Musicians Associations of Malawi (MAM) says there is need for tough rules to be put in place for international music promoters to avoid duping Malawian music lovers.
MAM president Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango said this after music fans in Malawi complained that they were duped of their money after Morgan Heritage failed to bring in a live band instead used CDs.
Mhango said his office was overwhelmed with complaints.
“We don’t expect organisers to cheat people. MAM has received a lot of complaints. My in tray is full, there are many texts in my phone, on Whatsapp. Music fans want to find out what we are doing about it,” said Mhango, a respected veteran singer.
He said MAM, Copyright Society of Malawi and government share the blame because they have not put in place stringent measures to avert such malpractices.
“MAM, Cosoma and government were supposed to be notified. We were supposed to scrutinise the contractual agreement,” said Mhango.
He said his organisation, Cosoma and government will now work together to protect Malawian music fans.
Mhango said not long ago, music fans were robbed of their money after an international musician failed to turn up for his scheduled shows after people had already bought tickets.
The music fans have not yet been refumded their money. A South African music organiser who organised the show was arrested and his case is court in Lilongwe.