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Musicians face arrest

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LOCAL musicians who continue to sell their products on the streets risk getting arrested, a Harare City Council official has said.

Winstone Antonio,Own Correspondent

In reaction to the growing problems of music piracy, more and more musicians have resorted to abandoning legal distributors whom they accuse of making extra copies for their personal gain.

Speaking to NewsDay, Council spokesperson Leslie Gwindi said musicians must not be found in the streets selling their products.

“All those musicians who are in streets or thinking of going to sell their products in the streets must bear in mind that it is illegal and they risk getting arrested,” Gwindi said.

Some people who spoke to NewsDay in a snap survey expressed concern over noise pollution as the musicians use loudspeakers to advertise their products in the central business district.

“As much as we understand that these musicians need money from their products, what they are doing is causing noise pollution along city streets by trying to sell their music,” Brian Matapure of Glenview 7, Harare, said.

Some business operators also added their voices in what they have described as “irritating noise” being made by the musicians.

Concern has also been raised in residential areas that are situated close to pubs and bars.

Late last year, residents in the vicinity of Cresta Lodge in Harare complained over noise that led to the police shutting down a gig at the hotel.

In Belvedere, the Indian community has often complained of noise made by churches and musical gigs in the evening at the City Sports Centre and surrounding spaces.
In the central business district, numerous boutiques play loud music often disrupting business in offices housed in their vicinity.

Metro Studios director Emion Sibindi urged relevant authorities to tighten screws to curb piracy that has caused all the resultant problems.

“As a result of piracy, a number of record labels’ operations and business strategies are far from standard as several artistes choose to distribute their own products,” Sibindi said. “Such a reflection depicts high levels of failure by relevant authorities to address the issues (of piracy).

“It has become disrespect to the holders of intellectual property, who are the artistes themselves.”

A musician who spoke on condition of anonymity said since he started selling his music in the street, he was selling more copies in a month than what was being sold by a record label in a similar space of time.

“It was tough for me to receive my dues from the distributors whom I believe were making more copies for themselves for their own gain at the expense of my sweat,” he said.

Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave has also joined the bandwagon of artistes like gospel musicians Kudzi Nyakudya, Pianos Jaravaza and Vabati VaJehovha, among others, who are selling music on the streets.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Leave them and try their lucky….ndiani asingazive kuti tirikutambura muno vabira aniko regedzai vatengese vachengete mhuri dzavo…zvema indians ndezvavo kuno ku africa ivo vanoita noise ne friday pa cnr julius nyerere na kenneth kaunda wani….if u are in rome do what romans do….thats y takaridza vuvuzela paworld cup asi uko rakarambidzwa

  2. Bro Lesly Gwindi seems is not level headed.He is more of a reactor than an actor.He is always on pages to arrest vendors/musicians for city offences.He should find the root cause and adress the problem other than tokusungai.His council arresting powers are much dictatorial than the colonial BSAP.

  3. kupenga kwevamwe vanhu sooka. Ko mapedza here kusunga avo vari kutengesa mapirated discs mustreet. Munongopihwa bribe moenda. Saka ava varidzi vemusic yacho vonyarara vachibirwa vakatarisa here?

  4. vasiyeyi vatengese music yavo. because wat job has been done by these distributors ingada kuti vatengese ivo. ndoohumbavha whavari kuda kuita

  5. what we demand from the so called city fathers is service delivery not vice-versa.the city of harare is now an eyesore due to uncollected garbage,potholes and poor drainage system especially during this raining season we are exposed to diseases like typhoid and cholera.poor road maintenence is also a cause for concern-mapotholes awanda kudarika migwagwa and yet gwindi and company are busy expending their energies in arresting vendors.by laws should be obeyed but the main problem we are facing is the city fathers who are failing to execute their duties except indulging in corrupt activities

  6. siyai ma musicians akadaro, how many are they vaita kuti iwe nyaya yevarume vane ndebvu.ko mashops anotengesa tsono, mbatya nendiro achiridza high volume masireyi?

  7. don hev tym to read ol that crap. Illegal how? Against which law- sub section? Jurno do yo research other than rely on public opinion. Let the musicians mek their money, don u sell yo newspapers in the streets?

  8. Sei achitaura zvekupenga izvozvo, achazviona mwana wake akuimbawo piracy yobva yamukwatura uku madistributors achimudyira mari, ozoendawo pastreet kunotengesa ndo paachamhanyisa vanotengesa mapirated discs

  9. so mr gwindly thinks kusunga will deter all these pple who a determined to make ends meet,kunge kutyisidzira vana vadiki ko ngaaziveka kuti pple want to live uye asafurirwa nemadistributors

  10. Sort out combi ranks first Gwindi before opening your loud gong. Who is more annoying a combi touter touting parked in the middle of the road and an innocent Fungisai who’ll not even harm a fly by selling his art on the streets. Combis are killing innocent people daily in town but you are quite about it.

  11. Besides being emotional, let us face facts. Most of our musicians are not original in producing their own initiations. They lack their own creativity and in most cases, they go to the internet and copy some sound portions from known songs and sing behind that as if they are the originators. They are the first pirates and should not cry foul. Secondly, you cannot fight technology – just accept the developments.

  12. @Mangwende we Zimbabwe. The point here is not one of originality in making their product. It is that of distributing it whether it is original or not. Frankly we the customers don’t care whether it’s original or not as long as it sounds good to the ear. So leave them to sell their stuff in the streets.

  13. go to south africa well known artist sell ther ware mu street, go to zambia , kenya, tanzania, dr congo name them vanotengesa mu street mhani Mr Gwindi. hopefully your council is no going to waste resources kuita full council just to sunga Fungisai nehama dzavo dziri kubirwa nana Sean Timba. ukamuona akapaka mota acghiita ruzha ari kushandira mhuri yake iwe Sean Timba. ukamuona akabata svinga rema CD arikunotengesera ma fans ake mhani Sean Timba……. and the song goes on

  14. if musicians ar taking e law into their own hands, selling their music anywhere then music pirators should be allowed to break e law n sell their pirated products witout fear. (law n order to all…… its only fare.)

  15. Since indipendence ivo vanaGwindi havasati vavaka single toilet.thr r nw talking bout musicians sellin their own stuff but mapirator vanongoasiya vachiita zvavanoda.wat noise.ko vemachurch yavanoita palunch vakambotaura nezvayo?which legal distribution company is stil legal.selling at wat price.to who wen everyone is buying at strt coners.let them arest us tione zvinoita vanhu vatinobikira mimhanzi nemafirimu.tozoona magamuchirwo azvinoitwa nevenhau dzekunze kwenyika

  16. Most comments above shows that most of us endorse lawlesness – may be lawlessnes is only bad when election is rigged etc. Well guys dont you think they can do it in the frame work of law or amend the law if its not good for them ? This spirit you are encouraging will go a long way in every sector. Why do musicians go to big Pubishing media ? When it cost around 120 dollars to have a license to make and distribute music etc. Cds cost less than R1. Why cant they make and distribute legally on their own to all touchpoint ? Well piracy will never go becoz we like lawlessnes thats why we buy disc dollar for 6 is it not lawlessnes. Also thats why we encourage musician not to honour any law. Only in national election we would want someone to honour the very laws we are disregarding now

  17. Consider cleaning up the streets of the illegal vendors who litter the streets right now. clear up the drainages, clear the street of double-parking, manage the public transport operators and fill up the potholes toziva kuti muri kugona basa.

    The artists have resorted to the streets because there are systems in place to follow. If it’s ok for their music to be pirated and sold on the very same streets then they might as well sell the music themselves on the “open market” the council has allowed to run for a long time.

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