Music piracy: Shamu calls for divine help

HARARE - Music piracy took centre stage at the launch of Charles and Olivia Charamba’s new album WeNazareta last week after Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services minister Webster Shamu called on the country’s churches to pray against the scourge.

Shamu, who was the guest of honour, admitted that the authorities had lost the battle against music pirates who have brought the country’s showbiz industry to its knees. I am happy various church leaders are gathered here tonight, I urge you to join forces and pray against piracy for the benefit of our artistes,” said Shamu.

“It took ages and thousands of dollars to produce a quality product like WeNazareta but it is painful to note that some unscrupulous dealers can just take the product and sell it on the street charging ridiculously low prices.”

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) director Elvas Mari also conceded during the high profile album launch that relevant State agencies were failing to contain music piracy.

“We have laws against piracy but the issue is that the responsible authorities are failing to take serious action against the perpetrators, “said Mari.

“We all know that stealing a beast will attract a hefty jail sentence but here we are talking of intellectual property theft but nothing is done to curb the crime,” added Mari. Charles and Olivia Charamba’s new 10-track album, officially launched at Ster-kinekor Eastgate, is a marked departure from their previous albums. WeNazareta has a distinct Afro-jazz feel. Tracks on the new offering are Kukunamatai, Ndiwe, Men of David, NaJehovah Zvinoita, Glory To Jehovah, Mugamuchire, Ndinochemera Jesu, Tsitsi Nyasha Nemutsa, Munopindura and No Woman Should Die (While Giving Life).

Given the four-year wait for the album from gospel music’s first family, it was not surprising that the album launch attracted prominent musicians, government officials, music promoters and various popular personalities.

The high-profile personalities in attendance included Mai Rebecca Chisamba, former

Information Technology minister, Nelson Chamisa, music promoters Biggie Chinoperekwei, and Barbara “Mai Red Rose” Chikosi.

Zimbabwe’s leading musicians came in their numbers to support one of their own. Secular musicians who graced the event included superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, sungura kingpin Alick Macheso, Somandla Ndebele, Peter Moyo, Tendai Dembo, Jah Prayzah while the gospel music fraternity was represented by Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, Mechanic Manyeruke, Mathias Mhere, Gift Mahlupeka, Sebastian Magacha and several others.

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