FIRST Farai and Pastor Charles Charamba were on Tuesday voted onto the Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (Zimura) board.
Report by Silence Charumbira
Together with publisher Emion Sibindi and Bornface Manyonga, the four join Albert Nyathi, Bob Nyabinde, Joyce Simeti and Witness Zhangazha, who were retained as board members at the annual general meeting of the association.
Zimura director Polisile Ncube said the new board was likey to face less challenges as compared to the previous one.
“The previous board had to endure gruelling court procedures with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation from the High Court to Supreme Court when we were fighting for royalties, but that is a won battle,” said Ncube.
“We have already signed a contract with ZiFM and they have since started paying royalties while we are almost through with StarFM negotiations.
“So there are no challenges from the outset although there is work to be done.”
Ncube said although musicians were not going to benefit immediately from the royalties that were paid last week by ZiFM, they would ultimately reap fruits after Zimura was done with processing of log sheets and eventually distribute the money.
First Farai said his immediate task as a board member is to better the livelihoods of musicians and families of deceased musicians.
“Our plan in the coming year is to start organising members so that we can raise funds to purchase land where we can build houses for musicians and families of departed artistes,” he said.
“The challenge is some musicians are not co-operative, but I know we can achieve that.”