopwa”, her brother Flexville Marley on his hit song “Tonight” and she is currently working with Bobby East on one of his records. She also had the opportunity of working with one of Zambia’s top hip hop group “Zone Fam” on their record “Walking On The Moon”. She then featured Zone Fam’s group members J Rox and Verbal Assassin on her record “Dymandi”.

Franciar, who is considered or called the “Boss Lady or Madame Officer” at Blazer Studios is the only female on the label, hence the name. She has featured on a number of other songs in a compilation that is called “Blazer Compilation” featuring all the artists signed to the label. Franciar featured on yet another top Zambian artist Petersen Zaggaze’s record which was called “Till the Morning” and “Kokondodo” which was done by Dj Cosmo, who is one of Zambia’s top radio DJ’s.

Franciar is the last born daughter coming from a family of 8 children with 4 brothers and 4 sisters and she is considered the baby of the family. Franciar’s father passed away when she was only 1 year old so she was raised by her mother and siblings. Her musical career was inspired by the support she received from her family and friends, not forgetting her late father who loved singing. As an artist, Franciar still takes pride in, and time to go back to, her local church and sing there on special occasions – it will always be home for her!