Kabza De Small, DJ Zinhle and more are hardest hit as music piracy rises in Mzansi during lockdown.
Since the nationwide lockdown began in Mzansi, music has become one of the most sort after things in the country. Artists have also delivered new music with all the time in their hands.
While you’d think that this would be the best time for them to earn massively from their music, it isn’t. According to the Recording Industry of South Africa (Risa), music piracy has risen now more than before. Some of the pirated songs include “eMcimbini” by Kabza De Small, Blaq Diamond’s Love Letter, Tender Love by Sha Sha ft. DJ Maphorisa, Love You Tonight by MFR Souls.
Joyous Celebration’s Joyous 24 album is also part of the pirated songs. According to stats, songs download the weeks before the lockdown were around 8,170, now, it’s down to 7,221. The public has been encouraged to use music streaming platforms instead.
“There is no reason to pirate music and supporting unscrupulous sources is theft that hurts the artist. At the rate things are going, there will be a lot of damage done by the time things go back to normal,”
“This is our desperate plea to the music-loving public to refrain from piracy and do the right thing by accessing music from legitimate sources. The message has been sent out for many years, that piracy robs musicians out of what should be their hard-earned money” Risa CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi said.