Manyowa appointed to Zimura board

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Vasco Chaya

GOSPEL music sensation Janet Manyowa, pictured, has been appointed to the Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (Zimura) board, replacing fellow gospel singer Charles Charamba who resigned late last year to focus on personal projects.

“Manyowa was selected by the board to replace Charamba who resigned last year because he was overwhelmed by work.

“He is into music and also runs a church. After a thorough research, the board settled for Manyowa, who is one of the outstanding musicians in the country and she was the best candidate for the vacancy to balance gender,” Zimura executive director Polisile Ncube-Chimhini said.

The award winning diva will join Albert Nyathi (chairperson), Machanic Manyeruke (vice-chairperson), Witness Zhangazha (legal advisor), Phillip Chipfumbu, First Batani, Nathaniel Ncube, Dingumuzi Phuti and Ncube-Chimhini (executive director).

Meanwhile, Zimura which boasts of over 3 000 members, last week revealed it will disburse a second round of royalties to the tune of $2 million to musicians. This comes after the organisation distributed the first round of royalties ($2 million) on July 1.

“Zimura wishes to announce to its members that a second royalties distribution of $2 million will be done this year. This supplementary distribution has been necessitated and achieved by the following: the need for cushioning of artists whose livelihood has been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic; the payment by ZBC of its legacy debt up to December 31, 2019 and the ability by Zimura to raise an additional $1 million that has been added to the ZBC payment.”

The money is distributed according to the success of the musicians’ songs on the market including on radio and in public places such as night clubs among others.

When the song is played on Star FM, the musician gets $0,75 per play while ZBC pays $5,31.
Last year the organisation, which is mandated to protect and promote the rights of music composers, authors and publishers paid royalties to at least 2 500 musicians and the highest paid musician pocketed $5 000.

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