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Piracy Killing Malawian Music

Things are not as the used to be: Banda Things are not as the used to be: Banda Image sourced at manaonline.gov.mw
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Musicians in Malawi are attributing their failure to release albums to a surge in piracy.

These days, most Malawian musicians only release their music in singles, with very few bothering to give fans a full package.

There has been a great evolution in music over the years, especially in terms of storage.

From Vinyl records to Tapes, down to CDs and now flash sticks and memory cards.

The easier the storage, however, the more challenging it is for artists to secure their works.

Musicians are now unable to sell albums as people can now easily access them without having to a cent.

Music enthusiasts now obtain their favourite songs simply by downloading them from websites that offer them for free, and through a lot of other ways, like having them transferred to their memory cards.

Veteran musician Lucius Banda is one of the local musicians discloses that because of this, he is reluctant to release albums these days.

“In the past we would release one or two singles and then the full album but now, things have changed. People may have all of your songs and not even your original CD. That alone is a setback for not only the artist but the music industry in Malawi,” Banda said.

He believes it is a moral issue, and that people with morals will appreciate the hard work by musicians by buying the music instead of burning or downloading for free.

However in an effort to curb the problem, urban music artists release singles just to gain popularity so that they get a chance to perform at live shows, from which they get returns.

Sir Patricks told Capital FM that nowadays albums are not working out, hence many artists preferring to only release singles.

Hip hop artist Third Eye tried in vain to fight piracy by developing an application which he claimed barred sharing if music was downloaded from it.

It was later discovered that people were still able to share the music.

On the streets of Blantyre, music lovers feel that some CDs are too expensive and cannot be purchased by everyone.

So far, it seems that everyone is clueless on ways to fight piracy.

Veteran Lucius Banda


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