Malawi musicians cry foul over absence of Cosoma Board

Musicians across the country have expressed dissatisfaction over the missing of a board committee at Copy Right Society of Malawi (Cosoma).

Music Association of Malawi (MAM) President, Rev. Chimwemwe Mhango said in an interview that the absence of the Board Committee at Cosoma is a disgrace to the nation, saying it is fueling piracy a thing which renders musicians in the country to remain poor.

Rev. Mhango explained that the association has been pushing government for the Board, but nothing tangible has been instituted to enable that, saying absence of the Board affects operations of the society in terms of regulation, policing and licensing.

”Musicians are tired and frustrated of this development. Imagine since 2005 Cosoma has been without the controlling committee a development which is hindering the future of music industry in the country.

Rev Mhango

Rev Mhango

“Without the Board, operations of the society are fully affected in the sense that it can’t police, regulate and lincense all players. This has resulted in rampant piracy in the country that reaps off artists,” Mhango said.

Mhango went ahead to request the government to look into this issue with urgency, saying the deadline for the matter to be addressed is August end and failure to address the issue would take unspecified action against government.—Malawi News Agency

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