New music union formed

HARARE - Zimbabwean musicians have formed an association called Zimbabwe Musicians Union (Zimu) which seeks to safeguard the rights and civil liberties of artistes in the country.

The new union for musicians was mooted on July 14 this year and is currently being led by an interim committee led by famous female bassist Edith Katiji.

The other members of the caretaker committee are Lloyd Chidikano (vice chair), Rute Mbangwa (secretary), Pablo Master Nakapa (coordinator), Thomas Brickhill (treasurer), Dzikamayi Machingura (legal advisor), Brian Nhanhanga (committee member), Terence Mapurisana (advisor), Hector Mugani (committee member) and Daniel Ngwira ( spokesperson).

According to a press release from Zimu, Zimbabwean musicians have no tangible benefits to talk of.

“While music has the potential to immensely uplift the wellbeing of a society, it is sad that it is a talent from the Almighty whose rewards have eluded the practising musician in Zimbabwe,” read part of the statement.

“Due to a perceived lack of an enabling environment which would safeguard the rights and civil liberties of Zimbabwe musicians, the aim of Zimu is to bestow dignity to the music industry while observing the laws of the Republic of Zimbabwe.”

The statement added that Zimu is a non-political, non-profitable, non-denominational and non-racial association which aims to promote and defend the good of all musicians and lobby for a pro-musician legal framework.

The Katiji-led Zimu steering committee will report to their members this Saturday at the Book Café on the status of the music union’s registration with the necessary statutory bodies.

Zimu becomes the second musicians’ union in the country after the Zimbabwe Union of Musicians which has failed to actively represent its members.


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