HARARE – Gospel star Charles Charamba and poet-cum-musician Albert Nyathi have been included in a new seven-member Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (Zimura) board voted into office on Tuesday.
The two popular artistes will be joined by Joyce Simeti, Bob Nyabinde, First Farai, Metro Studios proprietor Emion Sibindi and Borniface Manyonganise.
Only outgoing chairperson Nyathi, gospel musician Simeti and jazz star Nyabinde were retained from the previous board during the elective Zimura annual general meeting.
Charamba, whose 58 votes were second only to Nyathi’s 65 during the voting process, was understandably delighted to be included in the new board that will serve for the next three years.
“Being appointed means that people have confidence in me and what I can do,” said the gospel star.
“I will work to help my fellow musicians and myself as well. Zimura is about composers and musicians so it is good to have a board which has all these people as they will represent their colleagues from an informed point of view.”
The outgoing Zimura board was involved in numerous squabbles with the country’s radio stations over royalties.
The board was unable to get over $600 000 owed by the cash-strapped Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).
According to well-placed Zimura sources, the music rights association is close to finalising music royalty deals with the country’s two private radio stations Star FM and ZiFM.
Meanwhile urban grooves artistes, who clearly form the bulk of the country’s musicians, failed to secure a seat on the board following their failure to turn up in sufficient numbers to vote for one of their own.
Only Enock “ExQ” Munhenga, Sani Makhalima, Trevor Dongo, Cindy Munyavi, Mudiwa, Alexio “Goodchild” Gwenzi and a few others attended the elective AGM.
Not surprisingly, Enock “ExQ” Munhenga who was in the running for a Zimura board seat lost out by just two votes to Nyabinde who garnered 12 votes.
The second urban groover in the race Sani Makhalima only got nine votes.
In the end more united musicians from the sungura and gospel music genres held sway.
A senior musician who attended the AGM blamed the young musicians’ failure to make it onto the seven-member board to lack of unity that was demonstrated by the fact that the urban grooves camp split votes by fielding two candidates.
“They did not think through what they were supposed to do properly. Instead of fielding both Sani and ExQ, they should have just concentrated on one.
“Right now they could have been having a representative in the board. Even their turnout was shockingly low, these guys are the majority and most of them stay in Harare but they did not come,” he said.