Malawi Music website in ‘downloads-gate’

Lately, a number of top musician in the country have been boasting of massive downloads of their singles from Malawi’s leading music downloading website, www.malawi-music.com. However, investigation shows that music downloads have lately been forged by the administrators of the website, giving selected musicians more downloads at some time.music chat down

A screen capture of the website taken on Saturday, October 18 showed Gwamba’s song “Mama” featuring Blaze topping the list with 13,216 downloads. Another screen capture on the same website taken on Saturday, October 25 showed Piksy’s single leading with 13,975 seconded by Excess’s “Ndimangovomera” with 10,021 downloads with Gwamba’s single that was on top on October 18 pushed to number 3 with 10,008 showing a deduction of 3,208 downloads. One would expect an increase in Gwamba’s single, but in this case, it is the other way round.

Yet another screen capture taken on Sunday, October 26, 2014 shows Gwamba’s single pushed down again to position four with 9,240 downloads showing a difference of 781 downloads from a screen capture of October 25, 2014.

Orderly, Gwamba’s single was released on October 9 and Excess’ Ndimangovomera was released on October 16 while Piksy’s single was released on October 20.

Going by the screen captures over the period, one can notice that the music downloads have been falsely modified to give them fake massive downloads at the expense of other equally good songs.

Efforts to reach Kenny Klips, one of the adminstrators at Malawi Music Website proved furtile as his phone could not be reached when tried several times.

However, one of the artists who spoke on anonymity that artists pay money in order to be promoted on the website and faking downloads is just part of it.

“Last time I wanted to submit my music to this website, I was charged K40 thousand as a commitment fee if I wanted my music to be on top. I couldn’t afford that much and my music was not uploaded on the release date. It’s very distubing how other artists enjoy music downloads on the website and I can’t say no to the issue of fake downloads. It simply doesn’t make any sense,” explained the artist.

Early this year, Skeffa Chimoto of “Chinamuluma Chakuda” fame had to take down his music from the website, saying his music was not for free and he never signed any agreement with Malawi Music Company.

“Music is my career and I expect to make money out of it. I was surprised when I heard that my music was being distributed for free on this website and I had to request them to take the singles down because we never had any music distribution contract signed between us,” said Skeffa Chimoto.

Malawi Music downloading website is also popular for its female voice signature that starts erotically at the beginning of every song uploaded on the site.

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11 thoughts on “Malawi Music website in ‘downloads-gate’”

  1. The gate says:

    The gate system is in our blood,ngati sukuba kuntchito kwakoko ukufoira cz aliyese panopa ali ndi gateblood even onse ogwira ntchito ku mbc mbava zokhazokha,and writer of this article was dished out for the whole story,,,,,,praat kak!!!!!!

  2. yakunowa says:

    A Mbwenu ndinu opusa. Nkhani ili apa ndi ya serious and inuyo mukukambapo zanu za mitundu. Kodi munakhala bwanji anthu openga inu?

    On the issue in the story, I am also surprised that the number of music downloads for certain musicians is going down. From my limited knowledge of IT this cant happen unless there has been an overnight technological advancement which some of us are unaware of. The worst that can happen to one’s number of downloads is for them to be static.

  3. zomwezi says:

    And why putting ur music on a non paying website, u should get something for your luso bwana.

    Waste of talent and time with Malawi-Music.com

  4. mbwenu says:

    nkhani ili apa ndiya gwamba chifukwa ndi mtumbuka nzanu a nyasa simumatha kulembaso nkhani inu naga mwawafunsa a malawi music downloads kuti afotokoze kuti chikuchitika ndi chani?….mbuzi!!!!

  5. lady gaga says:

    Za ziii, khalani nazo nyimbo zanuzo, tikatsitsa anaconda wa minaj pa youtube. Komanso Johnny

  6. keputa says:

    hahah…the author of this article must be a stupid fool infact a useless dude….
    what happens in music downloads is that the rate of a song & number of downloads are determined by plenty of factors one of it being the release date…
    consider Gwamba’s bola kusache single..how many downloads does t have up to date? f t z not close to 40 000…but z t on the Malawi music’s top 20?
    the answer is no bcoz t wz released way back…
    xoh n most websites after a week passes all the downloads of that song n that week are removed on the top list and the downloads that r counted r the fresh ones..that is the downloads n the new week…
    and that count is not done by an individual manually t z a database work supported by the internet…
    write things after a though research otherwise what you have written is a joke to IT guys out there…

    1. Kingsly Joe says:

      Keputa you sound like one of them and to me, a big joke is you brother it seems you dont understand whats being said. Tikuwuze muchichewa.

      Zomwe wakamba kuti zimatengera ma week ndizowona koma how do you explain the deduction in downloads.

      I have checked ma snap shot aise and nyimbo ya Gwamba ukunenayo ma downloads akutsika. inali pa 13 thousand now ilipa 9 thousand. IT yanu imayambira ma downloads ambiri nkumatsika?

      Dont blame nyasatimes ayise akungotiuza zomwe zimachitika zomwe ambiri samadziwa. This is investigative journalism that most journalists couldnt think of and being supported by proovable facts.

  7. zedediya says:

    Inetu ndimadabwa kuti kodi nyimbo izi ndiye zititinso akuti Malawi’s top 20 chart! Ma downloads a fake. Umbava pa Malawi uli paliponse nowadays. In the name of promoting Malawian music. he he he

  8. Moto Wayaka says:

    Safety sili safe, mpaka fote sauzande zomwezi?

  9. Dumisani Chikadya says:

    This is very true, I just downloaded a song and I expected the figures to change automatically (as they should) but nothing happened.

  10. Kingsly Joe says:

    Mazoba awa tinawona kale ife khalidwe limeneli ayini ake amati.akupusitsa amalawi.

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