Musicians have ambition to grow, but piracy is the only barrier sidelining this dream and this has inspired the local artists to introduce an awareness campaign in fighting piracy.
To ensure that the campaign is successful, Musicians Development Institute (MUDI), an organization that is dominated by Malawian artists on Thursday organized a tour around the city of Lilongwe to inform the public on how it will effectively reduce piracy in the country.
Apart from that, a representative of the Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA), Thomas Chirambo appreciated the move made by the musicians, as it will help in boosting their sales when people stop engaging in piracy.
“I urge people to report those involved in piracy. This is the only solution to deal with piracy and we will work hand–in-hand with the public,” Chirambo said.
“COSOMA is on the forefront in fighting piracy. The coming of MUDI will ensure that issues of piracy are mitigated,” he said.
As a token of appreciation, the piracy officer, Johns Magwira Chisale of ‘Angobadwabe’ fame continued to say that a reward will be given in return after providing information leading to the arrest of those involved in piracy.
“We have launched the piracy campaign and now is time for action, we will confiscate computers from those found burning CDs. We are also working with different organizations such as Airtel and TNM,” he added.
Hax Momba who is well known by ‘Kufasafelana’, a hit song that attracted many people, welcomed the development and said that it is time for musicians to fight piracy in order for the music industry to grow big in Malawi.
The campaign attracted gospel artists including Evance Meleka – who recently joined the elite of gospel musicians did not hesitate to take part in the awareness tour.
“I decided to be part of the campaign since gospel music has also been affected by piracy” he said.
The campaign gained momentum after it was firstly launched in Areas 23, Kawale, 24, 36, Likuni and 25 respectively.
Kendal and Symon, Bon Kavalasanza, Matching Soldiers, Hax Momba, Johns Magwira Chisale were among other artists who cheered the awareness campaign.