24 April 2018
SPORT, Arts and Recreation Minister, Kazembe Kazembe, is behind Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo’s idea to launch a foundation aimed at assisting upcoming musicians and development of the industry.
This was revealed when the artiste paid Minister Kazembe a courtesy visit at his offices where piracy concerns were also raised.
“Mukanya has a very sound idea that we are going to support. He wants to set up a Thomas Mapfumo foundation.
“We are going to do our utmost best to ensure that he realizes his dream as it is good for the country and our industry,” Kazembe said.
The iconic musician said that in the United States, where he is based, children are encouraged to pursue their talents and parents should stop imposing career paths based on academics.
“If your child is good in sport, support that and do not overlook it as they have their own dreams.
“Ask what they want to pursue, if you force your child to become a doctor, they will become a bad one,” he said.
Kazembe said there is need to revisit existing piracy laws as they are not adequate and deterrent enough.
The Ministry will be initiating a process to relook at the law and ensure that it is more punitive.
“It is a matter of urgency.
“We are going to come up with a think tank, we have a lot of people who are knowledgeable as far as intellectual property is concerned and we will be engaging them.
“The situation is disturbing and worrisome,” he said.
A number of Mukanya CD compilations that were bought from roadside vendors for 50 cents were presented.
The 72-year old said it is a huge loss to him and also to the government.
“The government must get tax from sales and realize a profit but with such a situation we are all at a loss.
“A law must be put in place so that piracy criminals can be arrested because so much money goes into producing the works.
“We are currently working on something, we have spent so much only for someone to take advantage,” said Mukanya.
The seasoned artiste’s most awaited show will be taking place at Glamis Arena on April 28.