A new music “streaming” platform Mvelani says it does not charge artists to upload or doctor its download numbers to favours others, saying they are more “ethical”, after MalawiZoom.com questioning why Malawian artists have to pay for their music to be on Malawi-music.com, the leading music download site in the country.
Since the critical lifestyle website Malawi Zoom reported in “pay per upload” on Malawi-music.com, therehas been debate on whether artists should be paying music streaming and download sites to have their music uploaded on the platforms.
Malawi –music.com rejected claims that they charge artists to pay for download.
But music artist and promoter Biggie Lu has come to the defence of the platform and its management, saying the ‘artists pay for promotion’, is good , arguing that promotion of music shouldn’t be free.
“My question is did you know that they [Malawi-music.com] have an office that needs to be paid monthly? Did you know that building a website requires skills, patience, even maintenance? Did you know its got employees which it pays? Are you working for free wherever your working?” questioned Big Lu via social media.
DJ and music enthusiast Kenny Klips earlier said:“I tell people what do you want me to do and what is your budget. Most cats vanish
“Go look for the word promotion in the dictionary, come back to me. It’s a service I’m offering, I have to get paid,” said Klips.
But Mvelani.com director Dumisani Kapanga, said his site does not charge artists, saying that is not right.
“We dont’ charge people to upload or doctor our figures. Everything is algorithimic driven and our artists beneft,” Kapanga told Nyasa Times.
“This is why we are also the leading streaming website n Rwanda,” said Kapanga, 29 a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde University, and working in London.
He created the site for the music, which is often not available through mainstream music channels, as many of the acts involved do not have record labels or publishing deals.
Mvelani launched on 23 January, 2015 and provides music for desktop and mobile devices.