Lloyd Phiri says ‘selling my own music has been fruitful’

Gospel musician Lloyd Phiri says since he started selling his own music a month ago he has managed to sell close to 5, 000 CD copies in Lilongwe only.

The Musician expressed satisfaction saying that he could have never accumulated that much money if his music was being sold by suppliers.

According to the musician, most suppliers duplicate the CDs and sell them on their behind which makes the original Music not to sell that much.

“You could drop your music at a supplier and you would only manage to sell 600 copies after a long time. This time around I am my own boss and I have taken the matter in my own hands to sell my own music which has so far shown fruitful results,” he said.

Lloyd Phiri: Selling own music

Lloyd Phiri: Selling own music

Phiri said he will now start selling his music in Blantyre after being in Lilongwe for almost a month.

He, however, said he is currently looking for a potential supplier who should be selling his music to compliment what he is currently doing.

The gospel musician further highlighted that, one of the reasons he started selling his own music was because he wanted to reduce piracy which he claims he has so far managed to take to court a supplier for selling his music illegally.

“We have spies who go to these shops to buy our CDs and when they do we go back to confront them for selling our music when we, the owners haven’t supplied them with our CDs.

“At the moment I have taken to court one supplier who was selling my music without my permission,” explained Phiri.

He expressed satisfaction with the way people have received his new album ‘Sachedwa Safulumila’ which he launched on June 30 at the ICA Marquee.

Phiri says that in the meantime he will not conduct shows up to November because he wants to concentrate on shooting his DVD which he says was on standstill because of financial constraints.

He said “As you know to organise a show one requires a lot of money which we do not have at the moment, so we will focus on the DVD shooting and we may return to the stage in November. But that does not mean we will not support our friends’ shows.”

The 15 Track album was produced by Lloyd Phiri himself at his LLohy Sound Control Studios.—Malawi News agency

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