While majority of local artists are feeling the pinch of piracy for days on end, foreign artists are capitalising on the same to make impressive inroads in countries like Malawi.
A testimony to this trend is Dr Tawanda Benson from Zimbabwe who is in the country for two shows slated for tomorrow at Robin’s Park in Blantyre and Lilongwe Golf Club on Sunday.
Courtesy of Mizu Entertainment Dr Tawanda will perform alongside the Black Missionaries, Nepman, Lulu and Anthony Makondetsa.
Speaking at a press briefing in Blantyre yesterday, Dr Tawanda said he was shocked to note that one of his songs Baba was making headlines in Malawi.
“Imagine, I haven’t come to Malawi to perform or sell my music but because of piracy here I am to perform. I am a Zimbabwean, but it really feels good to note that my music is being enjoyed and love by Malawians. Come on, it’s working. Piracy has taken me this far,” said Dr Tawanda.
The rampant acts of piracy in the country have popularised the music of most foreign acts, including that of Dr. Tawanga especially Baba, which collaborated Botswana’s Vee.
“We do music for people and we do music not to play in our bedrooms or dining rooms but for people out there to listen. So, let them pirate. It is a blessing in disguise because God loves me,” said Dr Tawanda.
Dr Tawanda clarified his doctorate title, saying it had nothing to do with education.
“Dr Tawanda is not a doctorate honour. It was a title given by Vee Mapela in Botswana when I visited the country for the first time. He said I was talented music producer who deserved the title,” said Dr Tawanda.
On his part, director of Mizu Entertainment Emmanuel Maliro said his outfit was committed to bringing foreign artists. n