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Zimura repositions for transformation


THE Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (Zimura) has repositioned itself by creating four new posts as part of a transformation drive.

Zimura, a music composers and publishers association, was established in 1982 to protect the rights of musicians and publishers under the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act Chapter 26:05.

The protection of works of the mind such as literature, music and art is also provided for in the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act.

Zimura is affiliated to the Confederation of International Societies of Authors and Composers based in Paris, France and also registered with the Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Office under the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs.

The Zimura board yesterday announced posts for its new board that was elected a fortnight ago at their last annual general meeting (AGM) held in Harare.

The new posts are director of information and publicity, and the director of innovation and strategy post assigned to award-winning urban groover Alexio “Goodchild” Gwenzi and rapper Mudiwa Hood, respectively.

Mudiwa Hood,

ICT and Courier Services deputy minister Dingumuzi Phuti, who was also appointed to the board, was assigned to the relationship management and liaison post, while Phillip Chifumbu was assigned to the events and planning portfolio.

A background check on Goodchild and Mudiwa Hood reveals that the former, who is also a television presenter, is a trained and qualified media professional who is set to graduate with a master of science in journalism and media studies from the Midlands State University this year.

Mudiwa Hood is a qualified banker and senior manager at Steward Bank and for his Zimura post, the rapper will mainly focus on finding ways to generate more revenue for the organisation.

In a statement, Goodchild said the new positions were created to increase effectiveness of the board as the association seeks to transform itself.

“We can say this is a transformational board, and the coming in of young blood such as myself, Janet Manyowa and Mudiwa Hood into the board will see the organisation transforming into a world class collective management organisation,” Goodchild said.

Janet Manyowa

Meanwhile, at the AGM, veteran singer and poet Albert Nyathi was re-elected as the chairperson of the board, while seasoned sungura singer First Farai got the vice-chair post with popular female gospel musician Manyowa, a qualified accountant, retaining her treasurer post.

Witness Zhangazha continues with his role as the association’s legal advisor, while Zimura’s executive director Polisile Ncube Chimhini remains as ex-officio member of the board, doubling up as the board secretary.

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