BULAWAYO - Afro Jazz musician Jeys Marabini said he will not submit to piracy by selling his album for $1 — instead he is selling it for $10 a copy.
Marabini launched his 12-track eighth album, Thula Sana at a well-attended show at Bulawayo Theatre over the weekend.
Unlike Sungura ace Alick Macheso who had to strategically beat piracy through reducing the price of his album Tsoka Dzerwendo to a dollar, Marabini refused to buy the idea.
“I understand there is piracy but let’s not bend to it, as musicians we should stand up and take piracy head on, our products are not worth a dollar, if we don’t stand up, trust me, we end up giving them for free.
“We survive on what we would have worked for. To make an album costs a lot of money, it’s been almost a year while I was busy putting my album together,” he said.
A three-time National Arts Merit Award winner, Marabini further said musicians should come together to ensure their fans value their efforts in such a way that they will see all the reasons to support them.
Thula Sana was produced by Blessing Muparutsa, engineered by Vusa Moyo and was recorded at 10th District Music and Ingwe Studios.
Muparutsa, who has worked with Dudu Manhenga, said Marabini engaged him as part of improving his music.
“I had an interest working with him when he said to me he wanted to change the face of music in the industry,” Muparutsa said.
About the latest project he said: “We put everything that we had and we wanted the album to be different and all the songs to me are just the best.”
He described the towering musician as “a calm normal musicians, he is a man of principle who knows what he wants to do.”
During the launch, Marabini played six songs from the album and by the end of the event most people were slowly warming up to the beat, with some endorsing the afro Jazz musician for a job well done in consistently putting music from this region on the map.
The title track proved to be the darling of many as some could be surprisingly seen singing along in appreciation.
The song talks about perseverance while encouraging people not give up in their life endeavours.
One of the songs that seemed to have been well received was Diaspora, done differently with a Reggae flare.
The song addresses the social imbalances of family men who go to Diaspora and forget to look after their families back home.
Also making the album is Inkunzi Emnyama, a traditional song that speaks on the importance of observing culture.
Marabini who has performed at some of the world’s biggest festivals such as Womad Lamatree, Glastonbury and Edinburgh cut his teeth in the music fraternity back in 2002.
Since then he has not looked back as he has dropped albums that include Emarabini, Thuthukani Ngothando, Sounds of Today and Tomorrow, One continue from 1Time, Izenzo and Jeys at 40.