Harare’s music pirates seem to have started significantly benefiting from Akon’s September 4 performance in the capital as merchandise bearing his name has found a brisk uptake from the music star’s fans.
Taking advantage of the forthcoming show, pirates at street corners have increased the number of Akon and Sean Paul music CDs and DVDs, hoping to capitalise on the fans’ excitement in the run-up to the show.
A vendor selling pirated international movies and series at the corner of Chinhoyi Street and Kwame Nkrumah Avenue said the products have become more like appetisers for prospective Akon show revellers and those who have already bought tickets for the show.
“M’dhara, tine DVD relive show yaAkon (My friend, we’re selling DVDs of Akon’s live show) $1 each,” said the vendor.
“Murikuenda here kwaAkon, m’dhara (Are you going to Akon’s show)? “Tomorrow we’ll have Sean Paul’s DVDs.”
The same is happening in high-density suburbs, where vendors are selling posters of the two Zimbabwe- bound artists.
CDs and DVDs cost one dollar and are cheaply labelled to imitate the original but the pale shade of the ink on the CDs and the regular plastic sleeves show that they are fake.
Men of the moment, Akon, read a misspelt pirated Akon DVD label on sale at the corner of Albion and Chinhoyi streets.