Community radio stations to benefit artists

by | Oct 3, 2021 | Entertainment, Local News | 0 comments

Mashonaland East Correspondent

 

The Second Republic led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa should be commended for opening up the airwaves leading to the licensing of several community radio stations that provide addittional outlets for works of musicians.

 

This was said today by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Cde Monica Mutsvangwa represented by Permanent Secretary in her Ministry Nick Mangwana during the unveiling of a mausoleum for the late musician Tinei Chikupo in Murewa District.

 

Mr Mangwana said the progressive development in the broadcasting sector had not translated to an immediate improvement in the welfare of musicians as they were failing to get their royalties.

 

He said radio stations were failing to remit royalties to musicians or families of deceased musicians.

 

“The cry of musicians is that radio stations are failing to pay musicians”, Mr Mangwana said.

 

The Information Permanent Secretary revealed that during an occasion in Bulawayo, President Mnangagwa had tasked his ministry to ensure that musicians get their royalties timeously.

 

“Our offices are open to those artists failing to access their royalties”, said Mr Mangwana.

 

Besides the issue of royalties, Mr Mangwana also revealed that Gvt was also concerned with the issue of piracy that is impoverishing the livelihoods of artists.

 

Speaking at the same occasion M.P for Uzumba and once music promoter for Tinei Chikupo, Cde Simbaneuta Mudarikwa thanked the Ministry of Information for moulding a broadcasting industry that builds a lasting national consciousness. He said Chikupo was a principled musician who was good at communicating issues through music. He narrated an incident in Mhangura where Chikupo had a nasty encounter with a member of the colonial police force.

 

Born on March 19 1952, Tinei Chikupo passed-on on September 22 1992. He is known for hits like Mhuka Inemavara and Sirivia Hande Kumagobo

 

Among the speakers during the event was Jackson Phiri, a music teacher who taught Chikupo and other artists the art of music.

 

Besides relatives and friends of Tinei Chikupo, today’s event was also attended by Chief Mangwende, M.P for the area Cde Jonah Serewa , fellow musicians and people drawn from the local community