Sungura giant Tongai Dhewa Moyo will only release his latest album, Toita Basa, after having it first encrypted in Switzerland to avoid illegal mass reproductions for the pirate market.
This would be Dhewa’s first time to have his music encrypted, and would perhaps mark a new development in the country’s music industry, which has significantly lost out to pirates who have benefited more from musicians’ works, leaving the musicians in penury.
“I’m sending my latest album to Switzerland to get it ‘locked’.
So I will only release the album when that is done, probably in late November or early December,” said Dhewa.
The Murozvi Mukuru hitmaker, who left the studio at midnight on Tuesday, said he had been working tirelessly to perfect his latest album.
He said Toita Basa was a compilation of his exciting new tracks like Ndiro Yababa, Tsamba Ndakanyora and Ndinobvuma.
“It was a hard decision to have the album encrypted because this is a very expensive exercise.
But it is worth it because, currently, it’s the best way to deal with piracy,” said Moyo.