Based on recent research, the rate of piracy has skyrocketed during this period of lockdown. However, popular South African record producer and disc jockey, DJ Maphorisa, is not surprised by the rise in the illegal act.
The Recording Industry of SA (Risa) recently revealed the ten most illegally downloaded songs during the national lockdown.
The list of songs includes- ‘Tender Love’ by Sha Sha featuring DJ Maphorisa, ‘eMcimbini’ by Kabza de Small, ‘Umlilo’ by DJ Zinhle, ‘Love Letter’ by Blaq Diamond, and ‘Love You Tonight’ by MFR Souls.
DJ Maphorisa has shrugged off piracy as he believes it is ‘out of fashion,’ even though Lowd Porry has been revealed to be behind most of the illegally downloaded tracks in Mzansi.
The award-winning DJ took to his Twitter page to write:
Piracy is out of fashion we don’t use CDs and DVDs anymore, we stream. I don’t know what you’re talking about.
— Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) April 20, 2020
Thereafter, he reassured his fans that the report of the ‘piracy’ of his music did not affect him and he is ‘doing alright.’
DJ Maphorisa urged social media users who keep mentioning his name in comments to explain what piracy means in 2020. He further stated that he believes his music cannot be pirated.
Please don’t put my name there, I am doing alright. OK, elaborate piracy for me ke eng ka 2020? Please dnt put my name there, iam doing alright.
Please dnt put my name there, iam doing alright
— Madumane (@DjMaphorisa) April 20, 2020
A follower supported DJ Maphorisa’s claim by stating that him and Kabza De Small upload their music on Data File Host before uploading them on iTunes and Spotify, and he is of the belief that this method prevents music from technically falling victim to piracy.
The talented DJ responded to his follower by stating that people did not just ‘get it.’