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Artistes cry foul over airplay royalties

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ARTISTES have expressed concern over the little money they are paid out for songs played on the country’s broadcasting stations, which they described as “peanuts”.

BY ARTS REPORTER
PAULINE-GUNDIDZA

Musicians receive $2,50 per song played on ZBC radio stations, 80 cents from ZiFM and 20 cents from Star FM.

Mafriq band member, Pauline Gunduza, said it was unfair to pay musicians such paltry amounts.

“It is unfair especially after going through recording and marketing of the music. How will artistes be able to pay their band members?” she queried.

Dino Mudondo said it is unfortunate that professional musicians are paid so little at a time they are victims of piracy.

“It is deplorable that while the authorities are failing to curb piracy, our only hope for survival, hinged on airplay royalties, is under threat because of the next-to-nothing amounts being paid to musicians,” he said.

Mudondo said it is heart-breaking that fellow musicians in countries like South Africa earn a decent living through income generated from airplay.

Zimbabwe Musicians Rights Association director, Polisile Ncube, however, said the rates paid out to musicians were fair.
“The rates being paid are fair compared to those being offered in the region and internationally,” she said.

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