Macheso bitter over piracy

HARARE - Sungura ace Alick Macheso has been hard hit by piracy.Macheso’s forthcoming album which is still to be titled is already available on the streets, thanks to piracy.

The Tafadzwa singer wishes he could rewind time, back to the good years of the 1980s to 1990s where technology and music piracy had not developed to current levels.

“I am still yet to record my forthcoming album but I was astonished to see CDs sold under my name on the streets. I listened carefully to the songs on the CD only to find out that they are my songs which they (pirates) recorded during our concerts using smart mobile phones.

“This is now a serious matter, back in the old days this was unheard of,” said Macheso.

He told the Daily News that the development has affected him and up to now he is still in a state of confusion, pondering whether to carry on recording the same songs pirated or to re-work them a bit.

“I am still deliberating on it,” he said.

This is not Macheso’s first encounter with  piracy.

His albums Kwatakabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure) and Ndezvashe and Vapupuri Pupurai  also found their way onto the streets through the back door without the Orchestra Mberikwazvo frontman’s approval.

Macheso, who has nine albums, including Zvinoda Kutendwa, Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya, Zvakanaka Zvakadaro, Simbaradzo, Vakiridzo and Magariro among others later changed a few lines on some of the songs on the albums “so as to beat the pirates.”

Some music analysts attributed the time taken by Macheso before releasing a new album as the main issue behind piracy.

“It is now a while since Macheso released an album hence pirates are trying to make money through what is not there,” said a music analyst.

Of late it seems all the responsible authorities have lost the battle against piracy as piracy has taken over.

Comments (3)

this is what has destroyed many of us.live show dzacho iwo mapromoter acho anokupa sick money hanzi hauna zita saka wandipireishow uku piracy neuko shuwa vaimbi tayaura kuti vasungwe havasungike vodya zvavo zvavasina kushandira pedzezvo hanzi vaimbi vemuno vanokanga waya ndatsamwa fani

arts - 2 September 2014

The best way to fight piracy is to make original copies of CDs cheaper than the black market

charles charingeno - 2 September 2014

Given the massive spread of piracy, I am surprised that artists still offer to perform their works on shows before the official launch of their albums. From very close inspection, piracy can be avoided. Before release of the album, that is.

Tyrone Takawira - 4 February 2017

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