Sekurutau’s ‘piracy’ heartbreak

AFRICAN roots musician, Sekurutau — as Bryn Taurai Mteki is popularly known — has slammed upcoming musicians for helping to fuel the scourge of piracy, as they believe it is a way of reaching out to fans and attaining fame, yet it robes established full-time musicians the opportunity to earn a living.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

Sekurutau

Sekurutau

Sekurutau said it was disturbing that some artistes did not appreciate that piracy was criminal and deprived musicians of significant royalties from record sales.

“The massive increase in music piracy is treasonous to Zimbabwean artistes, the music industry and the country at large. It is worrisome that there are some artistes, who take pride and celebrate that piracy has brought them fame, while for some of us it buried all the revenue that from 2004 to 2008 I temporarily stop recording in protest to raise awareness,” he said.

Sekurutau said in the past, established musicians such as Leornard Dembo, Paul Matavire, Oliver Mtukudzi and John Chibadura made their money through a combination of record sales and live shows, but this was no longer possible due to the scourge of piracy.

Sekurutau said musicians must not dig their own graves, but protect their legacy.

“If all musicians join arms, stiffer policies on piracy can be implemented by the government through policymakers not to justify piracy claiming it is promoting them. We have to take control of our fate, the future of our music and our national heritage,” he said.

“The government and all stakeholders must look into this problem (piracy) as a matter of urgency. Jamaica is known for reggae, America is known for RnB Soul and pop while Zimbabwe we are also known for our rich music.”

Sekurutau said musicians must stop the culture of being “charity cases” by constantly hero-worshiping dishonest promoters.

“It is time that we rise to the occasion and make it more profitable to be a musician and treat it as a normal business and command the respect that we deserve as masters of arts,” he said.

9 Responses to Sekurutau’s ‘piracy’ heartbreak

  1. malubahumba chahototo August 10, 2017 at 11:42 am #

    sekuru tau vakazviporengera vega

  2. Hezvo izvo August 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

    The fight against piracy is a fight against technology. You can never win that fight because the rate at which technology is changing is faster than you can imagine. Musicians need to embrace technology and find ways of making money different from the traditional way of selling CDs. New artistes have done nothing wrong. The strategy is simple “get your music to the people and make them attend live shows”…that’s simple and straight forward.

    • Sam August 11, 2017 at 3:25 am #

      Very correct in your analysis.

  3. Verysorry August 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    Keep on singing “Viva Zanu, Zanu ndeyeropa” na Manyika wako. Tisiye apa. We can’t afford to buy original music now because that same Zanu has impoverished us. Back then when Dembo et al were making money from music the economy was still good. Even mukomana wemombe could afford to but his own Tempest radio (double deck) and an original Mazano cassette. And when you Tau supported Manyika in destroying our economy you know what happened. Poverty has no borders in one country bro…eat that or die complaining!

  4. Verysorry August 11, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    Sekurutau please keep singing “Viva Zanu, Zanu ndeyeropa” na Manyika then we will buy your original music. You are so stupid and can’t realize that a fish can’t survive out of water. We do not have money to spend on music because the economy is bad and was destroyed by zanoids like you. Long time ago we could afford to buy the music of Dembo et al because the economy was good. Even mukomana wemombe could afford to buy a Tempest radio (double deck) and an original Mazano cassette. Now yourself and Manyika bit the hand that feeds you. Feed on the blood reZanu yako iyoyo or go to hell, or both!!!

  5. Verysorry August 11, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    Sekurutau please keep singing “Viva Zanu, Zanu ndeyeropa” na Manyika then we will buy your original music. You are so stupid and can’t realize that a fish can’t survive out of water. We do not have money to spend on music because the economy is bad and was destroyed by zanoids like you. Long time ago we could afford to buy the music of Dembo et al because the economy was good. Even mukomana wemombe could afford to buy a Tempest radio (double deck) and an original Mazano cassette. Now yourself and Manyika bit the hand that feeds you. Feed on the blood reZanu yako iyoyo or go to hell, or both!!!

  6. NACIDO RICO August 11, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    You dug your own grave by mixing your music with politics. Zanu politicians used you to demonise and denigrate MDC and Tsvangirai. Dont you know that, there were many MDC supporters who were your fans b4 you ventured into politics thru music??? These fans deserted you soon after you released songs criticising MDC. WHY ARE YOU CRYING NOW? GO AND GET HELP FROM ZANU.

  7. NACIDO RICO August 11, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

    You dug your own grave by mixing your music with politics. Zanu politicians used you to demonise and denigrate MDC and Tsvangirai. Dont you know that, there are many MDC supporters who were your fans b4 you ventured into politics thru music??? These fans deserted you soon after you released songs criticising MDC. WHY ARE YOU CRYING NOW? GO AND GET HELP FROM ZANU.

    • swerakuenda August 13, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

      you could be wrong , this guy owns that whole shopping centre near Greendale which he turned into a personal rural growth point . I think financially , he is doing splendid and Zanu seems to have his back . He is still a war lord and a Zanu gangster .

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