Malawi’s secular musician Skeffa Chimoto has said after taking stock of his music sales in 2011 and 2012, it has shown he has sold more CDs in foreign countries than Malawi.
Chimoto said this in an interview when he was giving an overview of his music sales over the past three years.
“2011 and 2012 music sales stocks have clearly shown that my music is doing well outside the country. I have made good sales in Malawi through tapes, but for CDs, foreign countries top with a wide margin,” says Skeffa.
The Nabola Moyo hit-maker says Mozambique, Zambia, Congo and Namibia are some of the countries that like his music.
He says every time he visits Zambia for performances, he sells over 700 CDs a day, which, the musician says, does not happen here.
“In Malawi, people don’t think much about buying music. Many people are also not concerned with quality of music they buy because burned music does not carry the same quality as original,” he says, while keeping a tight lid on total sales.
Skeffa adds that he has received reports that Ndife Amodzi is also doing well on most national radio stations and drinking joints in neighbouring countries.
He points out Zambia’s Club Kalahari, which is rated as one of the biggest clubs in Lusaka uses his music.
“Other hot spots that have also helped in improving my sales are Lishinga, Nampula and Tete in Mozambique,” notes Skeffa.
Skeffa is currently working on his fifth album. It will be out by June, this year. He, however, says closure of music distributor O.G Issah is likely to affect sales of what he calls good CD market outside Malawi.