Although last year left behind hundreds of music compilations, they have failed to cause a stir on the market as much as older productions.
A list of top-sellers compiled by OG Issah music distributor shows 12 of the 20 bestsellers in the year ended were carryovers from 2010.
Leading the pack, Katelele Ching’oma’s Ndili Nawo Mwayi sold about 89 900 copies while the second-placed Ali Music Collection Volume Four could only manage 75 550. Completing the top three is Skeffa Chimoto’s Ndife Amodzi, which offloaded 75 500 cassettes.
Other hot albums include Moses Makawa’s Khuzumule, which sold 25 000 copies despite emerging the best of the best in 2010.
The artist, who sold 52 700 copies in his glorious year, has also contributed Udzaone on the seventh position.
The release sold 25 000 copies, about 19 000 copies more than Dan Lu’s No Size, Black Missionaries’ Kuimba 8 andÃ‚Â Thocco Katimba’s 2010 best gospel album, Welenga Madalitso in the teens.
Chimoto, whose album has sold more than any other reggae album in two years, thanked his fans for the support and promised fireworks this year.
Salim Juma of Salim Music Centre described last year’s sales as the best ever but blamed lack of raw materials and forex for slowing down many albums that had the potential to sell more copies than declared.