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Musicians widows urged to form union


Patron of Zimbabwe Union of Musicians Webster Shamu has called upon all musicians widows to form a union to tackle various issues that affect them collectively.

Speaking at a show to commemorate the late System Tazvida in the capital recently, Shamu said musicians widows often had problems with their husbands record labels in terms of royalties.

Its now high time widows had their own union that will represent them and be a mediator between them and their recording stables, said Shamu.

Zimbabwe had witnessed a number of musicians widows languishing in poverty yet their late husbands would have recorded many albums that are earning royalties.

Some of their husbands loyalists disappeared with the instruments while others operate behind the widows backs collecting royalties at the expense of the widows.

Meanwhile the event that was attended by Tazvidas widow Barbara and supporters of Smoko music was a success with Leeroy Kamusena Lunga leading the Boys of Smoko, taking the fully-packed venue down memory lane when the late System was alive through popular hits like Anodyiwa Haataure, Kaserura Ndizvo and Dai Hanzvadzi Yairoorwa among others.

The late System Tazvida became very popular mainly in the 1990s, though not as well-known internationally.
He was best known for his hits Anodyiwa Haataure and Mushandi Ndimambo.

However, it was his 1993 hit Rudo Tsika Nemagariro which propelled him to national stardom.

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