Chamisa, Shamu to grace Jive Zim launch

HARARE - Jive Zimbabwe, an online music distribution company is being launched today.

Minister of Publicity and Information Webster Shamu and minister of Information communication Technology Nelson Chamisa will be guest speakers at the launch.

The publicist manager at Kebab centre, Blessing Vava said this initiative would eradicate piracy in the country and make sure original Zimbabwean music is accessed across the world.

“The local music must be available especially for everyone in the Diaspora, we are going to ensure easy downloads of the music at affordable charges,” said Vava.

The company which was founded in 2009 only started operations this year. It is among a few entities that aspire to ensure that artistes get their dues.

“We are working towards curbing piracy and this is a good initiative because music will be available online on an official website,” he said.

Jive Zimbabwe is the country’s first online agency. Vava said it aspires to be the biggest online music promoter for local artistes.

“The website will not only be a distributor but will promote upcoming artistes. The website will include an e-diary (online entertainment diary),” said Vava.

Since Friday, artistes have been taking turns performing at Kebab in honour of today’s launch. Musicians who have executed shows include Suluman Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah.

The urban grooves family also thrilled music lovers last night at the centre in Harare, in preparation of the official launch.

ExQ, the organising musician said urban grooves artistes are pleased with the initiative that is making history in the musical industry.

“Most of the artistes are welcoming the move, we are so happy with their move,” said the Salad hit maker.

Leornard Mapfumo an urban grooves forerunner is also happy with the launch.

In an interview with the Daily News yesterday Mapfumo said performers are more than ready for the big night.

“We are happy that the music industry has been remembered, the greatest aspect about this function is that we are going to have our music distributed via a safer, lawful and convenient way,” said the Two Chete songster.

Urban grooves artistes who performed last night include Cindy, Diana Samkange, Trevor Dongo, Stunner, Extra Large among others. - Kaleen Gombera

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