HARARE – Sungura kingpin Alick Macheso says most musicians will remain paupers until the government and police take decisive action to end music piracy.
Macheso made the remarks to guests who attended Oliver Mtukudzi’s tribute dinner organised by FBC Bank at the Rainbow Towers on Thursday night.
With police commissioner General Augustine Chihuri in attendance along with Information and Communication Technology minister Webster Shamu and Airforce Commander Perrance Shiri, the sungura king seized the opportunity to highlight the piracy scourge.
Macheso, a shareholder in Last Power recording studio which folded recently, said government has to act because it was also losing money due to rampant piracy.
“Government used to receive substantial income from music recording companies in the form of taxes but that money is no longer coming because music companies are no longer viable due to piracy,” said theTafadzwa singer to the applause of several musicians who attended the Tuku dinner.
“The government has to take measures to stop piracy because musicians are suffering. The musicians have been forced to rely on music concerts because there no royalties anymore due to piracy,” added Macheso.
Addressing the same dinner, Elvas Mari, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe director, expressed hope the newly-created Arts ministry will help solve problems being faced by artistes.
“I want to commend the government for recognising our arts industry. This is a platform given to us so that we air our views,” said Mari.
Mari also urged the government to accord Mtukudzi a diplomatic passport in recognition of his sterling contribution to the arts and the ambassadorial role he has played for the country for many decades.